04.09.13 Dr. Garth Rosenberg Cosmetic

Pregnant in Purcellville,

Women with vein problems during pregnancy often ask me if the veins in their lower extremities will continue to enlarge and cause more symptoms. Most recently, one of my varicose vein patients from Purcellville, Virginia came in with increasing pain and heaviness during her pregnancy. "What can I do about my varicose veins?" she implored.

It is an understandably distressing predicament. Fortunately for my patient (and others like her), once her baby is delivered, the varicose veins will most likely regress to a degree. The pain and heaviness should also subside. However, the underlying venous insufficiency may remain, increasing the risk of developing more veins during successive pregnancies.

I typically recommend compression hose (knee high, thigh high, or maternity) to temporarily reduce the venous pressure. For those with painful vulvar and labial veins, a V-2 supporter can help prevent excessive swelling. But ultimately, treating the veins with the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure) is the most reliable method. This is an in-office procedure that is done under local anesthesia. Most women return to normal activity immediately.

If you find varicose veins developing during your pregnancy, seek an initial evaluation with an experienced specialist, one accredited by the American Board of Phlebology. Free screening exams are always available at any of our Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia offices.

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