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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 »

Varicose Veins in Men

Fit men may get varicose veins. Many people believe myths that women get varicose veins more frequently than men, that pregnancy, being overweight or life-style choices (lack of exercise, diet, or occupation) cause varicose veins.

Iron Man Stewart Palmer

Iron Man Stewart Palmer

Well meet Stewart Palmer who is a double Iron Man. He developed varicose veins when he was only 20 years old and despite regular running, swimming and cycling, his veins got worse. They ached after exercise and he did not like the appearance of his legs particularly in … 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 »

500 Trained to Treat Thread Veins

Dr Gajraj

Dr Gajraj and Dr De Souza congratulate the successful delegates

Yesterday at  Wigmore Medical in London, I provided another course to healthcare professionals on the treatment of leg and face thread veins. Since my colleague Emma Davies and I started this training course in 2002, we have now successfully trained 500 delegates on the assessment and treatment of leg and facial thread veins.

Recently, the faculty of VeinCare Training has been joined by Dr Joney De … Continue reading »

Salisbury Testimonial

Yesterday, I met Alice from Salisbury for her checkup following treatment to the varicose veins in left leg. She is so delighted with the results that she has allowed me to share her story and her clinical photographs.

Alice’s Story

Swelling and Bulging Varicose Veins Before Treatment

“I have suffered with pain and swelling in my left leg for many years. My GP told me that I couldn’t have treatment on the NHS so I decided to investigate what could be done privately. I attended … Continue reading »

A Video of Thread Veins Treatment

Microsclerotherapy for Leg Thread Veins

In published scientific trials, sclerotherapy always comes out tops for the removal of thread veins on the legs and most vein specialists regard it as the “gold standard”. In this treatment, a prescription medicine called a sclerosant is injected directly into the thread veins using very fine needles, slightly bigger than a human hair. As the clear solution enters the thread vein, the blood within it is displaced and they look as if they disappear. In fact, the sclerosant removes the lining of the vein instantly (surprisingly this is not painful) … Continue reading »

Varicose Veins and Thread Veins – 7 Things You Must Know

If you are affected by Varicose Veins and Thread Veins, there are 7 things you must know.

  1. Heredity is the most important factor that determines whether you are likely to develop varicose veins or thread veins. It’s not your fault, you probably inherited a weakness of your veins from your Mother or Father.
  2. Pregnancy doesn’t cause varicose veins or thread veins. These vein problems may appear for the first time during pregnancy, but pregnancy is not the cause, it merely aggravates an underlying weakness of the vein valves.
  3. Early treatment gives better results. There is no point putting off … Continue reading »

NHS Not Providing Adequate Training

Vein Specialists in Training

NHS Not Training Vein Specialists

Varicose Vein Treatment is being rationed by the NHS and many people are finding it very difficult to get their veins assessed and treated.

Between 1998 and 2008, the number of patients with varicose veins treated in the NHS fell by over a third!

One of the consequences of this is that doctors in the NHS are not being adequately trained on how to look after people with thread veins, varicose veins and vein complications such as deep vein … Continue reading »

Healthy Legs are Sexy!

Healthy Legs are Sexy

Healthy Legs are Sexy

Some people are a little too embarrassed to seek treatment for their vein condition in order to improve the appearance of their legs.

I think they are being very hard on themselves. As we now know, varicose veins and thread veins are never just cosmetic, because, they are caused by venous reflux and faulty valves and, therefore, the underlying issue is a medical condition. Varicose veins and thread veins tend to get worse … Continue reading »