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How to treat varicose veins and dark patches on my legs?

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Dr. STEPHEN GROBLER
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Venous hypertension: Varicose veins may transmit high pressures to the surrounding tissues of the lower leg, causing discoloration of the skin. Later complications include thinning of the skin and ulcers. Conservative measures include avoiding standing for long periods, resting with legs elevated and wearing of compression stockings when up and about. Please consult your local practitioner for referral to surgeon
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Varicose veins: firstly need to be evaluated to determine the source of the varicose veins. This can be accomplished by a venous duplex ultrasound which will determine if there is reflux. The dark patches that you are experiencing are most likely related to these varicose veins as result of blood flow leakage at the lower portion of the leg. Use of support stockings during daily activities is recommended.

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