Is your leg like this? 

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Signs & Symptoms

Leg vein varicosities can present in several ways such as:

Symptoms include progressive leg ache, heaviness or even pain that worsens during the day and improves after leg rest commonly occur among those with leg varicosities.  Some patient may even develop nocturnal cramping.

If you have some signs and symptoms mentioned above, then its time to see your doctor. 

Risk Factors

Risk factors in developing varicose veins include:

Diagnostic Study

Patient with signs and symptoms of varicose vein may have chronic venous reflux.   Normally, leg venous blood flow moves towards the heart in one direction. Chronic venous insufficiency or venous reflux occurs in the presence of dysfunctional venous valve along the leg veins leading to a bidirectional blood flow. Presence of chronic venous insufficiency lead to increase venous pressure. This increase in venous pressure causes the veins to dilated enlarge vein and leg swelling and also explain the leg symptoms of the patient such as intermittent leg ache and heaviness.  This can be confirmed by performing a venous duplex ultrasound or a venous phlethysmography

Conservative Management (non operative)

Leg varicosities remain a benign health condition and could be initially managed conservatively with:

Medications maybe prescribed depending on the overall condition of the patient

Venous Procedures

There are several venous procedures available in the Philippines to treat leg varicosities.  Treatment options depend on the severity of the venous disease.

Patients with leg varicosities in the form of  reticular, spider or bulging veins in the absence of  sign and symptoms of lower extremity venous reflux may undergo office based, out patient procedure such as 

1. Sclerotherapy

2. Stab Microphlebectomy.

Patients with venous reflux, confirmed with Venous Duplex Scan may undergo venous anti reflux procedure.  Most venous procedures, except for vein stripping maybe done as an out patient procedure. Treatment options include:

Treatment of leg varicosities may entail utilization of a combination of the different venous procedures depending on the severity of the venous disease.