Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a phlebologist?
A phlebologist is a board-certified physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating venous disease.
- What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are those that become large and swollen as a result of an abnormality or defect in the vein valves. They can be discolored, more toward the surface of the skin, and appear worm-like.
- What causes varicose veins?
When the valves no longer function properly, blood refluxes or pool in an area of the vessel that causes the vein to take on a wider diameter. This can also occur as a result of weakening in the vein wall which can be caused by hormone changes, genetics, pregnancy, and obesity.
- Can varicose veins be cured?
Yes, varicose veins can be cured if properly treated in a timely manner, but the venous disorder cannot be cured permanently.
- What is a skin ulcer?
An ulcer in the skin is caused by veins that reflux due to disease. Early warning signs of this include drying of the skin and darkening in color.