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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Relief for Varicose Vein Pain

Varicose veins are caused by increased pressure in the skin veins that causes them to bulge up to several times their normal diameter. When these surface veins increase in size, they cause symptoms that commonly include aching, heaviness, throbbing, itching, and even restless leg syndrome (RLS).

What causes these veins to occur? The usual source of the added vein pressure is the malfunction of the one-way valves in the saphenous vein, which runs down the inside of the leg. Flow in the veins should run up the leg against the downward force of gravity. If the valves do not resist gravity effectively, then blood runs down the veins, leading to added pressure and bulging.

When you have varicose vein pain, even if you think you can "live with it," it's time to rethink treating your varicose veins. The Venefit Procedure (formerly known as VNUS Closure) is the most effective way to close the malfunctioning saphenous vein. When the back-pressure is eliminated, your normal veins bring the blood up your leg and the symptoms diminish markedly.

Venefit is an office-based procedure done under local anesthesia. It allows immediate return to normal activity and is usually covered by your health insurance plan.

Please visit us at one of our Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD, Leesburg, VA, or Charles Town, WV offices for a free vein evaluation of your varicose veins, spider veins or leg pain.

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