Capitol Vein Blog

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fact or Myth? Uncovering Varicose Veins

Naturalist and published author Dr. Andrew Weil recently posted to a health blog about varicose veins in women. In his Women's Interest Newsletter, he discusses the causes of varicose veins, as well as a possible homeopathic treatment.

He notes that age, heredity and gender (with females purportedly having a higher risk) are common causes of varicose veins. Varicose veins can cause symptoms of pain, heaviness and leg swelling. Additional risks of varicose veins include blood clots, skin pigmentation changes, and sores or ulcers around the inner ankle.

Dr. Weil also states that leg crossing may be responsible for these painful leg veins. However, we have not found leg crossing to be a primary factor in the development of varicose veins, especially because many leg veins appear in areas of the legs that cannot be impacted by the actual leg crossing process (for example outer thigh varicose veins).

He also does not mention that the optimal evaluation of varicose veins occurs with duplex ultrasound, as this will determine the best course of action. The Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) is the ideal way to eliminate back-pressure in the leg veins. This treatment will allow normal veins to take over and  move blood up the leg against gravity, normalizing circulation. Venefit is performed in the office under local anesthesia with immediate recovery. Sclerotherapy can be performed afterward, if necessary, to treat any unsightly spider veins.

Dr. Garth Rosenberg and Dr. Paul McNeill are vascular surgeons, each with over 20 years of expertise in treatment vein conditions. They are diplomates of the American Board of Phlebology and have lectured nationally and internationally on vein care. Both are happy to see you at any of the Virginia, Maryland or West Virginia vein centers.


Benenden Hospital said...

Its great that you've highlighted some of the myth's and facts about Varicose Veins. These kinds of articles provide fantastic initial ideas surrounding an often overlooked condition, and can lead to an initial almost self diagnosis that, if nothing else, may prompt the individual to seek further professional medical advice.

Great stuff.

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