Dangers of Not Seeking Varicose Vein Treatment During Pregnancy
I am often asked by patients what will happen if they forego varicose veins treatment. Not all patients have significant symptoms with their leg veins, but we understand that as elevated venous pressures persist, skin damage to the lower leg can easily occur. One of my Leesburg, Virginia patients illustrates this problem perfectly.
The patient is a 38 year old school teacher and on her feet a good portion of the day. She has had left leg varicose veins since the birth of her second child a few years ago. She has the typical symptoms of leg aching and heaviness, more common at the end of the day as gravity places more stress on her veins.
The patient had seen her OB/GYN a year ago and asked about treatment options, but was advised to wait until she's done with pregnancies to have her vein issues this addressed. At that time, she had no skin changes or rash as you see in the photo. Over the ensuing year, she noted significant itching and rash, which are clearly associated with her varicosities.
The duplex ultrasound scan showed saphenous vein reflux leading to the leg veins and resultant skin issues (dermatitis). The Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) is the ideal method to eliminate venous reflux and normalize venous flow in the leg. Once done, the symptoms resolve and the skin rash can begin clearing up.
As we have studied venous disease throughout the years, it's become apparent that women of childbearing age should have their varicose veins evaluated and treated even prior to completing their pregnancies. Varicose veins become worse with each successive pregnancy, with an increased risk of blood clots and skin damage.