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The Real Cause of Varicose Veins and Leg Vein Complications

Nearly all leg vein problems are caused by reflux. Let me explain – whenever any fluid travels in the wrong direction in the body, the term reflux is used. So for example, if acid comes up from the stomach in the wrong direction, the person is said to have acid indigestion reflux. Acid should go down to digest the food.

Well, blood flow in veins should go up the legs, from the foot towards the heart. If the one-way valves inside the veins are not working properly, gravity can pull the blood down towards the foot and the term vein reflux … 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 »

Consultation and Treatment in One Appointment

“I am coming from a long way away. Can I be seen and treated in one visit?”

Earlier this week we had an enquiry from a patient who lives a very long distance away and she enquired whether  I would see her and treat her in one visit with. Now from a strict medical point of view there is no particular reason why you couldn’t see and treat somebody in one visit. The treatments are local anaesthetic they are extremely safe — serious complications are very rare — and many specialists see no problem with seeing and treating in one visit. … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Varicose Veins Treatments – 5 Top Myths

There is a lot of nonsense talked about varicose veins and I would like to bust  the commonest 5 myths about varicose veins that I hear nearly every week in my vein clinic.

The first myth is that pregnancy causes varicose veins. This is simply wrong. Varicose veins may appear in pregnancy for the first time but only if there is a pre-disposition to a condition called superficial venous reflux in which the valves are unhealthy. Many men as well as women who have not had children are affected … Continue reading »

I Can’t Believe It! My legs Are Like New After Varicose Veins Treatment

Painful Varicose Veins

June Cox has had an amazing result from her varicose veins treatment. June, who lives in Bournemouth in Dorset, initially saw me at my clinic in Poole. From an early age she had developed varicose veins in both legs which deteriorated when she started a family and became pregnant. Over the years they got worse causing her pain, discomfort, swelling and a “fidgety” sensation. Unfortunately, her GP couldn’t help her. Treatment for her varicose veins was not … Continue reading »