Varicose veins are often seen as a women’s problem. However, up to 45% of men end up getting varicose veins at some point in their lives. Dr. Sukir Sinnathamby of Varicose to Perfect, a vein treatment center in Dayton, OH, explains how men can tell that varicose veins are their issue, why they happen, and how they can get treatment.
How Can I Tell if I Have Varicose Veins?
Men and women typically have similar symptoms if they have varicose veins. Being unable to sleep at night because of restless legs is one sign. You may also have pain while walking or moving around. Your legs are heavy, tired, and swollen. You may have muscle cramps as well. Men are often less likely to seek treatment for medical issues. However, it’s crucial to get help if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
Why Do I Have Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can be caused by a variety of circumstances. Most commonly, you’ll get varicose veins if they run in your family. Whether it’s your mother or your grandfather, you have a higher chance of developing them if your immediate family has experienced them.
Depending on what your profession is, this might also contribute to your chances. If you have to either stand or sit for long periods of time, you have an increased risk of varicose veins. This is also true if you travel a lot and have to spend long hours in a car or on a plane. Trauma can also play a part.
Naturally, there’s more of a chance of varicose veins as we age. Muscle and tissue tone lessens as we get older. When this happens, the walls of your veins also get weaker. All of these factors make varicose veins more likely the older we get.
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins
As with any medical condition, varicose veins will get worse if you leave them alone. The pain will increase and it can be difficult to have an active lifestyle. This is especially a struggle if you have kids or grandkids that you want to have fun and participate in activities with. This is why it’s important that you seek treatment.
If you just have mild symptoms, it often can be helped with medical compression stockings and elevation. If things are more severe, more extensive treatments may be required. At Varicose to Perfect, we offer VeinGogh, EVLT, and Ambulatory Hook Phlebectomy treatments for varicose veins.
VeinGogh is an advanced treatment used for both spider and varicose veins. High-frequency electrical energy bursts are shot into the vessels, collapsing the vein walls while the outside of your skin isn’t impacted. If you’re eligible for this treatment, it’s the preferred option. There’s virtually no pain, scarring, or downtime.
EVLT also has minimal recovery time. An ultrasound is used to find the vein in question. Local anesthetic is applied and a catheter is inserted into the vein. A laser fiber is pushed through the catheter and emits energy to close the vein walls from the inside. Since it’s inserted into the saphenous vein, this treatment assists all of the veins branching off from it.
Ambulatory hook phlebectomy is recommended when you have severe, painful varicose veins in your lower limbs. It strips veins but is much less invasive than the traditional methods. Micro-extraction hooks are used to remove the impacted veins through a tiny incision. It’s often used with EVLT to get the best results.
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