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Removing varicose veins: Do you need them?

If you’ve considered having your problem varicose or spider veins treated, you may have read that all the treatments result in the vein being essentially blocked off and removed, causing blood to be rerouted elsewhere.

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Man Vs Varicose Veins: How do Varicose Veins Affect Men?

Do Men Get Varicose Veins? Lots of people think varicose veins only affect middle-aged women but men get them too! Up to 30% of people are affected by varicose veins – both men and women. A strong family history is a good indication that you may suffer from varicose veins. They may worsen with occupations that require prolonged standing.

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Venous Ulcers: Untreated Varicose Vein Complications

Delaying treatment for varicose veins can cause serious complications, including venous ulceration. Especially later in life. Recently, a patient presented to our practice with a nasty case of venous ulceration. The skin of lower leg and ankle was inflamed, painful and

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Yoga and Varicose Veins: Does Yoga Help?

Yoga can be an effective relaxation and fitness technique; it’s a fantastic habit to get into. But have you heard people say it’s ideal for “treating” varicose veins? We’ve heard that too. Varicose veins occur when there is a failure of the one-way valves inside your veins.

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How Wearing Compression Stockings Can Help Your Varicose Veins

If you’ve suffered with varicose veins for a long time, you’ll be familiar with the swelling, the itchiness and the pain. In truth, the best action to take is to make an appointment to see a vein specialist about having them treated and avoid developing complications. But what can you do right now?

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What Does a Phlebologist Do?

A phlebologist is a medically qualified doctor with post-graduate training for expert diagnosis and treatment of many forms of venous disease. This covers varicose and spider veins, clotting disorders, vascular birthmarks, leg ulcers and related conditions. 

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New Varicose Vein Device Uses Infrared to View Hidden Veins

Having performed over 5000 sclerotherapy procedures, the most difficult legs to treat are those with what I refer to as hidden reticular veins or feeders.

Reticular veins are blue surface veins that are usually present in the outside part of the thigh and lower leg. They are also referred to as “feeders” as they feed the smaller spider veins. Phlebology 101 teaches you to treat these feeders first before even attempting to treat the spider veins. This way you can ensure permanent and successful results and help avoid matting.

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What’s the Link Between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are often thought of as a purely cosmetic concern and having treatment for problem veins a bit of vanity. However, left untreated there are a number of serious complications which can occur. You might raise your eyebrows to hear that Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT or blood clots) is one of those possible complications.

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Why are My Varicose Veins Itchy?

The skin in the area of a varicose vein can become itchy and irritated and may change colour. If this happens you may have Venous Dermatitis. Our veins are full of one-way valves that help to pump the blood forward around the body and away from our skin.

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What’s New in Varicose Vein Treatment?

With modern technological advancements in Medicine, most people find it difficult to understand why traditional vein surgery is still considered an option for treating varicose veins. For a long time there was only one way to reduce varicose veins and that was with a procedure known as “stripping”.

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The Top 5 Mistakes in Varicose Vein Treatment

With over 15 years of experience in assessing and treating Venous Disease, I constantly encounter patients who present with failed Vein Treatments. There are 5 main reasons why vein treatment may not be successful and result in extreme unhappiness and disillusionment.

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