Varicose Veins. Not Just a Cosmetic Problem

Varicose veins are the most common vascular conditions that exists. It is estimated that between 20 million and 40 million people in the USA alone have some degree of varicose veins.  While they tend to be more common in women than in men, and they tend to get worse as we age, they actually often affect both men and women of all ages.

Most people are aware of the appearance of varicose veins. They look like large, bulging lumps on the legs. Sometimes there may be just s few of them. At other times, they may appear all over both legs. While the cosmetic aspects of varicose veins are well known, what many people are not aware of is that they are not just a cosmetic problem.  Many people with varicose veins have an underlying condition call venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency. This results from the valves within the leg veins not functioning properly. It  causes blood to abnormally pool in the legs. It results from prolonged standing, genetic predisposition, pregnancy, increasing age, obesity and other factors. In addition to causing the unsightly varicose veins to develop, venous reflux disease can also give people physical symptoms such as leg pain, leg fatigue, leg heaviness, leg restlessness, night cramps, skin itching and other symptoms. If left untreated, the underlying condition and the resulting symptoms tend to get worse as time goes on. In more severe cases, people can develop leg swelling, permanent skin damage, leg wounds and blood clots. So, while varicose veins are often noticeable and unsightly, they may also be an indication of a more significant underlying vascular condition.

Fortunately, venous reflux disease is one of easiest vascular conditions to treat. In some cases, conservative treatments such as compression stockings, exercise and periodic leg elevation will help to control symptoms. When these measures alone are not sufficient, there are minimally invasive office procedures that are safe, effective, and usually covered by health insurance that can be used to treat the problem.

One of the most common procedures used to treat venous reflux disease and varicose veins is a 20 minute minimally invasive procedure called a Vein Closure Procedure which is also know as a Venefit Procedure. This procedure safely and effectively eliminates most venous reflux, improving both the physical symptoms and often the cosmetic appearance of varicose veins as well. The procedure is performed without making any incisions. People are typically able to resume there usual activities immediately following the procedure. General anesthesia is not required.  People are awake and talking to the doctor during the procedure and generally report only minimal discomfort.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin is a leader in the treatment of varicose veins and venous reflux disease. Other vascular surgeons have traveled to his center to learn the the latest state-of-the-art techniques. If you are experiencing the appearance or symptoms of varicose veins, call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation and find out how much better your legs can look and feel. Or visit us on the web at

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