Get Ready For Summer With Compression Stockings

Now that winter is winding down, it’s easy to get lost in thoughts of a long-awaiting tropical vacation. Sandy beaches. Toasty temperatures. And maybe a pina colada.

Unfortunately, some of us get an unpleasant introduction to summer when we try on the swimsuit only to discover that a new varicose vein has decided to make an appearance. There it is, bulging for the world to see. There’s no easier way to ruin the mood than to think of everyone seeing those veins while you enjoy the sun in your swimsuit.

The good news is that varicose veins can be treated. And now is a good time to come in and have them looked at before summer. You can also keep them from getting worse with compression stockings. The concept is fairly simple: Strong elastic stockings apply pressure to your leg muscles, easing venous pooling. When your legs are in motion, that mild pumping action — aided by the pressure hosiery — enables blood to flow away from the legs, where clots may form.

Compression hosiery gently squeezes the muscles, even while a person is sitting, as well as when moving about. To reduce the pain, swelling, and discomfort of varicose veins, a doctor may recommend that the patient wear stockings that extend from foot to thigh.

Compression socks may work for some milder cases of varicose veins, but sometimes a more aggressive treatment may be required. The best idea is consult with a doctor. So if you have a vacation coming up during the months ahead, and are worried about unsightly varicose veins, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

Lisa’s Testimonial

“I can now stand and sit for extended periods and have been so pleased with the care and attention from IVC.”
I have suffered with painful veins for years. I had tried water aerobics, support hose, elevation and herbal treatments with little relief. I am now running and enjoying pain free legs on most days. This has been a great benefit to my life. I can now stand and sit for extended periods and have been so pleased with the care and attention from IVC.
Thanks to all the doctors and staff!!
Lisa G. – Treated 2011

Women, Pregnancy and Leg Pain

Many women come into IVC with leg pain that increases in intensity during their menstrual cycle. As an ultrasonographer, when a patient mentions that to me I start to thinking of pelvic congestion syndrome. Some of the symptoms include a heavy or full feeling in the pelvic area, lower back pain, and an increase in pain in the leg during their menstrual cycle.

Unfortunately women do not only deal with the hereditary factor of varicose veins but many women develop varicose veins that get worse with pregnancy. ” Britney Spears today is the equivalent of the average American woman- a single mother of two with dashed hopes, little faith in romance and varicose veins.” (The Varsity 2007) http://www.veindirectory.org/blog/2007/10/celebrity_varicose_veins_britn.html#ixzz1d2zvDKgA

We know that you are not Britney Spears and the quote seems humorous however, there is validity to the quote. Pregnancy can increase the size and the amount of varicose veins in the pelvic area as well as in the legs. There are treatment options out there for you! Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.

Follow A Patient: Introducing Vickie

My name is Vickie. I have been asked by IVC to document my experience so other reluctant individuals can know of my experiences, my treatment, my pain or non-pain, and recovery process. I am a retired educator from a suburban/rural school district where I taught or was in administration for over 40 years. I like to travel, take pictures, read, crafts, scrapbook, and most anything that does not include chores around the house. One of my new hobbies is baking cupcakes.

I have had issues with my legs for a long time. After standing in the classroom I would find myself experiencing leg aches and in the night, leg cramps. Sitting down just doesn’t work when students needed help understanding what I taught. I have several other physical conditions and was never sure what caused the tired legs and leg cramps, but when my very active family wanted to walk, run, play ball, or other exercise my response was always “this body wasn’t made for exercise.”

When I was traveling I sometimes was restricted in my activities because my legs hurt. I found ways to compensate but I still missed out on some of the fun. I only take pictures until I can’t stand any longer, not because the subjects have disappeared. It takes two days to bake cupcakes–one to bake and one to frost.

I attended the Mother’s Day screening IVC conducted at the Marriot. I didn’t know for sure if varicose veins were part of my problem but my family did have a history of having varicose veins. No one really did anything about them because striping them was too costly and painful. Sure enough, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and I have varicose veins in both legs.

What are Perforator Veins?

A perforator vein is a small vein that connects the deep and superficial systems together. They are usually short in length and have only a few valves in them. They can have reflux just like other veins in the legs. These small connector veins run horizontally across the leg and not vertically up and down the leg. It is like the horizontal cross on the letter H. These perforators can be the source to visible varicose veins in the calf or thigh.

What should I address first, my pelvis or my legs?

Often times our female patients have both leg varicose veins and pelvic varicose veins. Although these veins are in different locations both sources can be symptomatic to the patient. The question then becomes “which do I treat first?”

 

The problematic veins although similar in pathology and symptoms are treated in different methods. The legs are treated as an in office procedure involving the use of EVLA, sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy. The pelvic veins are treated with a same-day hospital procedure called a venogram with coil embolization. The goal with both procedures is to close down incompetent veins that cause the symptoms. And while these are very different procedures often both procedures need to be performed to reduce the symptoms. The question of which procedure to do first really comes down to which problem is causing you the most pain.

 

There is not a 100% right or wrong answer to this question and so mostly it is a judgment call on the patient’s part. There are a few cases where the doctor may have a reason to treat one problem over the other but this is because it will be in the patient’s best interest.