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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Concerned About New Varicose Veins?

The majority of patients treated for varicose veins are pleased with the results.  But what happens when new veins present?  One of my Winchester, Virginia patients had a Venefit Procedure four years ago to treat venous insufficiency in her left leg.  She was happy with the results, which left no visible surface veins.  However, she recently came into the office, concerned with new varicose veins in her left leg.

To understand how this could happen, it’s important to understand why varicose veins appear.  Normally, blood flows through the legs from bottom to top, against the pull of gravity.  If a patient has an inherited predisposition to leg vein weakness, the constant pressure of gravity can overwhelm certain segments of the venous circulation, leading to bulging and varicose veins. Multiple pregnancies can also affect veins, as hormonal changes lead to vein wall weakness and eventual bulging surface veins or spider veins.

Development of new varicose veins in legs can be likened to dental cavities.  If your dentist fills a cavity, there is no guarantee that you'll forever be cavity-free. Other teeth can develop the same problem, especially if this condition runs in the family. Follow up visits may be needed to treat cavities in other teeth. Similarly, varicose veins can develop in other areas of the leg and follow up visits may be required.

The best choice of therapy is based on ultrasound and a discussion with your physician, with treatment options that include the Venefit Procedure, micro-phlebectomy and sclerotherapy.  Be sure to seek the opinion of a diplomat of the American Board of Phlebology, as this qualification should confirm his or her knowledge of vein care.  The CVL staff in any of our offices in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia would be happy to answer your questions and schedule your free consultation.


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