If you have varicose veins, spider veins, restless leg syndrome, or lymphedema due to surgery, then it is in your best interest to see a medical vein specialist who knows how to treat these issues successfully. After all, anything that affects your circulatory system can have an impact on other aspects of your health.
You may be wondering how exactly to go about finding the best vein surgeon here in Kansas City. Let’s talk about some of the factors involved in treating vein issues, and where you can go for a consultation with one of the first doctors to be certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
What Is Vein Disease?
Vein disease – also known as venous disease – involves inefficiency, blockage, and/or malformation of the blood vessels (veins) which carry blood back to the heart after cells have received oxygen and nutrients from the blood. Age, inactivity, smoking, and other factors can cause the vein walls to weaken and bulge.
In the case of spider veins and varicose veins, the valves within the veins are not always working properly. Valves are located throughout the veins, and they ensure that the blood flows only toward the heart and not backward. Because the veins (especially in the legs) are far away from the heart, these valves are important in ensuring that the “used” blood continues to flow correctly, as these vessels do not receive as much pressure each time the heart pumps. When one or more valves fail, the blood can pool in the vein, causing varicose veins or spider veins if the veins are close to the skin’s surface.
Small, thin, and inefficient veins can cause spider veins in the face and legs. Plus, deeper veins in the legs and arms are prone to dangerous blood clots when circulation is sluggish or when undue pressure is placed on the vein walls. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially fatal condition and must be addressed by an experienced vein surgeon.
Vascular surgeons and vein specialists usually treat disorders of the lymph system as well – most notably lymphedema associated with trauma, cancer, and other medical issues that cause a blockage in the lymphatic system, resulting in swelling. The lymphatic system works in tandem with the circulatory system, and it is a key part of the immune system.
How Can a Vein Surgeon Help?
A vein specialist has extra years of hands-on training after medical school in the diagnosis and treatment of all issues that are related to the circulatory system. If you have a circulation or vein issue, a vein surgeon can employ treatments including minimally invasive surgical techniques, compression therapy, or medication, and the doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes to promote proper circulation.
World-Class Vein Surgeon in Kansas City, MO
Here at Missouri Vein Specialists, our vascular surgeon Dr. Scott Darling is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He has been practicing medicine since 1999, and he is also board-certified in interventional sports medicine.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Darling, contact our caring staff today by calling us at (816) 792-3400 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner!