Varicose Veins are one of the few
medical conditions which though being wide spread
are greatly misunderstood and ignored by people.
It is estimated that 41% of all
women will suffer from abnormal leg veins by the time
they are in the 50s.
The general view is that men are
affected to a lesser extent by this condition.
However, the recent Edinburgh Vein
Study shows that 40 per cent of the men examined had
varicose veins (compared with 32 per cent of the women).
Though varicose veins are more common
in the countries of the Western World, the prevalence
is on the rise in the Third World countries.
Through this website we aim to give
up to date, reliable information, in easy to understand
language, about varicose veins and venous disease.
The various topics covered here are:
- Why people develop varicose veins
- Frequently asked questions regarding varicose
- Various methods of eradicating varicose veins.
- The latest, most effective, minimally invasive,
least time- consuming and safe procedure for eradication
of varicose veins with the use of Laser EVLT technology.
- Various studies performed over the world supporting
IS IT TRUE?
Women get varicose veins more often
Recent studies conducted by Edinburgh
Vein Study shows that 40 per cent of the men examined
had varicose veins (compared with 32 per cent of the
women). This concept may have been propounded because
more women consulted doctors about varicose veins
Pregnancy causes varicose veins
Pregnancy does not cause varicose
veins, but if you have the underlying valve problem,
they may become more visible during pregnancy. However,
they would have come anyway sooner or later. This
is true for 98% of all women. HOWEVER - there is a
special group of patients who DO get varicose veins
because of pregnancy. These are called "ovarian"
or "pelvic" vein reflux and typically cause
Vulval Varicose Veins or varicose veins of the Upper
Inner Thigh or spreading over the backs of the legs
at the top of the thigh.
You should wait until you've had your
family before getting your veins fixed
As noted above, pregnancy does not
cause varicose veins, but does make them worse. Therefore
the sooner the veins are fixed:
The less damage will be done to
the skin of the lower legs by the pump failure
The fewer number of veins will have
lost the valves so the quicker and less extensive
the treatment will be
The smaller the extent of the inflammation
so the easier the treatment and the quicker the recovery.
Why suffer during pregnancy whilst
allowing the veins to worsen?
HOWEVER it should be done with proper precautions
and using the latest techniques which give complete
and permanent relief.
Varicose veins are only cosmetic and
can safely be left alone
Varicose veins are not really the
problem in themselves. They are only there because
there is an underlying Leg Pump failure. As with any
pump in the body, or anywhere else for that matter,
if the pumping action isn't working then effects will
be seen - and will worsen as the pump fails more.
Therefore treatment should be aimed at fixing the
leg pump. This will get rid of the varicose veins
and will also make the leg pump properly again - and
so will reduce the risks of the symptoms of Leg Pump
Failure coming back again (ie: varicose veins, aching
legs, venous eczema, lipodermatosclerosis and venous
Standing for long periods of time causes
Standing still for long periods
of time probably does not cause veins. However, if
there is underlying leg pump failure, then standing
is most likely to make both the symptoms and the speed
of deterioration of the varicose veins worse.
Varicose Veins run in families
This is is the one "commonly
known" fact about varicose veins that does appear
to be true. Varicose veins do run in families. However,
it is not necessary that every person in the family
will surely get varicose veins. Similarly, even if
there are no varicose veins in your family at all,
you can still have leg pump failure, failed valves
and varicose veins.