Most patients develop varicose veins from the hydrostatic forces produced by reflux that results from primary valvular insufficiency. Arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your tissues. Veins return blood from the rest of your body to your heart, so the blood can be recirculated. To return blood to the heart, the veins in legs must work against gravity. Muscle contractions in the lower legs act as pumps, and elastic vein walls help blood return to the heart. Tiny valves in the veins open as blood flows toward the heart then close to stop blood from flowing backward.
Age – As one gets older, the veins can lose elasticity causing them to stretch. The valves in the veins may become weak, allowing blood that should be moving toward your heart to flow backward. Blood pools in the veins, and the veins enlarge and become varicose.
Pregnancy – Some pregnant women develop varicose veins. Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in the body, but decreases the flow of blood from the legs to your pelvis. This circulatory change is designed to support the growing fetus, but it can produce an unfortunate side effect – enlarged veins in the legs. Varicose veins may surface for the first time or may worsen during late pregnancy, when the uterus exerts greater pressure on the veins in the legs. Changes in the hormones during pregnancy also may play a role. Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy generally improve without medical treatment within three months after delivery.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Varicose Vein and Chronic Venus Insufficency (CVI) VNUS Verefit Treatment
The Venefit™ procedure is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
Varicose Vein Pro-V Procedure
Varicose Vein Pro-V treatments can be performed on an outpatient basis in your physician’s office. Under local anesthesia, a small needle incision Is made and the laser fiber is inserted into the incompetent vein. With the fiber in position, the laser is activated and gently heats the vein in a series of pulses. As the fiber is pulled through the vein, the heat generated gently causes the vein to collapse painlessly. The vein is later reabsorbed by your body.