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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Early Treatment Helps Prevent Complications


One of Capitol Vein and Laser Centers' Ashburn, Virginia, patients came to the office with a common complication: aching varicose veins accompanied by a rash and itching. Varicose veins are caused by backflow that occurs when the leg veins are not able to work properly against the constant push of gravity. As pressure increases, bulging skin veins occur, causing symptoms that include aching, heaviness and eventually, skin damage. A rash is typical of the skin problems we see with varicose veins.

While topical creams like cortisone can reduce itching, treatment of the underlying venous disease is the best long-term cure for the condition. As the pressure in the veins is reduced, the skin has an opportunity to heal and regain its normal appearance. If varicose vein treatment is neglected or delayed, venous leg ulcers are the end result - and these take much longer to heal. Even when the ulcers resolve, patients may be left with permanent skin changes and scarring, so treatment of the veins before this complication occurs is critically important.

The optimal method for reducing or eliminating the causes of varicose veins is the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure). As patients and doctors continue to rethink varicose veins and the ease of treatment, use of the method increases, and patient satisfaction continues to improve. The Venefit Procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office and is covered by most insurance companies.

We strongly encourage patients with varicose veins to seek evaluation before the end-stage skin changes occur. Given how easy and effective treatment has become, there is little reason to neglect your varicose veins. Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. McNeill have many years of experience with vascular disease and have spoken to medical groups both nationally and internationally on venous disease - and they will be happy to conduct a free evaluation of your condition at one of Capitol Vein & Laser Centers' offices in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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