Whenever the topic of varicose veins comes up, it’s easy to think of them as being a problem unique to women; but over 40% of patients treated for venous disease are actually men. Since varicose veins affect the appearance of your legs they are commonly mistaken for a cosmetic issue, but that is not actually the case. Varicose veins can be a medical problem that can have a serious impact on your quality of life.
Common symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Swelling in your legs
- Tired or heavy legs
- Leg pain and discomfort
- Bulging veins
Treatment for men with varicose veins usually begins conservatively. We may try having you wear compression stockings and making easy lifestyle adjustments such as weight loss, increased exercise and avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time.
If your body doesn’t respond to these conservative measures, your next step would be one of our in-office procedures:
Sclerotherapy: Foam Sclerotherapy uses an ultrasound-guided needle to inject an FDA-approved medicine to fill the space inside of the vein and cause it to close. Sclerotherapy is often performed on veins not visible to the naked eye as well as surface, or spider veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT): EVLT is a highly effective procedure that eliminates large, painful varicose veins. This minimally- invasive, ultrasound guided procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and uses a laser to create just the right amount of heat to shrink the vein. After the vein shrinks, the body automatically routes the blood through other healthy veins.
Phlebectomy: Patients with medium-sized veins just under the skin’s surface will benefit from a phlebectomy–a minimally-invasive way to remove them through tiny incisions and needle punctures. Phlebectomy is less invasive than surgery based on the reduction in anesthesia and small incision size.
Many of our male patients ask “How long until I can get back to work, or more importantly, back to golf?” At Advanced Vein Therapy, we encourage patients to walk briskly for a least 15 minutes, twice daily, including the day of your treatment. Walking helps minimize any bruising and will enhance the healing process. You are also encouraged to participate in low-impact exercise (golf, elliptical, treadmill for walking, bicycle). However you should avoid high-impact exercise or weight lifting. You will be back to all normal activities 2 weeks after your last procedure.
If you are a man who is experiencing the symptoms of venous disease, don’t avoid seeking treatment just because you thought it was more of a female issue or are worried about having to stay off your feet for an extended period of time. A free varicose vein screening at Advanced Vein Therapy can help us determine if your varicose or spider veins can benefit from treatment and help you to look and feel better.
Because varicose veins are considered a medical issue, treatment is covered under most insurance plans. Don’t let the discomfort of venous disease prevent you from doing the activities you enjoy with the people that you love. Schedule your consultation with our vein experts today.