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Treating Varicose Veins
I heard that there are tablets & creams for treating varicose veins. Are they effective? Do they have side effects ?
Varicose veins are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins usually have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to te heart. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves so blood moves forward and back which causes the enlarged vessels. These varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for a ...Read more
In the hands of a competent physician, is clarivein more technically demanding than that of a radio frequency approach when treating varicose veins?
Clarivein: Not really. The technique is fairly straight forward and and not considered difficult, but like any procedure there is a learning curve so it is important to know how many procedures that the physician has performed. Although the preliminary results are good & it has acheived FDA approval, we do not have long-term outcome data like we do for thermal ablation i.e. EVLT or radiofrequency ablation ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can be: Varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern, but commonly cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg fatigue, itching, night cramps, and restless legs. They can also lead to leg swelling, eczema, skin inflammation, and leg ulceration. Phlebitis can occur in a varicose vein, which could lead to a blood clot. Consult a phlebologist (http://www.Phlebology.Org/) to discuss your particular condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifelong care: As dr. Hernandez says, spider veins, varicose veins and venous disease is inherited and made worse with hormones, pregnancies, prolonged sitting and standing, heavy weight lifting, and others... Phlebology is a specialty for treating veins: www.Phlebolgy.Org minimally invasive diagnostic and treatments to get rid of each type of problem before it progresses and exercise and medical compression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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