Varicose Veins Specialist

George Liberis, MD, ScD, FACS

General Surgeon located in New City, NY

If you’ve developed ropy, bulging veins that are not only unsightly but painful, too, various surgical solutions can help. Dr. George N. Liberis offers several options that permanently eliminate varicose veins, restoring smooth, healthy skin to the area. If you’re in New City, New York, and varicose veins plague you, call the office or schedule an appointment online to get help.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Your veins carry blood back to your heart and the farther the veins are from your heart, the harder they have to work, fighting gravity along the way. Your veins have tiny valves at regular intervals, opening when blood is coming up through and closing to prevent backward flow. If these valves begin to fail, blood can pool, and your veins can varicose, pushing out toward the surface of your skin.

With these physics in mind, it stands to reason that varicose veins typically show up in your legs, where distance and gravity are major challenges. Most of the time, varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern, but they can also become painful and lead to ulcers and blood clots.

What causes varicose veins?

There are many reasons why the valves in your legs may not be working correctly, including:

Age

As you age, your tissue loses elasticity, including your veins, which can lead to pooling.

Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, you have more blood in your body and less circulation around your legs.

Gender

Women are more likely to develop varicose veins because of hormonal shifts, which affect the elasticity in the vein walls.

Standing

If you spend a lot of time on your feet, your veins are working harder to deliver blood back to your heart, and they may weaken.

Obesity

Extra weight causes extra pressure on your veins, which they may not be able to handle.

How are varicose veins treated?

If your varicose veins cause pain or discomfort, or they lead to secondary problems, such as ulcers, Dr. Liberis can eliminate them using the following surgical techniques:

Sclerotherapy

Dr. Liberis injects your veins with a solution that causes them to shrivel up and close, eventually fading away. For larger varicose veins, he injects a foam into the vein to close it.

Vein removal

Dr. Liberis ties off the vein and removes it through tiny incisions.

Endoscopic removal

For problematic varicose veins, Dr. Liberis inserts a tiny camera and closes off the veins where needed.

In all of these cases, the surgery is relatively minor, and Dr. Liberis can often perform them on an outpatient procedure. Rest assured, your blood finds another route back to your heart, so there are no health consequences after removing your varicose veins.

If your varicose veins are causing you pain or discomfort, call Dr. Liberis, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

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