Varicose Veins Keep Some Wearing Pants Year-round

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The summer heat makes it the perfect time to relax at the beach, but those who suffer from varicose veins may avoid wearing a bathing suit because of their protruding leg veins. Vein specialist Dr. Maged Mikhail of Los Angeles Varicose Vein Center explains how these embarrassing problems can be quickly and easily treated.

Less than one percent of Americans who suffer from vein disease seek treatment, and the majority of sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated

Although they’re commonly viewed as a cosmetic concern, varicose veins can lead to serious aches and pains. Sometimes the unsightly enlarged veins of the legs and feet can even develop into cellulitis, blood clots and other serious circulatory problems. Vein specialist Dr. Maged Mikhail offers patients minimally-invasive procedures known as endovenous laser ablation (EVLT™) for virtually pain-free varicose vein removal.

Varicose veins are an early stage of chronic venous insufficiency, a potentially serious condition which has no cure. These often embarrassing leg vein conditions can be treated in a physician’s office with local anesthesia. By using modern technology, scarring is eliminated and patients can resume their normal activity immediately following the procedure.

“Less than one percent of Americans who suffer from vein disease seek treatment, and the majority of sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated,” said Dr. Mikhail. “Nearly 25 percent of Americans have varicose veins, but they don’t have to wait until they feel serious pain to see a specialist for treatment.”

The reason varicose veins develop - most commonly in the legs and feet - is because blood in the leg veins work against the flow of gravity to return blood back to the heart, where it is then re-circulated. Healthy veins have tiny valves which open to allow blood flow and to prevent it from flowing backward, while varicose veins bulge because of the pooled blood due to faulty valves. Left untreated, they can lead to increased symptoms of leg fatigue, swelling and aching.

New technology such as EVLT, the gold standard in treatment of vein disorders, can effectively address varicose veins in the legs. Older treatments, such as vein stripping, were more invasive, required anesthesia and left scars. With EVLT, an IV access port is placed directly into the leaking vein after the use of a local anesthetic. A laser fiber is threaded into the vein which will seal the vein shut from the inside out. The vein is then permanently removed from circulation, is reabsorbed by the body and won’t be visible anymore.

“Venous disease is progressive and has no cure, but the symptoms of these leg vein problems are completely treatable,” said Dr. Mikhail. “Treating these problems can restore health and improve quality of life.”

Dr. Mikhail is a Registered Vascular Technologist with more than 24 years of experience in private and academic practice. He is board certified in critical care medicine, pain management and anesthesiology, with certifications in cardiac and vascular ultrasound.

For more information about leg vein disorders, visit The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/vv/

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