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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Varicose Vein Bleeding Is Easily Controlled


One of our Ashburn, Virginia, patients recently suffered a scary episode of bleeding from her varicose vein. Fortunately, she was able to treat the bleeding by herself at home, but she made the right decision in seeking expert evaluation to prevent another similar event.

Varicose veins rarely cause bleeding, although spider veins near the ankle occasionally lead to rupture, as the thin skin overlying these fragile veins can be damaged. In almost every instance, minor bleeding of this nature can be controlled by elevating the leg and applying pressure to the spot that has opened. Simple finger pressure is fine, provided your hands are clean, as is holding a tissue paper or a gauze pad to the site for five to ten minutes. A visit to the emergency room is rarely necessary. Most important: stay calm, elevate the leg, and apply pressure.

Once the bleeding has ceased, you should immediately schedule an evaluation at an experienced vein center - preferably one staffed by a board certified phlebologist like Drs. McNeill and Rosenberg. In addition, your provider's membership in the American College of Phlebology should give you confidence in his or her abilities.

If you're diagnosed with varicose veins, rest assured that the condition is easily treated with the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) by eliminating the excess pressure in the leg veins. Doing so reduces the risk of bleeding from the veins and also alleviates the symptoms of aching, heaviness, burning and throbbing often associated with varicose veins. Spider veins are easily treated with sclerotherapy, which also reduces bleeding risk.

Consultations and full evaluation in our accredited diagnostic vascular laboratory are available in any of our locations in Leesburg, VA; Frederick, MD; Charles Town, WV; or Bethesda, MD.

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