Are Varicose Veins a Concern for Men as well as Women?
Most men are surprised to learn that they can suffer from vein conditions that they thought only affected women. Though most of the cosmetic conditions such as spider veins, affect mostly women, other venous conditions occur in men equally.
As many as 15% of men ages 40-79 suffer from venous disease, and more than 40% of men in their seventies are affected by varicose veins. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern. They can lead to discoloration, skin ulcers, and bleeding.
Men with venous insufficiency usually can be seen with bulging veins in their lower legs. Some symptoms may include:
- Leg pain
- Leg fatigue
- Swelling and heaviness
- Skin color changes
- Venous Ulcers
Remember…These are not COSMETIC concerns like you think or have been told.
At Advanced Vein and Vascular we offer minimally-invasive procedures as a first step to treating varicose veins, and venous insufficiency. These procedure options are done on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art vein center.
Options for Treatment
- Sclerotherapy is used commonly for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. It involves injecting a small volume of liquid into the diseased vein. The sclerosing liquid acts upon the lining of the vein to cause it to seal shut, eliminating the vein completely.
- Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a large surface of varicose vein is removed through a series of miniature incisions that need no stitches. Compared to traditional vein stripping, this technique has virtually no scarring or side effects. It is performed in the office. A local anesthetic is used and patients have very little “down time” following the procedure.
- Endovenous laser treatment Vascular Laser Therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed in the office in less than one hour. In this procedure, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the diseased vein. The physician delivers laser energy through the fiber, causing the vein to close. The loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the circulatory system, since blood simply flows through other healthy veins after the procedure.
- Compression therapy for venous edema Venous insufficiency, which can lead to the development of varicose veins, can also cause swelling, or edema. This is caused by a backup of blood and increased pressure in the veins. Venous insufficiency is a problem that is localized to the legs, ankles, and feet. One leg may be more affected than the other (asymmetrical edema). Treatments can include exercise, wrapping, massage, compression stockings and a compression pump.
Contact us if you have any questions regarding your varicose veins.