Question for Dr. Christopher Meyer, a general, vascular and thoracic surgeon in in Lake Wales, who is on the medical staff of Lake Wales Medical Center.
Dr. Christopher Meyer.
What are varicose veins and spider veins? Are they dangerous? Varicose veins are large, twisting veins. They are caused by blood pooling in the legs. They can be painful and dangerous in some situations. For example, they can bleed if cut or bumped. They also can form clots and become infected, a condition known as thrombophlebitis. Also, blood pooling in the legs can cause leg swelling, brown discoloration of the skin, or even ulcers. Fortunately, there is a laser procedure called EVLT which cures varicose veins and their accompanying symptoms without surgery. This can be done in the office, during your lunch break with minimal discomfort and no recovery. This procedure is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Spider veins are tiny red or purple veins. Although they may be a sign of a deeper problem, spider veins themselves are harmless. Patients who find them unsightly can choose to have them treated using one of several available in-office treatment options.