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aricose veins are one of the most common vascular Varicose are onemen of the most conditions affectingveins women...and of all ages. common vascular conditions affecting Treatment options have improved greatly in of all ages. Treatment recentwomen...and years. In spitemen of these advancements, options have improved greatly recent many people mistakenly still believe thatintreatspite of these advancements, ment years. for thisInproblem is difficult, painful, and many people mistakenly still believe simplythat considered “cosmetic.” Other people treatment for this problem is may experience leg painand andsimply other symptoms difficult, painful, considered but they don’t realize whatpeople is causing their “cosmetic.” Other may condition. This article will answer some experience leg pain and other common questions varicose veins, symptoms butregarding they don’t realize what is Jeffrey S. Gosin, Jeffrey S. Gosin, MD, FACSMD, FACS the associated and treatment. causingsymptoms, their condition. This article will answer some common What are varicose veins? questions regarding varicose veins, the associated symptoms, and treatment. Varicose veins are swollen veins that can be seen through the skin.

They oftenare have a bulging, twisted appearance. Some varicose veins What varicose veins? be Varicose veinsand are swollen veinsOthers that canmay be seen throughThey the skin. may very large discolored. be smaller. can They oftenanywhere have a bulging, appearance. occur on thetwisted legs, including the Some groin varicose area. veins may be very large and discolored. Others may be smaller. They can occur anywhere on What causes varicose veins? the legs, including the groin area. Blood must flow up, against gravity, to exit the legs and return to What causes varicose veins? the heart. Our leg veins have one-way valves that assist in this process. Blood must flow up, against gravity, to exit the legs and return to the Those valves can malfunction and leak, causing blood to flow in the heart. Our leg veins have one-way valves that assist in this process. Those wrong The blood inblood the legs, increasing the pressure valvesdirection. can malfunction andthen leak, pools causing to flow in the wrong in direction. the veins.The Thisblood is known as venous or Chronic Venous then pools in thereflux legs, disease increasing the pressure in Insufficiency (CVI). Venous reflux is one of the most common causes the veins. This is known as venous reflux disease or Chronic Venous of Insufficiency varicose veins. (CVI). Venous reflux is one of the most common causes

of varicose What are theveins. symptoms of varicose veins and venous reflux disease? What are the symptoms veinsmay andfeel venous reflux People with varicose veins of andvaricose venous reflux leg pain, leg disease? heaviness, leg fatigue and/or leg swelling. Itching of the skin of the legs is aPeople with varicose veins and venous reflux may feelsymptoms. leg pain, legMany also very common complaint. Standing may worsen heaviness, leg fatigue and/or leg swelling. Itching of the skin of thesome legs is people will notice the appearance of bulging legs veins. However, also awill veryonly common complaint.but Standing may worsen symptoms. Many people feel discomfort not notice any cosmetic changes. people will notice the appearance of bulging legs veins. However, some I thought varicose veins are justbut a cosmetic problem. Is that true? people will only feel discomfort not notice any cosmetic changes. is important to understand veins problem. and venousIsreflux I Itthought varicose veins arethat justvaricose a cosmetic that aretrue? NOT necessarily simple cosmetic problems. This can be a sign of an abnormal condition in the circulation. In addition pain, some It is important to understand that varicose veins andtovenous reflux individuals maynecessarily be at risk for chronic swelling, permanent skin are NOT simple cosmetic problems. This can be discoloration, a sign of an open wounds and eveninblood clots. With diagnosis treatment, abnormal condition the circulation. In early addition to pain,and some individuals long-term can usuallypermanent be prevented. often has may be atcomplications risk for chronic swelling, skinTreatment discoloration, open thewounds added and benefit improving aesthetics, even in cases that are not evenofblood clots. With early diagnosis and treatment, longterm complications considered “cosmetic.”can usually be prevented. Treatment often has the added benefit of improving aesthetics, even in cases that are not considered Who is at risk for varicose veins? “cosmetic.” Prolonged standing or sitting on one place, family history of varicose Who is at risk for varicose veins? veins, and being overweight are all known risks. In addition, increasing Prolonged standing or sitting on one place, family history of varicose ageveins, and pregnancy are risk factors. Some people may develop varicose and being overweight are all known risks. In addition, increasing age veins having anyfactors. of these known conditions. andwithout pregnancy are risk Some people may develop varicose veins

How are varicose veins and venous reflux diagnosed? How are varicosevascular veins and venous diagnosed? An experienced specialist canreflux make the diagnosis with An experienced vascular specialist can make the diagnosis a combination of a medical history, physical examinationwith and aa combination of atest medical physical examination and a painless painless vascular calledhistory, a Doppler ultrasound (also known as vascular test called a Doppler ultrasound (also known as a venous duplex a venous duplex scan.) Making the correct diagnosis is essential Making the correct diagnosis is essential in properly treating this inscan.) properly treating this condition. condition.

How varicose veins andand venous reflux treated? Howare are varicose veins venous reflux treated? Sometimes compression stockings will be sufficient to control Sometimes compression stockings will be sufficient to control symptoms symptoms and prevent complications. When procedures are needed, and prevent complications. When procedures are needed, current current technology and techniques, allow forWITHOUT treatment WITHOUT technology and techniques allow for treatment the need for the need surgery. for painful One of proven the best, most proven treatments painful Onesurgery. of the best, most treatments for venous reflux the Closure® This minimally procedure is performed foris venous refluxProcedure. is the Closure® Procedure,invasive now referred to as Venefit™. rightminimally in the office in less than 30 minutes, with no incisions, minimal This invasive procedure is performed right in the office discomfort, and excellent results. in less than 30 minutes, with no incisions, minimal discomfort, How long isresults. the recovery from vein treatment? and excellent In most cases individuals can return to their usual activities within a day

How long is the recovery from vein treatment? of the procedure. In most cases individuals can return to their usual activities within Is varicose vein treatment covered by health insurance? a day of the procedure. Venous reflux disease is a medical condition. Therefore, in many cases, Isvaricose varicose vein treatment covered by health insurance? vein treatment is covered by health insurance. An experienced vein Venouscenter refluxwill disease a medical condition. Therefore, in many treatment haveisinsurance specialists who will work with your insurance company to confirm iscoverage. cases, varicose vein treatment covered by health insurance. An experienced vein treatment center will have insurance specialists who will work with your insurance company to confirm coverage.

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