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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why Can New Veins Form After Treatment?


Patients often ask, "I already had VNUS Closure to treat the source of the varicose veins.  Is it possible for me to get more varicose veins the future?"
It's true that backflow (reflux) in the saphenous vein is the common cause of lower leg varicose veins, and treating with ablation (VNUS Closure) is the best way to reduce the steady force of elevated pressure down the leg. This treatment will significantly reduce the risk of developing varicose veins in later years, but some patients have a genetic predisposition to forming these veins. There are certain properties of the vein walls and valves that make them susceptible to further weakness as time goes by.
We cannot control our patients' genetic make-up, so if you have a strong family history of varicose veins, you will always have a risk of developing more veins. Fortunately, any new veins that occur are easily treated and the results are excellent. Symptoms due to the elevated vein pressure and bulging are minimized or eliminated with immediate return to normal activity.
We often say that the genetic predisposition to varicose veins is similar to patients who have the tendency to form tooth cavities or skin acne. If one of these problems occurs, you see your dentist or dermatologist for treatment of the current problem, but there is no guarantee that another cavity or acne breakout won't occur. You do have the security of knowing that a new problem is easily treated with excellent results.
Pay attention to the status of any varicose veins and have intervention earlier rather than later to ensure the best results.

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