Vein problems are common in the U.S. and around the world. By age 50, nearly 40% of women and 20% of men have some type of significant vein disorder. Vein disorders are manifested in a variety of ways. Varicose veins are large, blue, ropy structures which bulge in the skin and are often unsightly as well as painful. Spider veins are small blood vessels in the skin, either blue or red, and are often arranged in clusters or branches. Stasis dermatitis is the red or brown skin color change around the ankle and lower leg, caused by chronic venous stasis. Venous ulcers develop on the inside of the ankle most commonly, but sometimes on the outside as well.
The treatments to eliminate varicose veins and all vein abnormalities have improved dramatically in the past 10 years. Newer, less invasive methods have proven far superior to the old stripping operations. Leg pain is relieved, leg swelling often goes away within a couple of weeks and the unsightly veins disappear. Many of our patients wear shorts after years of hiding their legs. Quality of life is significantly improved in most of our patients, for they can again become active. Equally important, Medicare and all insurance companies pay for many of these procedures. All procedures can be performed in our Vein Center, hospitalization is unnecessary. All patients with symptomatic vein insufficiency can be treated, almost regardless of age. We have treated patients as young as 16 and as old as 95.
For more information on how to schedule a free vein screening with Dr. Mark Schwartz at the North Shore Vein Center, call 516-869-VEIN (8346).