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Friday, March 8, 2013

What to Know About Your Varicose Veins


Varicose veins are more common as we age, though they can affect young people, too. In fact, the youngest patient I have seen with severe venous insufficiency was a 14 year old boy. After the Venefit Procedure, his pain and aching was completely resolved and he continued to play competitive basketball throughout his high school years.

Heredity and strenuous activity, like weight lifting, are the biggest contributors to the development of varicose veins. However, multiple pregnancies, prior blood clots, and trauma to the legs can also lead to varicose veins. Symptoms we commonly see include itching and burning, numbness and cramping. These occur because of elevated pressure within the leg veins, due to venous reflux.

Varicose veins don't always manifest changes on the skin surface, so be aware of signs that may indicate underlying problems.  These include swelling of feet and ankles; darkening of the skin around your ankles; dry, itchy skin; and sores that are slow to heal.  Left untreated, they may lead to leg ulcers or blood clots.

The Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure), phlebectomy and sclerotherapy are ideal ways to treat these weak veins and restore normal circulation. Free screening appointments are available at any of the Maryland, West Virginia or Virginia offices. Most evaluations and treatment for varicose veins are covered by your health insurance, so there is no need to delay and risk long term complications of venous disease.

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