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Friday, May 5, 2017

Learn About The Pain of Varicose Veins and the Comfort of Treatment Options

Varicose veins are unsightly leg veins that have the potential to cause significant medical problems. The veins are a very common finding among men and women, and are seen more often as we age although these veins may also be seen in the adolescent years. Varicose veins occur due to weakness in the one-way vein valves that propel blood up the leg. As gravity is a constant downward force, pressure can build up, leading to excess pressure in the veins and bulging occurs. Very much like a balloon expands with increased air pressure, the veins expand due to increased vein pressure.

Complications of varicose veins include ongoing discomfort, aching, tenderness, itching and cramping. Even skin changes, ulcerations and blood clots can develop due to the venous insufficiency.

Reasons to consider treatment of your varicose veins:

1    1)   You will minimize the health risk of untreated varicose veins. Once the circulation is normalized, the venous insufficiency will disappear and the risks of complications will drop dramatically. Treatment is now an office based minimally invasive procedure done under local anesthesia. You can resume normal activity the same day. Old-fashioned vein stripping has been replaced with endovenous ablation (VNUS Closure) which allows targeted treatment of the weak feeder veins in the leg. You will find that your leg discomfort improves within days of the ablation as the elevated pressures are eliminated. Your comfort is a paramount concern and we take great care to ensure your post treatment period is as easy as possible.

2    2)    Your legs will look and feel better once the varicose veins are addressed as in most cases, there will be no evidence that you ever had varicose veins. The VNUS Closure or microphlebectomy (done to remove some unsightly veins) is done with little sticks and no sutures so there is almost no permanent scarring. Your symptoms will improve quickly and your legs will look much better.

3    3)      Your insurance will likely cover a good portion of the cost of vein treatment. Medical insurance companies recognize the health risks of untreated varicose veins and prefer that patients with large or symptomatic vein be treated to prevent increased health costs due to complications from varicose veins.


Be sure you are aware of the qualifications and experience of the physician you select to treat your venous disease. The clinical judgement and reputation of the surgeon is critical in assuring you get the best result possible.

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