By Linda Paul
A woman recently commented to me that she thought the fatigue in her legs was a “natural consequence of getting older”. Turns out, this the real cause of her leg fatigue was venous insufficiency. Good news? Absolutely. She can wave goodbye to that fatigue with a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to close down the nonworking veins.
Chronic venous disease of the legs is one of the most common conditions in the United States, present in up to 60% of the adult population. Of these, 20-25% of women and 10-15% of men will have visible varicose veins. Many people with venous insufficiency do not have visible varicose veins. Many of these people suffer symptoms such as leg fatigue, aching, throbbing, heaviness, cramping, restlessness, and swelling. These symptoms can interfere with level of daily activity and impact quality of life.
Do you have visible varicose veins? Often times, these visible varicosities are “fed by” insufficient veins that are deeper under the skin and can only be seen with ultrasound. These underlying veins that do not work properly need to be evaluated and treated first in order for the varicose veins to be safely and successfully eliminated.
Do you have symptoms in your legs? Do you have visible varicose veins? Mass Vein Care is conducting a free screening event on November 8th from noon to 8PM at Dedham Health and Athletic Complex. Come for a free ultrasound to screen for venous insufficiency and learn about treatment options that may help improve the quality of your life. To reserve a time-slot for a screening ultrasound, call 1-866-442-7796 or stop by our practice site on the second floor on November 8th.