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What is the cause of Varicose Veins, Varicose Eczema and Leg Ulcers?

Although surface varicose veins are pretty obvious, the cause of varicose veins is deeper under the skin. It is a problem called superficial venous reflux.

That is a defect in the one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the correct direction. Venous valves are delicate folds in the lining of the vein that open and close keeping blood flowing in the correct direction. In the legs, healthy vein valves direct blood from the foot upwards back towards the heart. When the one-way valves in the veins do not work properly, gravity can pull the blood downwards … Continue reading »

The Best Treatment for Spider Veins

Experts agree that Microsclerotherapy is the best treatment for thread veins and spider veins on the legs. In this video, Catharine McGuinness, a vascular specialist at the VeinCare Centre demonstrates the treatment.

Microsclerotherapy is a medical treatment that involves injecting a prescription medicine called a sclerosant directly into the spider veins. Don’t worry, it’s not painful: an ultra-fine needle is used, only slightly bigger than a human hair, which you can barely feel. The technique requires good illumination and magnification.

 

The sclerosant works by removing the lining of the vein almost instantly (this is also not … Continue reading »

PROOF – REFLUX IS IMPORTANT

I go on about reflux a lot in my videos, my blogs and when I speak on the subject of veins at meetings. It might sound a little theoretical but I am going to show you the proof that reflux is important.

With the exception of deep vein thrombosis, nearly all leg vein problems are due to reflux. Now, whenever any fluid travels in the wrong direction in the body, the term reflux is used. So for example, if acid comes up in the wrong direction in the chest into the chest, the person is said … Continue reading »

Exercising After Varicose Vein Surgery

One of the commonest questions I get asked by people who are having varicose vein treatment is “When can I start my exercise program?”

Walking really is the best exercise to perform after any form of varicose vein treatment or varicose vein surgery. It works the foot pump the calf pump and the thigh pump and it promotes the flow of blood in the veins from the leg back to the heart. And it also promotes the healing process. You really can’t do too much walking. Do as much as you can as early as you want.

With regard to running it … Continue reading »

I am Pregnant – Can I Have My Varicose Veins Treated?

Varicose Veins can appear for the first time in pregnancy and may become so painful that pregnant mothers seek varicose vein treatment. So can varicose veins be treated safely during pregnancy?

I am pregnant - can I have my varicose veins treated-001In general, varicose veins should not be treated during pregnancy and there are 4 main reasons.

-1) Increased risk of DVT and PE. Pregnancy is a period in which there is an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Compared women who are not pregnant, the risk of venous … Continue reading »

VenaSeal – 3 Reasons to Choose Superglue

VenaSealWe already have excellent procedures for superficial vein reflux – the cause of varicose veins and thread veins. Procedures such as endo-venous laser (EVLT), Radiofrequency Ablation, and VNUS Closure which can be performed under local anesthetic on a walk in walk out basis. So why choose VenaSeal or medical superglue for veins?

Here are 3 reasons why you might wish to consider VenaSeal by Sapheon for the treatment of your varicose veins.

-1) The VenaSeal medical superglue procedure by Sapheon does not use thermal or heat energy, so tumescent … Continue reading »

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 »

My Restless Legs Are Driving Me Crazy

This week, I have asked my good friend and colleague, Dr Ted King from the USA, to tell us more about how veins may cause symptoms – in particular, the Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Restless Legs Caused By Varicose Veins

Restless Legs

 “Restless legs syndrome is a condition that is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one’s limbs (almost always legs) to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. Moving the affected limb lessens the sensations and provides some temporary relief. It seems as though RLS must have been recently … Continue reading »

What Have My Ovaries Got To Do With My Leg Veins?

Recently, I treated Emma from Bristol who developed very large, uncomfortable varicose veins around her vulva and upper thigh during pregnancy. After she had her baby, the veins around her vulva disappeared but the veins in her thigh persisted and gradually got worse. Her duplex ultrasound scan showed that the veins in her thigh were filling from her ovaries.

She had a condition called “Ovarian Vein Reflux”. The treatment for this is controversial, but my approach is to treat these veins with ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy unless there are symptoms of pelvic pain, bladder irritation or pain during intercourse. So far, … Continue reading »

Free Open Events about Varicose Veins and Thread Veins

The VeinCare Centre regularly holds free information and educational events for the public on topics related to varicose veins, thread veins other vein problems. Our next series of Open Events is planned for 2nd and 3rd March 2013 in Poole, Dorchester, Yeovil and Bristol.

Past VeinCare Open Events have been very well attended and feedback from those who have come has been extremely positive.

The events will consist of a presentation followed by demonstrations and “Question and Answers”.

Those who attend are … Continue reading »