Memphis Vein Center
Kishore K. Arcot , MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI
Cardiology & Vascular Medicine located in Memphis, TN
Did you know that three out of every 10 adults have varicose veins? While anyone can develop varicose veins, they’re especially common in women and people who work jobs that require long periods of standing. At Memphis Vein Center in Memphis, Tennessee, board-certified cardiologist Kishore Arcot, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, and the caring team treat varicose veins and spider veins using several advanced treatments. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Varicose Veins Q & A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are large, visible veins that usually appear on your calves and thighs. They occur when the vein valves in your legs become damaged. If your vein valves don’t work properly, blood can flow backward and pool. Over time, this pooling causes your veins to stretch and twist.
Varicose veins are unsightly, but for many people, they also cause uncomfortable symptoms. Without treatment, you might experience burning, itching, or cramping.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small visible veins that form just beneath the surface of your skin. They’re usually purple, blue, or green and develop on your cheeks, nose, and legs.
Spider veins occur for a variety of reasons, including rosacea, the natural aging process, sun exposure, and pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
The symptoms of varicose veins vary. Common indications of varicose veins include:
- Veins that are dark blue or purple
- Veins that appear twisted or bulging
- Leg pain
- Aching legs
- Heavy legs
- Itching around one or more veins
- Skin discoloration
Pain caused by varicose veins is usually worse after long periods of sitting or standing.
How are varicose veins and spider veins treated?
Treatment of varicose veins and spider veins depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Dr. Arcot might recommend:
Endovenous laser ablation
Endovenous laser ablation therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to safely eradicate varicose veins and spider veins.
Treatment takes less than an hour and provides immediate relief from uncomfortable symptoms. During EVLT, Dr. Arcot directs small bursts of laser energy at damaged veins. This causes the veins to seal and collapse, rerouting your blood to healthier veins throughout your body.
ClariVein is a specialty infusion catheter that uses a rotating wire tip to treat varicose veins and spider veins. The treatment is quick, minimally invasive, and pain-free. It doesn’t use thermal energy or require needle-stick injections. This equates to quicker recovery times and less bruising.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a medical-grade sclerosant (foam solution) to treat varicose veins and spider veins. Once the sclerosant enters your body, it irritates the walls of your damaged veins and causes them to collapse. Sclerotherapy is quick, effective, and requires very little downtime.
Microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that involves Dr. Arcot surgically removing a varicose vein. The treatment takes place under local anesthesia and requires no sutures or stitches. Microphlebectomy is well-tolerated and provides near-instant results.
What type of varicose vein treatment is right for me?
The type of varicose vein treatment that will most benefit you depends on your health history and goals for treatment. Following a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Arcot develops a custom care plan that aligns with your individual needs.
Don’t let varicose veins keep you sidelined. Schedule an appointment at Memphis Vein Center by calling or booking online today.