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What You Need To Know About Varicose Vein Treatment

Updated on July 23, 2012

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Truth Behind Varicose Veins


Bulging veins on the leg or varicose viens are words that are often used to describe swollen veins on the legs. These veins contain valves, otherwise known as leaflet valves and they play a major role in the flow of blood. They help the leg muscles pump blood from the legs to the heart. When leaflet valves become weak, they do not function properly and the blood flows backward thereby, causing pain and swelling in the back of the leg.

Leg varicose veins have the following symptoms: aches, a heavy feeling in the legs, swelling in the lower leg, cramping, abnormal bleeding, bulging or spidery veins, a shiny, brown to blue discoloration of the skin of the lower leg, and red, dry, itchy skin due to waste buildup in the leg.

Varicose veins are more common in women than in men; sometimes its hereditary- which means, if your mother or grandmother had them, you probably will, too. Other conditions, or factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins are pregnancy, obesity, menopause, standing for long periods, injury to the leg, and abdominal straining.

There are things you can do to help alleviate the pain and discomfort that accompany varicose veins. I always find that elevation of the feet through out the day and the avoidance of prolonged standing helps. When you stand for long periods of time pressure is increased and you do not want that ; you want to reduce pressure on the legs . Regular exercise such as walking also helps by increasing blood flow while keeping the muscles of your calf in shape.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to stand for hours on end and cannot elevate your feet, you should invest in special stockings called surgical stockings. They can be bought at an pharmaceutical store. These stockings are not like any other stockings ;but they are good. Although, they are very tight and uncomfortable, they do help to constrict bulging veins. Before you know it, those veins will be a thing of the past. If you do need more extensive treatment, there are several options available to you, both surgical and non-surgical.

Stripping of varicose veins is a common procedure that involves the removal of all or part of the greater saphenous vein; because this is the vein usually affected by varicosities. It is located inside the leg from the groin area to the ankle. It is also the main vein used in bypass surgery. Removal of the saphenous vein is very crucial as it is the vein used for venous bypass surgery. Stripping involves many complications such as infection at the surgical site.

Non-surgical treatment of varicose veins include but is not limited to work done with lasers and ultrasound equipment called endovenous thermal ablation. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. As compared to other surgeries, there are fewer complications and recovery time is very short.

This article is for information purposes only . You should consult with your own doctor prior to determining treatment or diagnosis.


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