By Jackie Perreira
Varicose veins and spider veins are something that we see all of the time. In fact, over 30 million people in this country, which is roughly half of all middle aged and elderly adults, have something called venous insufficiency. This is a condition where the deeper veins of the legs are not functioning properly. It is often an inherited problem, so if your parents and grandparents had vein problems, the likelihood is that you will too. While they may seem to be a surface nuisance only, varicose veins and spider veins are almost always a sign of this deeper vein problem, and so it must be treated properly. Vein Clinics of Hawaii, led by triple board certified Dr. Randall S. Juleff, is your answer.
Vein Clinics of Hawaii treats venous disorders of many kinds and the best way to know what is going on if you’re displaying symptoms is to make an appointment at one of the company’s four Hawaii locations. Vein Clinics of Hawaii has offices in Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. All locations offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date technology for modern vein care. And the good news is that both evaluation and treatment of vein diseases are covered by Medicare and health-insurance policies.
“We opened these locations to expand and accommodate outer-island patients and because I’m committed to bringing high-quality modern vein care to all of Hawaii,” explains Juleff, who has 20 years of experience. Over the past two decades he has treated hundreds of patients with venous disorders as well as a wide range of vascular, thoracic, and cardiac diseases.
His expert advice? Don’t overlook your vein discomfort. Left untreated the process of venous insufficiency can lead to very serious complications including blood clot formation and skin ulceration.
“Varicose veins and spider veins are almost never just a cosmetic issue. Symptoms come on relatively slowly and over a long period of time so many people think that symptoms may just be a part of the natural aging process. Nothing could be further from the truth, and most symptoms are eliminated very nicely by minimally invasive, in-office procedures that are very easily tolerated.
“Achiness, heaviness, fatigue at the end of the day, and even chronic swelling of the feet and ankles are very common symptoms of venous insufficiency,” he continues. “Another little known sign of vein disease is brownish discoloration of the lower part of the legs. As the discoloration gets worse, the skin starts to thin and ulceration can follow very shortly thereafter.”