By Christen Croley, The Sentinel
Varicose veins can be painful and unsightly, but two Mechanicsburg doctors say treatment is easier than most patients realize.
“The classic procedure for treating the condition was vein stripping, and it is just as gruesome as the name implies,” said Dr. David Calcagno, co-owner of Calcagno and Rossi Vein Treatment Center in Mechanicsburg. “But we have more simple ways to fix it now with no downtime.”
Healthy veins pump blood to the heart through valves. However, varicose veins occur when these valves malfunction and blood pools in the vein, causing pain, swelling, heaviness and in more severe cases, discoloring and hardening of the skin.
“Generally it just doesn’t get better – heaviness and tiredness in the veins gets worse,” said Dr. John A. Rossi, also a co-owner of Calcagno and Rossi Vein Treatment Center. “Worse case scenario is the progression of skin hardening and eventually pressure on the skin is so high that ulcers can occur.”
Several factors contribute to the likelihood of developing the condition, including family history, pregnancy and standing for long periods of time. Although men do suffer from varicose veins, Calcagno and Rossi both say women between the ages of 35 and 55 are most at risk.
“This is a progressive disease and a recognized medical condition,” Calcagno said. “They (patients) don’t have to live that way, it’s unreasonable.”
Calcagno and Rossi say the Vein Treatment Center offers a range of minimally invasive treatments for patients to consider.
“No more incision cutting or suture, and we use local anesthetic so patients are awake the entire time,” Rossi said. “A lot of patients will say their legs feel better as soon as they got off the table.”
For more information about varicose veins and possible treatment options, please visit www.veinexpertspa.com.