Capitol Vein Blog

Monday, January 31, 2011

Varicose Veins and Pregnancy, Part 2

Those painful, heavy legs that come with varicose veins and pregnancy do not need to go untreated. Once you deliver, some of these large veins may shrink to a degree, but often they do not disappear. This is due to the underlying problem of vein reflux, the backflow of blood in veins due to gravity's pressure on the legs.

I just saw a patient in the middle of her third pregnancy with very tender, heavy legs due to varicose veins that were never treated. She had similar symptoms during the second pregnancy, but was never advised to see a specialist for evaluation. Now, with the added stress of the third pregnancy, her pain is even worse.

During pregnancy, the best management techniques are leg elevation, use of medical grade support hose (knee high or maternity length), and avoidance of too much weight gain. We cannot intervene during the pregnancy; however, treatment is easy and highly effective once you are post-partum.  The optimal treatment is VNUS Closure, done in the office under local anesthesia with immediate recovery. This eliminates the elevated pressures in the leg and returns circulation to a normal state.

We strongly advise women to seek evaluation after delivery, even if future pregnancies are planned. Treatment does not need to wait until after you have completed all childbirths and you will benefit from early intervention to prevent long-term complications.


Pregnancy Announcement Ideas said...

Very informative article! Thanks for sharing such a great information.

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