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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vein Problems Can Run in the Family

We have all heard it said that problems with varicose veins can "run in the family." Patients often ask me "Are varicose veins inherited?" It is not uncommon for a patient to say "My mother's (or father's) legs are terrible and I don't want that to happen to me!"

Well the truth is that varicose veins are common in the adult population whether there is a family history or not. Observations within families certainly illustrate what can happen if vein disease goes untreated. Large, extensive varicose veins accompanied by changes in the skin (stasis dermatitis) or even ulceration are examples of advanced venous disease which is avoidable by early assessment, diagnosis and the simple, office based treatments we perform: VNUS Closure and microphlebectomy. Senior family members who had treatment years ago often implore their offspring to avoid the vein care they had: vein stripping. Fortunately vein stripping is a thing of the past! 

What patients have today that was not available years ago is diagnosis aided by Venous Duplex Ultrasound. Treatment is performed in the office under local anesthesia and takes about 20 minutes. VNUS Closure and microphlebectomy are described on this website. If you see varicose veins, leg swelling or skin changes that remind you of someone in your family tree with vein problems, schedule a simple evaluation for yourself and keep your legs looking and feeling healthy.


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