Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue, they can also be a symptom of vascular issues and lead to other problems down the road.

Dr. Christian Zwick, Vascular Surgeon with the Quincy Medical Group (QMG) Vein Institute, said varicose veins result from reflux that occurs when the body has difficulty sending blood back to the heart from the body’s limbs. Clusters of blue or dark purple can appear through the skin and veins can become visible on your legs and feet.

“The condition can leave many feeling self-conscious about their appearance and keep them from enjoying everyday activities or showing their legs or feet,” he explained. “In addition, if left untreated, complications can occur such as ulcerations or sores that open up in the limb.”

Once it appears, venous reflux disease doesn’t go away without treatment. The condition is progressive and can worsen over time if not addressed.  Treatment varies depending on the patient and their individual condition, but an anti-reflux procedure can provide lasting results.

The QMG Vein Institute has performed hundreds of anti-reflux procedures over the years.  The newest treatment choice is the VenaSeal, a minimally invasive procedure provided by QMG that treats varicose veins and venous reflux.

“VenaSeal uses an advanced medical adhesive to safely and effectively close the site of the vein,” shared Dr. Zwick. “Benefits of treatment include a rapid recovery period for patients and a reduced need for compression stocking therapy post-procedure.  The VenaSeal also provides positive cosmetic results, so patients can feel good about the look and feel of their legs.”

If you have varicose veins or have concerns about your vascular health, Dr. Zwick recommends calling the QMG Vein Institute.  Dr. Zwick and his colleague, Dr. Timothy Smith, share a combined experience of over 50 years in the region and will be there for you before, during, and after your treatment.  Beyond varicose veins, they treat a wide variety of conditions including spider veins, venous insufficiency, and vein-related leg pain.

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