Capitol Vein Blog

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Men and Varicose Veins--Not Just a Woman's Disease

It’s interesting that when I see men in the office with varicose veins, each seems to feel as if he is the only guy to come for evaluation of a “woman’s problem”.  Varicose veins are not just a “woman’s disease” and, in fact, about 20% of our patients with large veins are men. Approximately 80% of patients on whom we perform VNUS Closure. ClariVein and microphlebecomy are women, meaning that men are still a fairly large group to be treated. Restless leg syndrome (RLS), a common finding in patients with varicose veins, is seen in both men and women.
Certainly varicose veins are more prevalent in women, largely due to hormonal issues. But a relative constant finding among both men and women is a familial history of varicose veins. These large veins are not a cosmetic issue. They present real health problems related to blood clot risk, leg pain, swelling, and the potential for skin discoloration with the development of ulcers on the legs.
Treatments are generally the same for men and women, and recovery is similar. We encourage men and women to seek evaluation for symptomatic varicose, as insurance companies recognize the importance of maintaining good leg health. Most procedures are considered medically necessary.


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