Although they may be ugly in appearance, varicose veins may have a serious impact on the general public’s quality of life. This is generally because vein disease affects the younger working population. Approximately one third of the population between the ages of 18 – 64 suffers from varicose veins that may be caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This medical disease may cause chronic pain in the legs and inhibit patients from standing for long periods of time. Other symptoms including fatigue, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, cramping, itching, and restlessness of the legs may preclude patients from performing their daily jobs. Patients suffering with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) often must rest to alleviate the symptoms.
Failure to recognize varicose veins as a medical disease by the patient as well as many family doctors may often lead to neglect proper treatment. Without proper treatment of varicose veins may advance the disease to reach end stage CVI. This may include venous stasis dermatitis, chronic brawny leg edema, phlebitis, hemorrhage, or ulceration. The manifestation of these end stage conditions will require additional treatment and rehabilitation for the patient. Therefore, it is critical that patients with varicose veins be examined and evaluated by a qualified phlebologist.
New endovenous technologies have revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins and CVI. Patients no longer require an operation with general anesthesia, scarring, and prolonged rehabilitation to treat this disease. Endovenous procedures may be performed in the physician’s office by a qualified phlebologist. The entire procedure requires only a needle puncture and leaves no scarring. The patient may return to normal activity immediately following the procedure.