Capitol Vein Blog

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Varicose Veins Worsen During Pregnancy

This startling image depicts a woman during the middle portion of her fourth pregnancy. Her varicose veins had remained untreated, despite her aching legs and other symptoms. Her family doctor never thought the condition warranted evaluation.

Now she has a large, painful mass of veins at the ankle, significant throbbing, and the skin condition shown in the photo. We can't safely intervene during pregnancy.

Once the patient delivers, though, she will be treated quite effectively with the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure). A full evaluation at one of our accredited vascular labs will give us the important information used to guide intervention. The venous ultrasound will also provide her insurer with the information necessary to authorize treatment. Any procedures she'll need can be performed in our office under local anesthesia with immediate recovery.

It's a myth that women should wait until they are done having children before having their veins treated. This case highlights that early intervention is much preferred. Subsequent pregnancies are much better tolerated and the long-term risks of varicose veins are markedly diminished. If you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, don't wait - contact one of our offices in Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD; Leesburg, VA; or Charles Town, WV for an evaluation immediately.


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