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5 Things Every Man Should Know About His Veins

When it comes to varicose veins, women are targeted as the main sufferers who seek both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Awareness campaigns often neglect the fact that men have more serious forms of varicose veins disease even if the incidence of varicose veins is less in men than it is in women.

What Men Need To Know

There are a number of factors regarding varicose veins of which men of the twenty-first century may not be aware.

01. Varicose Veins Are A Health Risk

Varicose veins are more than unsightly – they can also be a health risk if left unchecked for too long. Varicose veins causes blood pooling in the veins, which forces extra pressure on the legs.

When this happens, individuals may experience:

  • Swelling, aching or itching commonly.

  • Rarely ulcers in extreme cases.

  • Increased risk of blood clots after long distance flights.

  • Bleeding in veins which burst.

02. Genetics Are The Most Important Factor

A man’s number one enemy in developing varicose veins is his genetics. If his mother or father has had varicose veins or any venous disease in the past, he faces a heightened risk of developing varicose veins of up to 70%.

03. Bulging Veins Do Not Equate To Muscle Mass

Some people mistakenly consider bulging veins on a man to mean that he is muscular and fit, but what he may in fact be suffering from is a venous disease. Venous disease itself as a varicose vein which  is a swollen, bulging vein which has popped to the surface of the skin.

04. Stockings Will Not Cure Your Veins

Wearing stockings is sometimes prescribed for varicose veins to help improve circulation. Whilst this is a good temporary measure it will not stop varicose veins from causing long term damage.

05. Treatment Is Easy

We all know that there are many health issues which require complicated and invasive treatment. But when it comes to varicose veins, men (and women) can now undergo non-surgical procedures in a doctor’s room which will eliminate their varicose veins and reduce the risks associated with them.

Modern clinics like The Vein Institute use cutting-edge ultrasound technology to detect varicose veins and to uncover the underlying issue, and then use laser technology or medical adhesive to treat your veins. The procedures are surgery free, and no time off work is required. Like any procedure at a doctor’s rooms a formal consultation is required so that you understand the risks and benefits.

The Vein Institute has clinics in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Canberra and Bowral, and we invite you to call us today on 1300 535 017 to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced doctors.



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Varicose veins are leg veins which do not pump blood effectively back to the heart and can be often seen as bulging veins just underneath your skin on either leg. These varicose veins have valves in them which are not working effectively so that blood which is meant to be pushed towards the heart, leaks downwards toward the legs. There are other leg veins which are still working, so blood does eventually arrive through other routes to your heart. However, varicose veins do exert added pressure on your circulatory system. Read More.

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a Varicose Veins Laser Treatment performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. This new procedure is an excellent treatment option for most patients with varicose veins and is considered slightly more effective than surgery but without the need for hospitalization. Read More.

This is an endovenous treatment (meaning treating the vein on the inside). It is generally accepted to be associated with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser ablation. It is a “gold standard” form of treatment for large varicose leg veins treatment as the procedure requires no hospitalization or time of work yet is at least as effective as surgery. Read More.

Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment by Sapheon is the latest surgery free procedure that uses a medical adhesive to safely and effectively treat varicose veins. Unlike other treatments, Venaseal™ does not require tumescent local anaesthetic around the vein, so there is usually only one local anaesthetic injection. The Venaseal™ non surgical treatment procedure also eliminates the use of heat (or thermal energy) so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury or any major reaction to the anaesthetic. Read More.

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy allows our doctors to visually guide and monitor a needle to the exact source of the incompetent vein (valve) to be injected. By using ultrasound we can treat more quickly and safely larger and deeper veins that once required more invasive surgical treatment. Foam sclerotherapy is the new form of delivering the sclerosing agent that allows us to treat larger varicose veins that might be unsuccessfully treated with conventional sclerotherapy. The foam solution has the consistency of ‘shaving cream’, which improves treatment in two distinct ways. Read More.

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