At the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, our physicians are specialty-trained and dedicated to offering personalized support and care. A native of New York City, Dr. Alan Keller attended medical school at Northwestern University after completing his undergraduate degree at Queens College. Upon graduation in 1980, Dr. Keller went on to complete his residency and general surgery training at Beth Israel Medical Center. He subsequently completed a vascular fellowship at Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn. Since moving to Central Florida in 1987, Dr. Keller has served as the Chief of Staff at Florida Hospital in Kissimmee and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Keller is board certified and maintains membership in the American College of Phlebology and all other major vascular and phlebology societies. He is also a proud fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Keller, Dr. Horowitz, or Dr. Wehr, contact the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center by calling (407) 293-5944. We are pleased to offer a variety of treatment options including endovenous laser treatment, vein lite sclerotherapy, and aesthetic laser services. Please visit our website for more information about our four Central Florida locations.
Varicose veins are a common cosmetic concern that most frequently affect the legs. In some cases, varicose veins also cause discomfort or pain. If you suffer from varicose veins, there are a variety of non-invasive vein therapy options available to eliminate them and restore your confidence in the appearance of your legs.
Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur when the one-way valves inside the veins malfunction or wear out. When these valves do not function properly, blood pools inside the vein rather than being transported up the legs to the heart. Pooling blood causes the vein to expand and turn dark red, blue, or purple, forming a varicose vein. In many cases, the valves simply wear out due to age. However, there are other factors that contribute to the formation of varicose veins. Being overweight and minimally-active puts excess strain on your cardiovascular system, affecting the veins and their valves. Pregnancy can also cause the formation of varicose veins. Varicose veins are hereditary, meaning if many members of your family suffer from them, you are more likely to develop varicose veins as well.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
A varicose vein is a thick, swollen, twisted vein visible beneath the skin. Veins may range from red or purple to blue or green in color. Varicose veins may cause discomfort in the legs, such as dull pain, itching, or a burning sensation. Your legs may feel heavy or tired, especially after long periods of sitting or standing. In some cases, varicose veins cause swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about your varicose veins and the possible treatment options.
At the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, we are here to offer solutions that end the embarrassment and pain of varicose veins. Call (407) 293-5944 to schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Orlando, Ocoee, Kissimmee, or The Villages. Check out our blog to read more about prevention and treatment of varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is a common and non-invasive treatment option for varicose veins. During sclerotherapy treatment, medication is injected into the varicose vein that causes it to disappear. Today, there are two main types of sclerotherapy used to address varicose veins: conventional sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy. Talk to your vein specialist to determine which treatment option is best for your needs.
During sclerotherapy treatment, varicose veins are identified and injected with a medicated solution called a sclerosant. The sclerosant solution causes damage to the walls of the varicose vein, causing a blood clot to form inside the vein. Over time, the damaged vein is destroyed naturally by the body and disappears from sight. The most common sclerosant used today is a solution called sodium tetradecyl sulphate, or STD. The amount of STD injected into the vein will depend upon the size of the varicose vein; more solution is needed to address larger veins.
Foam sclerotherapy is a relatively new treatment option. This treatment is similar to conventional sclerotherapy, but uses a foaming form of STD rather than a liquid solution. Foam is created by rapidly agitating liquid STD with air. The major benefit of foam sclerotherapy is that a smaller dosage of STD solution is needed during sclerotherapy treatment. Because foam takes up a larger volume than liquid alone, larger veins can be treated using less sclerosant. Foam sclerotherapy is performed using ultrasound guidance, and can be used to treat veins that have been previously addressed via surgery.
At the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, we can help you find the best treatment to eliminate varicose veins. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to restore your confidence in your legs and enjoy life without pain or discomfort with treatments that include sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy. Click through our website or call (407) 293-5944 to find out more about us!
Varicose veins are swollen or bulging veins that often appear in the legs. They are most common in the legs because of the unique factors affecting the veins in this part of the body. Because the heart is located in the torso, blood traveling from the legs back to the heart is affected by the pull of gravity. Additionally, the veins in the legs are subjected to the pressure caused by the weight of your body every time you walk or stand. These factors wear down the valves inside the veins, which are responsible for moving blood in a one-way direction up to the heart. As these valves weaken, blood can flow backward to pool in the vein and cause a varicose vein.
Today, there are many minimally-invasive options to eliminate unsightly varicose veins. If you’d like to learn more about endovenous laser treatment, vein lite sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, and more, call the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center at (407) 293-5944. Click through our blog to learn more about the causes and risk factors that lead to varicose veins and find out how you can prevent them.
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