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Varicose Veins Symptoms

Varicose Veins Symptoms and How to Treat Them


Typically occurring on the legs, varicose veins are those raised, large blood vessels that are visible through the skin, and tend to twist and turn in shape and appearance (the visual appearance is one of the main symptoms). A spider vein, on the other hand, is a smaller version that is often less raised, and red, purple or blue in colour.


A number of things can cause the appearance of varicose veins, and symptoms may vary, but it usually relates to a weakening of the blood vessel walls, or failure of valves within the blood vessels. Causes include:

  • Regularly standing for long periods of time
  • Obesity
  • Family history of the condition
  • Hormonal changes due to certain medications
  • Blood clots
  • Excessively tight clothing
  • Injury


Symptoms associated with varicose veins


The symptoms related to varicose veins can differ greatly from person to person. It is a relatively commonly occurring condition, and very often the unsightly nature of the condition is the main concern for the majority of patients. However, there can also be more intrusive symptoms that could disrupt the quality of the patient’s life, or even indicate the presence of a life-threatening condition, like deep-vein thrombosis. These include:


  • Aching or cramping in the leg
  • Burning sensation
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness of the leg
  • Restlessness
  • Tiredness


Ways to treat varicose veins


If addressed early enough, the general treatment would consist of lifestyle changes – such as losing weight, resting one’s legs more, wearing loose clothing, etc. – and wearing compression stockings.


If a patient, however, want to get rid of the visual unsightliness, or are experiencing some of the disruptive symptoms mentioned above, the following treatment options are available at The Gibson Vein Practice:


  • Sonar-guided treatment – A non-surgical procedure that makes use of a vascular sonar to identify problem areas; allows for the deep treating of all affected blood vessels
  • Phlebectomy – A surgical method that removes thickened and prominent blood vessels by making a skin prick and using ultra-fine instruments to lift and tie off affected blood vessels
  • The “Button Ligation” method – Pioneered and patented by The Gibson Vein Practice, problematic blood vessels are identified, marked and injected with glue, known as sclerosant
  • Sclerotherapy – An agent is injected into the affected vein, causing it to become “sticky”, shrink and eventually absorbed by the body
  • Endovenous laser – Performed under local anaesthesia; a needle is inserted into the affected vein to insert a Micron Laser Fibre; very little scarring and pain, and the patient can resume work the following day


For more information about varicose veins, their symptoms and treatment options, contact The Gibson Vein Practice.






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