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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Varicose Veins are a Common Cause of Leg Pain


Leg pain associated with varicose veins is a common symptom, yet one that is often overlooked. One of our Leesburg, Virginia patients visited us after seeing several doctors for right-leg pain that had been troubling him for a few years. Other doctors said his pain was simply due to "getting older" or might be caused by arthritis - but none of the physicians considered that his large leg veins might be the cause of the throbbing and ache.

Elevated pressure in the leg veins causes heaviness and fatigue as blood pools in the lower leg. Normally functioning veins propel venous blood up the leg towards the heart, but when backflow (reflux) occurs, the blood works down the leg, causing typical symptoms - including the pain our patient was experiencing.

Saphenous vein reflux is optimally treated with the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure). This office-based procedure, performed under local anesthesia, allows immediate return to normal activity and is quite effective in relieving the leg pain caused by varicose veins. This patient had the Venefit Procedure and was pain free in just a few weeks.

The ease and success of the procedure has led many doctors to rethink varicose veins as a cause of leg pain. Drs. Rosenberg and McNeill at Capitol Vein & Laser Centers were among the first in the nation to adopt this technique and have now performed close to 10,000 Venefit procedures. If you have leg pain and varicose veins, seek evaluation from a board certified phlebologist (specialist in vein disease). Free consults are available at our Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia offices.

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