Vein Problems Are More than Skin Deep

June 01, 2014

If you visit a health spa, you might see a new option on the menu of services: varicose vein treatments. These promise to get rid of bulging, unsightly veins and make your legs look better. But vein disease is more than just a cosmetic issue. Often it’s a serious medical problem that can diminish quality of life.

That’s why Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital opened the Henry Ford Vein Center in June. The center features board-certified vascular specialists who provide state-of-the-art treatments for vein and vascular issues.

“Vein disease is very complex and requires sound knowledge and medical expertise for appropriate care,” says Syed Ahsan, M.D., vascular medicine specialist with the center. “We are committed to providing solutions, and we want to address the problems causing pain and discomfort to help improve your daily life.”

Understanding vein disease

Vein problems are often genetic, but they can also arise in women who have had children, as well as in people who spend most of the day on their feet. With vein disease, veins become weakened, so the blood doesn’t flow as it should and builds up pressure in the legs.

Signs of vein disease can include:

  • Dark, prominent or itchy veins
  • Leg pain, cramping or fatigue
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Skin color changes or hair loss around the ankle

Left untreated, these symptoms can get worse and eventually lead to serious skin wounds that can be very hard to heal. The goal of the Henry Ford Vein Center is to identify and treat the underlying medical issue before it gets to that point.

Full spectrum of services

Patients visiting the center have consultations with specialists and may undergo an ultrasound or other imaging scans.

Treatments can range from wearing compression stockings to having procedures. Fellowship-trained vascular surgeons can perform the latest procedures to close or remove problem veins, usually right in the clinic.

“We have a highly trained staff that anticipates patients’ needs and addresses questions and concerns,” says Nicole Kennedy, M.D., vascular surgeon with the center. “By bringing all these resources together in a single clinic, we can provide more comprehensive treatment.”