Benjamin J. Makamson, D.O.
Lee C. Ferguson, D.O.
Michael B. Hogan, M.D.
Ralph B. Pfeiffer, Jr., M.D.

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varicose veins

Varicose veins may seem harmless, but they lead to chronic pain, swelling or ulceration. Vascular Associates of South Alabama is a leading provider of varicose vein treatments for men and women in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and surrounding areas. The physicians at Vascular Associates of South Alabama use the most effective and innovative treatment options available to treat varicose veins for our patients. Minimally-invasive procedures can be performed right on-site at our state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Mobile, Alabama.

 

What are the symptoms of Varicose Veins?

The most visible sign of varicose veins is the bulging, purplish appearance the veins cause just beneath the skin’s surface. 

Without treatment, varicose veins can also cause:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Pain
  • Dull aching
  • Feelings of heaviness or tiredness in the limbs
  • Skin tears or ulceration in severe cases

Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Varicose veins can also be a sign of a more serious underlying circulation problem, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

 

How does Vascular Associates of South Alabama treat varicose veins?

There are many options for treating varicose veins, and the physicians at Vascular Associates of South Alabama are skilled in determining the best treatment for each patient’s specific needs. Most treatments involve closing off the damaged vein to prevent blood flow. The blood will automatically reroute to neighboring healthy veins without causing any negative effects. Some of the most popular varicose vein treatment options include:

  • Sclerotherapy injections: Using special chemical formulations to close off the damaged vein
  • Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT): Uses very thin fibers to transmit laser energy to the interior walls of the damaged vein, resulting in vein closure
  • Phlebectomy or micro phlebectomy (sometimes called ambulatory phlebectomy): a procedure designed to remove the damaged vein through tiny openings in the skin
  • Compression stockings help squeeze blood out of the leg back towards the heart and prevent pooling of the blood in the legs. 

The physicians at Vascular Associates of South Alabama are experienced in providing a variety of minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. Most treatments can be done conveniently in our on-site facility in Mobile, Alabama


Do all varicose veins need to be treated?

Not all varicose veins cause symptoms or pose serious medical risks, but they can be a sign of an underlying vascular condition and they can interfere with normal circulation. That’s why all varicose veins should be evaluated by a vascular specialist. If you’re suffering from varicose veins, schedule an evaluation with one of our expert physicians at Vascular Associates of South Alabama.

We welcome the opportunity to treat new patients in South Alabama and surrounding areas. For your convenience, our practice accepts most major medical insurance plans. 

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