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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Avoid the Risks of Varicose Veins

I saw an Ashburn, Virginia patient today in the office who had seen the varicose veins in her left leg progressively enlarge over the years. She had ignored the symptoms of venous insufficiency, including mild aching and swelling of the ankle, until she awoke last week with sudden pain and tenderness along the surface veins. She had developed a blood clot in these varicose veins, a recognized complication of venous insufficiency.

It surprises me how many patients with significant varicose vein problems defer evaluation. Stated reasons are concern about insurance coverage, fear of pain with treatments, and unawareness of the treatment options.

The reason varicose veins occur is usually due to backflow in the saphenous vein, which leads to elevated pressure in the lower leg, followed by aching, heaviness, and even restless leg syndrome. As we can see from this patient's experience, blood clots are a risk as well.

Treatment of the refluxing vein with the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) is the ideal method to eliminate the elevated pressures and cure the leg pain. Your normal veins take over, allowing blood to flow normally up the leg. In addition to the Venefit Procedure, microphlebectomy is a useful procedure to treat varicose veins. Both are easily done in the office under local anesthesia and are often covered by insurance. Most patients return to normal activity the same or the following day without pain medication.

Be sure that you see an experienced, well-trained venous expert, preferably one who is a member of the American Venous Forum or American College of Phlebology. Capital Vein & Laser offers a free evaluation of your legs if you have concerns about your varicose vein risks.


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