Varicose veins of the lower extremities

Varicose veins:
Varicose veins are dilated superficial veins. They usually occur in patients over 40 years old, more often in women. It is a very common occurence – 30% of population. The vein wall weakens and the blood vessle gets dialeted resulting in vissible varicose veins. The causes are usually genetic or lifestyle related. The risk factors include: long periods of standing, pregnancy, obesity, little physical activity.

– feeling of “heavy legs”
– pain
– swelling
– cramps
– vissible varicose veins
– vissible spider veins

Do I need to get treated?
Yes. If untreated varicose veins will develop further and may lead to complications such as venous thrombosis or thrombophlebitis. In time varicose veins (venous insufficiency) may lead to the formation of wounds, usually around the ankles or calfs. Those wounds are difficult to heal and are usually chronic.

Treatment options
The patient is examined and a Doppler ultrasound is carried out. At this point the diagnosis is made and the treatment may be planned if necessary.

– Sclerotherapy
– Miniphlebectomy
– Stripping
– Intravascular ablation (VNUS) It is a type of innovative treatment called Venefit Closure Fast which uses radiofrequency waves to close the veins.

Postoperative recommendations
Depending on the treatment. Usually compresive stockings are recommended for a period of 2-3 weeks.