Description of Condition
Varicose veins are formed as a result of venous insufficiency, a condition caused from incompetent valves. They can originate from several different systems including the greater saphenous vein, the short saphenous vein, the anterior lateral branch and the thigh extension branch. Varicose veins appear as twisted, enlarged veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. The goal of the endovenous laser treatment is to eliminate the defective veins forcing blood to return to the heart through the deep vein system.
Symptoms of varicose veins may include the following:
- Aching or burning in the legs
- Edema in the legs or ankles
- Leg cramps or sores
- Itching of the skin around a vein
- Open wounds such as skin ulcers around the ankle