Capitol Vein Blog

Monday, June 4, 2012

Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

Veins normally carry blood from the lower leg to the upper leg, against the force of gravity. When the small one-way valves in the veins weaken and no longer resist gravity. Back-pressure in the veins increases and the vein wall stretches - leading to symptoms like pain, burning, and throbbing. The excess blood in the lower leg can also then lead to throbbing, swelling and restless legs. Leg pain can make you rethink treating your varicose veins.

Treatment is focused on eliminating the source of the vein back-flow, and the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) is the most effective method of doing so. Venefit is an office-based procedure, often covered by medical insurance, and allows immediate recovery. Once the feeder vein is sealed closed, the lower leg veins typically shrink. Those that do not disappear are often treated with micro-phlebectomy or sclerotherapy.

If you have questions related to your leg pain and varicose veins, free consultations are available at any of our Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia offices. Dr. Garth Rosenberg and Dr. Paul McNeill, both recognized and leaders in the field of venous disease, are available to evaluate and recommend optimal treatment options.


Becca said...

I'm glad after my 3 pregnancy, i have no varicose veins. I see other Mom that has many varicose veins and it is not good to see like a web on their legs.

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