Varicose Veins

Randall Juleff, MD, FACS -  - Cardiovascular Surgeon

La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center

Randall Juleff, MD, FACS

Cardiovascular Surgeon & Phlebologist located in New Orleans, Covington, LA & Metairie, LA

If you’re living with varicose veins, you know those swollen blue and purple veins aren’t just unattractive, they also cause symptoms like aches, cramps, and swelling. At La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center in Covington and Metairie, Louisiana, Dr. Randall Juleff offers expert diagnosis and treatment for varicose veins. If you’re concerned about your varicose veins, call or make an appointment online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the thick, ropey blue and purple veins that develop on your legs and feet. They develop when the valves in the blood vessels in your legs don’t function properly and cause blood to pool and clot in a blood vessel.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are often caused by vascular health issues, such as peripheral arterial disease, that decrease the efficiency of blood circulation in your extremities. Other factors that contribute to your risk of developing varicose veins include:

Age

Your blood vessels weaken and lose elasticity as you get older. This allows them to stretch and become less efficient at pushing your blood back toward your heart.

Pregnancy

While pregnancy increases the amount of blood in your veins, it also decreases the amount of blood that reaches your legs, rerouting excess blood to support your developing baby. While this supports healthy fetal development, it can also lead to the development of varicose veins.

Obesity

If you’re overweight or obese, the excess pressure on your legs can impede efficient circulation.

Career

If you spend a lot of time standing or sitting in the same position all day, your circulation can become less efficient.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Juleff uses a wide range of treatments to remove varicose veins. His first step is to determine if your varicose veins are caused by an underlying medical condition, which is often the case. In these situations, he offers treatments to address the cause of your varicose veins before removing the veins themselves.

Varicose vein treatments include:

Microphlebectomy

Dr. Juleff uses a local anesthetic to numb your legs before making tiny incisions to physically remove the varicose veins using a hook-like tool.

Endovenous laser treatment

During this minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Juleff uses ultrasound imaging to guide a laser fiber through your blood vessel until it reaches the varicose vein. The laser heats the vein, causing it to close and seal behind the fiber as it’s withdrawn from the vein.

Radiofrequency ablation

Like endovenous laser treatment, Dr. Juleff guides a tube through your veins until it reaches the varicose vein. The radiofrequency energy heats and seals your varicose vein.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins by injecting them with a chemical solution that closes and seals the veins.

If you’re concerned about varicose veins, call or book an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary.

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