Krista Bannon, M.D. at Metro Vein Centers – 9 Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Dr Krista Bannon is a general surgeon at the Rochester Hills, Michigan Metro Vein Centers branch.

With five years of experience as a surgeon, Dr. Bannon continues to strive for surgical excellence and great patient care, caring about both the clinical and cosmetic outcome of her work.

Dr. Bannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and pre-med at the University of Illinois. She graduated from medical school with honors at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee where she started her general surgery residency.

While concluding her residency at Providence Hospital and Health Systems in Southfield, Michigan, she was trained as vascular resident and chief. In this capacity, she performed three times the required number of endovascular operative vascular and open procedures. She also worked as a medical missionary and wrote a surgical book chapter publication and many research publications.

Metro Vein Centers – Rochester Hills, MI

The Rochester Hills, Michigan branch, where Dr. Bannon practices, is one of many MVC branches that serve patients in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

MVC is a regional leader in venous treatment. Their surgeons have performed many thousands of venous procedures with a 99% success rate. All MVC doctors have been accepted as members of the prestigious society known as the American College of Phlebology. Additionally, the American Medical Association recognizes these vein doctors as experts in their field who use the latest surgical techniques.

These cutting-edge procedures include radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) to treat varicose veins at their source. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is used to clear out spider veins and small varicose veins. The various procedures are performed in-office and are fairly painless.

What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Sometimes varicose vein symptoms are painless, but unsightly. Painless symptoms include:

  • Blue or purple veins
  • Bulging veins
  • Veins that appear to be twisted

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins. They are situated closer to the skin’s surface and can be located on the face as well as the legs. Instead of blue or purple, they turn blue or red.

There are many bothersome or painful symptoms of varicose veins. They include the following:

  • Itching around some of the veins
  • Increased pain after sitting or standing for a prolonged time
  • Muscle cramps, swelling, throbbing, or burning in the lower legs

Complications of bleeding, blood clots, and ulcers are fairly rare, but are painful enough to prompt the sufferer to visit a surgeon.

  • Bleeding – Veins close to the skin can actually burst.
  • Blood clots – Though rare, a blood clot can grow within a deep vein in a leg. This causes the leg to swell and become very painful because the blood cannot pass through.
  • Ulcers – An ulcer can develop close to veins near the ankles. They usually begin as just a discolored spot.

You can avoid the pain and the unsightly appearance of varicose veins and spider veins by dealing with them in the early stages. If you are unsure if you have a venous condition, you should be screened by a professional. That is the only way to know for sure whether or not you have varicose veins and take care of the problem early.