Varicose vein treatment often is thought to be a cosmetic procedure favored by middle-aged patients seeking to preserve their youthful looks. But anyone who suffers from varicose veins and the accompanying symptoms, like painful and swollen legs, knows differently.
Your risk of varicose veins and other venous conditions increases as you age. That’s because aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins, weakening them and diminishing their ability to effectively regulate blood flow. Eventually those valves fail, causing blood to flow backward and pool in your veins rather than flowing upward to your heart. That pooled blood causes veins to expand and bulge. Over time, they may become elongated, twisted, pouched, and thickened. Pain, swelling and more serious venous conditions can follow.
Many patients simply accept varicose veins and related symptoms as an unavoidable part of aging. Not so, says Jacksonville vein specialist Dr. James St. George of the St. Johns Vein Center.
“There is no need to suffer with painful or swollen legs,” he says. “I treat patients in their late eighties routinely.”
Today’s elderly are increasingly active and health-savvy. They’re exercising more, eating better, socializing and taking better care of themselves overall. They demand cutting-edge medical care that delivers results with fewer risks and less downtime.
Answering that call, Dr. St. George specializes in non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments that don’t require anesthesia or extended recovery times. Treatment options include compression hose, endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy. If you suffer from varicose veins or another venous insufficiency condition – no matter how advanced your age – call the St. Johns Vein Center at 904-402-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consultation.