June is Men’s Health Month. It is time to focus on some of the unique health challenges facing men. Notably, many men suffer in silence and fail to seek treatment for varicose veins. There is a common misconception that varicose veins primarily only affect women. However, that is simply not the case. According to a 2018 study, approximately 11 million American men over the age of 40 have varicose veins. For reference, this means that nearly one-third of all people dealing with varicose veins are men.
At Advanced Vein Therapy (AVT), our board-certified vein doctors treat the full range of venous diseases, including varicose veins. If you are a man who is dealing with pain, physical discomfort, or emotional distress due to varicose veins, you are certainly not alone. There are treatment options available—and our specialists are here to help you find the best solution. To learn more about what we can do for you, please give us a call or send us a message online to request your fully confidential initial appointment.
Men Face Some Social Barriers to Health Treatment—Especially for Varicose Veins
Did you know that men are actually less likely to seek medical treatment than women? It is true. According to research, men go to the doctor 33 percent less than women. One study found that men even wait longer than women to seek medical help for heart-related problems—sometimes with deadly consequences.
Other men endure years of pain and discomfort because they did not seek professional assistance for an underlying medical condition. This can be an issue with varicose veins because many people incorrectly view it as a problem that predominantly only affects women. Though it is less talked about, the reality is the men do get varicose veins too.
Why It is So Important for Men to Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a medical condition whereby superficial veins (those close to the skin) become enlarged and twisted. There are a number of different risk factors, including obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, a history of leg injuries or leg trauma, and genetic predisposition. However, it is a mistake to view varicose veins as merely a “cosmetic” problem. While you are certainly justified to seek vein treatment for primarily cosmetic reasons, varicose veins are associated with a wide range of adverse health effects, including:
- Achy and heavy legs;
- Pain and tenderness;
- Inability to sustain prolonged periods of exercise;
- Muscle cramps after standing;
- Skin conditions, including dermatitis and ulcers; and
- Burning and throbbing in the legs.
In some cases, varicose veins can also lead to more serious medical complications. As varicose veins are often a sign of poor circulation, it is best practice to get them checked out by a professional. The sooner men begin receiving treatment for varicose veins, the better their long-term prognosis. Further, varicose veins may be a sign of other venous disorders that should be treated right away.
How Vein Doctors at Advanced Vein Therapy (AVT) Can Help
Varicose veins and other venous diseases can cause significant problems, and we can help. At Advanced Vein Therapy (AVT), our physicians are board-certified interventional radiologists. With a commitment to personal attention, our team is focused on:
- Maximizing patient success rates;
- Limiting complications; and
- Reducing the risk of recurrence.
With more than 15 years of providing services to Treasure Valley patients, we have treated many men who have varicose veins or other similar issues. If you are a man who is enduring pain, discomfort, distress, or embarrassment due to varicose veins, do not think that you are alone. Many men have sought successful treatment for the condition.
Request Your Fully Confidential Initial Consultation Today
At Advanced Vein Therapy, we take pride in providing professional, personalized, and effective services to each and every patient. You do not have to live with varicose veins. If you are a man with any questions or concerns about the treatment options for varicose veins, we are more than happy to help. Call us now or contact us directly online to request your fully confidential initial appointment. With our centrally located office in Boise, we are well-positioned to serve people throughout Idaho.