Varicose veins and other vein conditions seem to be increasingly in the news. The latest example is the December issue of MORE Magazine. An article promoting the website Rethink Varicose Veins in which Dr. Jonathan Weiswasser of Aesthetic Vascular Associates LLC at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction is featured in the list of medical specialists who treat this condition.
Treating varicose veins is not just about vanity. In fact, diagnosis and treatment of this problem has benefited from huge advances in technology. Treatment is so relatively simple in many cases that it is a wonder more people don’t take advantage of it. Yet of the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from venous disease, including varicose veins and a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), only 1.9 million people seek treatment each year.
Lack of treatment is a significant issue. In fact, if left untreated, varicose veins can progress to become CVI with symptoms that get progressively worse over time. Vein problems can be more than unsightly. They can result in more serious symptoms such as ankle swelling, fatigue, pain of the legs, restlessness, skin damage and ulcers.
Individuals affected by varicose veins or CVI should know that there are minimally-invasive treatment options available that are covered by most major health insurance plans. Some of these treatments eliminate varicose veins and improve the appearance of the legs, while allowing for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.
Who Suffers from Vein Problems?
Who gets venous disease? The condition is more prevalent in those older than 50 and those who have a family member who suffers from varicose veins or signs and symptoms of CVI. While a greater number of women suffer from this problem, men are also at risk of experiencing varicose veins as well as the more serious condition of CVI.
In fact, 43% of men are expected to develop venous disease by the time they reach their 60s; however, a majority of those do not seek treatment until the condition worsens.
In addition to age and hereditary factors, trauma or injury to the lower limbs can contribute to signs and symptoms leading to CVI, including varicose veins. Also, during pregnancy, there is increased pressure on the veins that may contribute to the creation of varicose veins in the legs. In some cases, after pregnancy, varicose veins will disappear.
Preventing or Alleviating Vein Problems
What can you do to lessen or prevent varicose veins or CVI? If you’re on your feet a lot, you are at a higher risk. So for those with careers that require prolonged standing, such as restaurant or retail workers, and flight attendants, they should rest each day by elevating their feet above their heart. Also, while compression stockings are not a cure, they can help prevent or alleviate some symptoms.
Regular exercise is recommended to increase blood flow in the legs and maintain a healthy weight to prevent problems that can lead to CVI, again, particularly varicose veins.
However, if problems occur, it is recommended to seek out a professional opinion.
Get Screened for Vein Problems
At Aesthetic Vascular Associates, LLC, patients are treated for:
- Venous diseases
- Varicose veins
- Spider veins
- Leg swelling
- Chronic venous disorders
Advanced treatments of venous disorders are offered in a state-of-the-art medical facility under the directorship of Dr. Jonathan Weiswasser. Dr. Weiswasser is a renowned vascular surgeon skilled in the latest medical advancements developed for treating diseases of the veins. His background encompasses extensive experience in treating varicose veins, reticular veins, spider veins and other unsightly, and often painful, venous diseases.
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Most major health plans are accepted at Aesthetic Vascular Associates LLC.