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Varicose Veins Must Be Examined Standing

Recently, I saw a patient with recurrent varicose veins. The patient had had treatment many years before on the NHS and he commented that when he was examined and when the varicose veins were marked, he was asked to lie down. He also commented that after his surgical stripping operation (carried out 10 years ago, incidentally), when the bandages came off, he immediately noticed that most of his varicose veins had NOT been removed.

This is a common description of varicose veins treatment carried out at other clinics. Such an approach leads to inadequate and incomplete assessments. Here’s why.

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Pregnancy and Varicose Veins – why do pregnant women get varicose veins?

There are dramatic changes in the female body during pregnancy and often varicose veins and thread veins appear for the first time. I will discuss the main changes that occur in the venous circulation and I will review the evidence for a causal link between varicose veins and pregnancy.

During the last trimester of pregnancy there is an increase in the maternal circulating blood volume to provide increased oxygen and nutrient carrying capacity for the developing fetus. Most of this increased circulation is accommodated in the veins of the legs. This is also facilitated by increases in progesterone and estrogen which … Continue reading »

Wrong Advice

Earlier this month, I treated a young single woman who had developed varicose veins in her late teens. She was unable to get her veins treated on the NHS as she was told that she would have to wait until she had had children and completed her family. She found this quite upsetting and indeed rather “sexist”. She felt that nothing could be done and that she would have to put up with her uncomfortable and unsightly veins. Fortunately, she questioned this advice and asked me for a second opinion. This advice is not in keeping with our modern understanding of … Continue reading »