Varicose Veins Specialist

Kurt Hubach, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC

Kurt Hubach, MD

Family Practice Physician & Laser Specialist located in Bedford, VA

Don’t let painful or unsightly varicose veins get you down when there are effective treatments available, such as endovenous thermal ablation and sclerotherapy. Dedicated family practice physician and certified laser specialist Kurt Hubach, MD, presents proven-successful treatment options for problem veins and can help you resolve your cosmetic concerns at Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, in Bedford, Virginia. If you have concerns or questions about varicose veins, call Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, or simply click to book online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bumpy, twisted, enlarged, and discolored veins that appear near the surface of your skin. 

Varicose veins typically show up as a result of weakened valves and veins in your legs and feet. When your valves and veins don’t function properly, your blood can flow in the wrong direction. 

If you have varicose veins, you might experience burning or itching skin, cramps, swelling, aching, ulcers, and restless legs.

Venous reflux disease (chronic venous insufficiency) is a medical condition that occurs when your veins can’t carry your old and used blood back up from your legs properly.

What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

A multitude of factors can increase your risk of developing varicose veins, such as:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Overexertion
  • Being female
  • Aging
  • Excess body weight
  • Genetics and family history
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Prolonged standing
  • Inactivity

In rare cases, certain conditions can lead to varicose veins, such as abnormal blood vessels, blood clots, and a swelling or tumor in the pelvis. If varicose veins aren’t properly treated, they can cause complications, such as spontaneous venous rupture.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Hubach starts by assessing your arterial and venous system and offers in-house ultrasounds and other testing, if needed. He provides a range of effective treatments for varicose veins.

He might suggest that you lose weight, manage stress, wear a compression stocking, start a new exercise routine, consume a nutrient-dense diet, or use physical therapy and other treatment modalities to enhance your general health. 

Most in-office treatments involve sealing a segment of the vein or closing off your unwanted vein. To treat varicose veins, Dr. Hubach might recommend a procedure, such as sclerotherapy or phlebectomy.

Phlebectomy

With phlebectomy, Dr. Hubach uses a small needle or scalpel to make small incisions close to the vein. He uses a phlebectomy hook to remove the veins. Phlebectomy is a simple minimally invasive procedure performed with a local anesthetic.

Endovenous ablation

Endovenous ablation is a convenient in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. It usually involves the use of ultrasound to position a tiny catheter into your varicose vein. Dr. Hubach safely and carefully delivers radiofrequency energy through the catheter to heat and seal your vein.

Sclerotherapy

With sclerotherapy (chemical ablation), Dr. Hubach uses a special foam to close your veins below your knee. Sclerotherapy typically involves small injections of saline or similar solutions into your veins.

Minimally invasive treatments like sclerotherapy can usually be performed in the office in one to three hours or less.

Explore the treatment options for your varicose veins, and call Blue Ridge Vein Care, PC, or book online today.