Varicose Veins

Spider veins or varicose veins, those twisted dark purple ‘road map lines’ most frequently seen in the legs and more predominantly in women (as much as five times more), are a very common condition resulting from a range of contributing factors.

Family history plays a big part (70%) in whether you develop varicose veins. Hormonal influence, particularly during pregnancy, can cause varicose veins. Other factors in your lifetime and lifestyle include obesity, lack of exercise, standing at work for long periods, multiple pregnancies or any combination of these.

When are varicose veins a health issue?

The description varicose can be misleading. It simply means swollen or enlarged. It’s important to determine the cause of the swelling and understand the current condition of your overall venous health –or how your blood flow is working.
When blood is unable to flow freely through the veins, whether through damaged or weakened valves, blood accumulates and ‘gets stuck’ in a portion of the vein, giving it a distinctive appearance below the skin surface. In some cases, swollen varicose veins may cause cramping or pain. In worst cases, they can rupture or cause skin ulcers.

How our vascular specialists can help

Our patients receive thorough examination and evaluation based on their health histories and the condition of their varicose veins. We consider every aspect of your symptoms and will recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure to remove varicose veins that we perform here regularly, entirely dependent on a patient’s condition. Your overall health profile and lifestyle is also considered, and our South Sydney Vascular Centre specialists will make a point to consider your endocrine system (hormonal influences), age and lifestyle.
The first step to doing something about varicose veins is to speak to your family doctor or General Practitioner who can refer you to South Sydney Vascular Centre for an assessment.

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