FAQs

When it comes to spider veins and varicose veins, or other vascular conditions, you may have a lot of questions. The vascular surgeon team at Connecticut Vascular Surgical Associates, P.C. is ready to answer your questions and concerns. Our team specializes in treating common vascular conditions such as spider veins and varicose veins, as well as more complex issues such as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), aortic aneurysm, and more. For information on spider vein or varicose vein treatment in the Stratford and Fairfield, CT areas, take a look at our frequently asked questions below or give us a call for more information.

Spider Veins in Fairfield, Shelton & Bridgeport, CT

Frequently Asked Questions

How do spider veins occur?
Spider veins occur when blood flows backward due to weakened or damaged valves, causing blood to pool near the surface of the skin.

Where do spider veins most commonly occur?
Spider veins most commonly occur on the legs or face.

What causes spider veins on legs?
Spider veins are an extremely common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors including old age, gender (more common in females), genetics, pregnancy, obesity, and sun damage.

What is the best spider vein treatment?
Spider veins can be treated with injections that cause your blood vessels to shrink, known as sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy has been proven extremely effective in reducing the appearance of spider veins.

What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins usually appear as bulging, bluish cords running just beneath the surface of the skin behind the knees and on the calves and thighs. They occur when vein walls weaken and valves do not close properly, causing swollen ankles, itchy skin, and aching in the affected limb.

Who is likely to develop varicose veins?
Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 35% of people in the United States. Women are at least twice as likely as men to develop them.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Patients may experience no symptoms at all while others may experience aching, cramping, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs. Symptoms typically worsen throughout the day and are partially relieved by elevation or wearing compression socks or stockings.

What is the best varicose vein treatment?
Varicose vein treatment options include sclerotherapy, vein ablation (laser or radio-frequency), stripping and ligation, and ambulatory phlebectomy. Knee-high compression stockings can help relieve symptoms. Our vascular surgeon can discuss the right approach for your condition.

What are your business hours?
We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm and closed Saturday and Sunday.

How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment or for more information, please call us at (203) 382-1900 or fill out the form to request an appointment.