Feb 25 2013

Men Get Varicose Veins too


Men Get Varicose Veins, Too

When you think of varicose veins…how many of you think “men?”

Varicose veins are veins, primarily in the legs, that have become enlarged. The valves that help blood return to the heart no longer work properly, allowing blood to flow backwards and pool.  Bluish veins begin to bulge under the surface of the skin. They can be painful due to swelling.  The legs may feel heavy. Skin may thicken and ulcers or bleeding may develop after Varicose veins have been present for years.

Men get varicose veins in the legs, too; and not just older men. For athletes, some sports and exercise routines may cause varicose veins over time. For those in high technology jobs, long bouts of sitting at a computer may do the same. Think of the jobs that require long periods of time standing: teachers, cashiers, bank tellers, chefs, construction workers, toll booth operators, postal workers. The veins in your legs need a break.

Diet may also be a factor in varicose vein disease. Eating restaurant and processed foods that are high in sodium can lead to fluid retention. Also, some people are genetically inclined to weaker veins; others develop varicose vein disease over time.

You can prevent the disease by changing your behavior. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. If you have a job that has you sitting at the computer or standing long hours, take breaks. Force yourself to stand up or sit down. You may also buy and wear knee-length compression stockings. 

If you already have varicose veins, call Dr. Timothy Mountcastle of Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute. For minor cases, we can use a chemical injection, called sclerotherapy that can be used to destroy the damaged vein. For more serious cases, we can use an outpatient procedure, called the VNUS® Closure® Procedure, which quickly, non-evasively and without pain effectively seals shut or removes varicose veins.  All the procedures we perform are done in the office with local anesthesia and are minimally invasive

The VNUS® Closure® Procedure, an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease. Using ultrasound, Dr. Mountcastle will position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn, the vein wall is heated, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.

Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Dr. Mountcastle may encourage you to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the Closure procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.




Don’t wait another 10 years to address a problem that Dr. Mountcastle can resolve in 30 minutes. Call Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute today at 703-858-3208. We can make an appointment to see you for a consultation at our Ashburn, Leesburg or Reston offices.  Varicose Veins are even covered by your insurance due to the medical necessity of treating them.

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