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Friday, March 22, 2013

How to Avoid Varicose Vein Complications

One of my Winchester, Virginia varicose vein patients came in today with a small nonhealing sore on his inner ankle, just below some good sized varicose veins. When he came to see me a year ago, I advised he undergo the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) for his refluxing saphenous vein.  He deferred treatment as work "got in the way."  Now he is back with a fairly common complication of varicose veins ... leg ulcers.

The backflow in the venous system causes elevated pressures and skin damage, often first seen as pigmentation change. Without treatment, this can progress into a more serious condition. This is why we advise patients with early stage varicose veins to come in for evaluation with a duplex ultrasound examination. This simple test uncovers problems with vein flow that can easily be addressed in the office under local anesthesia, and health insurance typically covers the cost.

Symptoms of early stage varicose veins include: heaviness, aching, fatigue or even restlessness in the legs. Support hose are helpful in managing the symptoms of venous insufficiency, but ultimately, treatment with the Venefit Procedure, microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy is needed for complete resolution. A simple evaluation or full consultation will allow us to evaluate the circulation in your legs and advise you of the best treatment options.

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