Common Causes of Venous Disease

Common Causes of Venous Disease

Venous diseases are extremely common. About half of all Americans suffer from some form of venous disease during the course of their lifetime. Of all venous issues, spider veins and varicose veins are the most prevalent. Sometimes, people ignore their venous disease, but being proactive can prevent some serious issues from arising in the future. Let’s examine some of the most common causes of venous disease to understand why this is so important. 1. Genetics We all inherit traits from our parents. Many of them are good…and a few of them may be something we don’t want. If your mom or dad had venous disease, there’s about a 50% chance you may develop it, too. If both of your parents had it, there’s about a 90% chance that you will, too. The genetic factor is why this occurs in both men as well as women. 2. Pregnancy During pregnancy, there are three factors that increase the risk of developing varicose veins and spider veins: An increase in the hormones estrogen and progesterone to support the pregnancy also makes veins stretchier. An increase in the overall amount of blood to support both mom and baby also can stretch leg veins out. The growing baby in the pelvis can block the outflow of blood coming from leg veins; such increased pressure also leads to stretched-out leg veins. 3. Work Environment The type of work we do can determine if vein disease worsens over time. For example, professions that require prolonged standing such as teaching, hair stylists, retail sales, etc. all involve standing on your legs all day. With standing, gravity increases the tendency for blood to pool within leg veins. Over time, such pooling increases venous pressure and can lead to varicose veins and spider veins. Many Causes with One Result No matter the cause of vein disease, typical symptoms include the feeling of leg heaviness, fatigue, cramping, swelling and ache. Many patients aren’t aware that chronic “restless leg syndrome” may be caused by vein disease, too! You need to understand that you don’t have to live with venous disease. Treating it is in […]

Treating Varicose Veins with Foam Sclerotherapy

Varicose veins…those bulging, annoying and often painful veins… commonly appear on the legs. While you can’t wish them away or make them disappear with a lotion or cream…foam sclerotherapy might be an effective solution to finally and permanently rid your legs of varicose veins. How Can Foam Sclerotherapy Help You? Foam sclerotherapy is a popular treatment that is used to treat varicose veins. It is a simple procedure that will only require 30 minutes or less. The first step is to identify the extent of your problems. Ultrasound technology is often used to determine whether the veins at the skin surface are an isolated problem or if they are a result of underlying flow abnormalities. The ultrasound examinations are typically covered by insurance. If underlying problems are discovered, those are the first issues that are dealt with. Typically, the treatments we offer to deal with underlying flow problems in the saphenous veins (see are also covered by most insurance carriers and Medicare. Once underlying problems have been ruled-out or dealt with, the next step is treating the varicose veins themselves. Foam sclerotherapy is a safe and effective non-surgical technique that allows me to make varicose veins shrink and fade away just by gently injecting a chemical inside the vein. This chemical mildly irritates the walls of the veins, making them collapse and start to shrivel up over time. The blood will no longer be able to flow through treated veins and can instantly be re-routed to other, healthier veins. After the procedure, you will be required to wear compression stockings to improve the circulation in your legs and the outcome of the procedure. Gradually, the symptoms as well as the veins will fade away. Are You a Good Candidate for this Procedure? The only way to find out if foam sclerotherapy is advised for you is to speak with Dr. David Rosen. If you have a condition that puts you at risk of forming blood clots, you may be advised to avoid the procedure. If you are given the go-ahead, lifestyle changes may help you to maintain your results, […]

How Can Pregnancy Affect My Leg Veins?

Pregnancy causes many changes within a woman’s body. Hormones rapidly change, as does the overall chemistry of a woman’s body. While most changes are beneficial to the baby growing inside of a woman, some of them may cause undesirable side effects. The leg veins are an area where different undesirable symptoms may manifest themselves. Let’s explore why venous problems may develop, and what can be done to treat them. Why Do Vein Problems Develop as the Result of Pregnancy? The primary reason vein problems develop in the legs as the result of pregnancy revolves around the changes that occur throughout the body and in the uterus. First, the woman’s body increases estrogen/progesterone to assist with pregnancy. At the same time, it affects the elastic quality of veins, making them stretchier. The uterus expands as the fetus develops, which makes it difficult for blood to flow from the legs up to the heart. As there is a baby growing, more blood is needed to support it. Additionally, the little bun inside is just getting too big for the oven. As a result, the baby pushes against nearby veins. This is what puts pressure on leg veins. What Can Be Done About Vein Problems Due to Pregnancy? The best way to treat vein problems during pregnancy is to take an approach that focuses on treating your entire body. This means keeping your legs elevated when necessary and eating a healthy diet. Compression stockings can help provide some relief to venous disease. In addition, avoid standing or sitting for too long. When you can, go for a walk. If you’ve been standing on your feet all day (hopefully you haven’t), sit down. You can even use that time to elevate your legs. In the event that the symptoms of venous disease are present after you’ve given birth, you can turn to a few safe and affordable treatment options available to you. Minimally-invasive treatments like sclerotherapy can offer a real solution to your problem. Vein specialist Dr. Rosen will do everything to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. Don’t Let Leg Vein Problems Bring […]

Do You Need a Surgeon to Remove Varicose Veins? Not Anymore!

What is Foam Sclerotherapy? If you’re looking for a vein clinic that offers state-of-the-art treatments to eliminate your varicose veins, look no further. As a premiere vein clinic in the Chicago / North Shore area, Rosen Vein Care offers a very safe, effective, comfortable treatment called foam sclerotherapy to accomplish this goal. How does it work? Sclerotherapy in general is a non-surgical procedure in which Dr. Rosen injects a chemical called a sclerosant into the varicose vein. This chemical starts a process that convinces your body to close the vein and permanently seal it and help it fade away over time. Time is the key element to remember: sclerotherapy starts a process that your body finishes; healing takes time…from weeks to even months depending on the extent of a patients issues. In foam sclerotherapy, a “soapy” chemical called Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate (STS) is used. This detergent sclerosant is able to be turned into a foam which is then injected into the varicose vein. The beauty of foam sclerotherapy is that a dilute solution of STS is actually rendered more effective at treating larger-sized veins merely by foaming it, rather than having to resort to a stronger concentration of chemical. What happens during the procedure? Once ensuring the patient is comfortable, Dr. Rosen will locate the target vein. By using either a special gadget called a veinlite or ultrasound guidance, the chemical can be safely ensured to be placed within, and not next to, the vein. At the end of the procedure, some gauze and tape is applied over the treated vein(s).  Compression stockings are then placed. Following this, the legs are elevated for 10 minutes. Then you are on your way! Patients can return to most routine activities IMMEDIATELY after the procedure. What happens after the procedure? Patients are recommended to wear the compression stockings for a few weeks. While the data is limited, research suggests that results may be improved by wearing compression stockings as directed. While we would love for all patients to need only one treatment, realistically speaking, it may take several treatments, spaced out 2+ weeks […]