Vein Conditions in Portland, ME
You can’t always be in charge of how you get your vein condition, but you can be in charge of how you handle it. Dr. Robert Abrahamsen and the expert team at Advanced Vein Center are dedicated to giving you the quality care you deserve, so you can go back to living your healthiest and happiest life. We are proud to offer information on and treatments for common vein conditions to men and women in Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, and the neighboring communities in Maine.
What are Vein Conditions?
A vein condition or vein disorder occurs when the veins are damaged or are no longer able to efficiently transport blood from one area of the body to another. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 50-55 percent of women and 40-45 percent of men suffer from vein conditions or venous disorders. For some, venous disorders may be mostly cosmetic, characterized by the appearance of unsightly spider and varicose veins. However, others may experience painful symptoms that keep them from participating in some of the activities they once enjoyed.
How Much do Vein Condition Treatments Cost?
The cost of your vein disorder treatment is going to vary depending on your current health insurance plan, the type of treatment you choose, and the extent of treatment needed to help you achieve your desired results. To get a more accurate estimate of the cost of your vein disorder treatment, we encourage you to come into our office for a private consultation with Dr. Abrahamsen and his skilled team.
Am I at Risk of Getting a Vein Condition?
While it is impossible to accurately predict exactly who will develop a vein condition, there are certain risk factors that will increase your likelihood of developing a disorder:
- Heredity – Your family history is probably the best predictor of vein disorders, which means if one or both of your parents had varicose veins, you are more likely to have them as well.
- Age – Risk for varicose veins and other vein disorders increases exponentially with age since veins can become damaged or wear out over time.
- Gender – Women are more likely to develop varicose veins, but men are not immune to the condition. Unfortunately, men are less likely to seek treatment, which increases their risk of complications over time.
- Medical History – If you have a history of blood clots or a disorder known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT, you are more likely to develop varicose veins.
- Weight Gain – Additional weight puts a strain on the vessels in the lower leg as they have to work even harder to push blood back up the body to the heart. In addition, extra weight can impact the outcome of vein treatments for some patients.
- Lifestyle Factors – A sedentary lifestyle puts you at greater risk for vein conditions since the muscles aren’t working to help pump blood back to the heart. Jobs that require long periods of sitting or standing can also increase your risk for varicose veins and other disorders.
How Do I Know If I Have a Vein Condition?
Unfortunately, because vein conditions are caused by so many different factors, vein conditions can often be hard to predict. That being said, there are a variety of visible symptoms that may indicate that you have a vein disorder.
- The appearance of red or blue vein networks on the skin’s surface, known as spider veins
- Bulging, twisting veins that appear like ropes above the surface of the skin
- Aching or fatigued legs, particularly by the end of the day
- Leg cramping or restless leg syndrome, especially at night when you try to rest
- Itching or burning of the skin around the affected veins
- Skin changes like thickening or discoloration
- The formation of open sores, known as venous ulcers
What Vein Conditions are Treated at Advanced Vein Center?
At Advanced Vein Center, we are happy to offer treatments for the following vein conditions and vein disorders:
- Leg Pain
- Leg pain is often one of the first symptoms of a vein disorder and can range from a general achiness to sharp, burning pain in the area of the affected veins.
- Spider Veins
- Spider veins are networks of red, blue, or purple lines that appear on the surface of the skin. While they often appear on the legs, spider veins can also appear on the abdomen or face.
- Varicose Veins
- Varicose veins typically strike the lower leg and can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, skin changes, and even ulcerations in the skin that are difficult to treat.
Dr. Robert Abrahamsen and the expert team at Advanced Vein Center are proud to offer advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments for your vein disorder. Located in the heart of Portland, we are happy to offer our services to men and women in Westbrook, Scarborough, and the neighboring communities in Maine. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Abrahamsen today.