You may be surprised to learn that as many as 45 percent of all men experience varicose veins at some point in their lives. The number one cause of varicose veins in men, as in women, is family history. Lifestyle plays a significant role as well for men. If his job requires him to stand for long periods, such as factory work, retail sales, or a medical profession, he is more likely to get varicose veins. If he travels and spends long hours on a plane or driving or if he sits at a desk for several hours at a time, he is at greater risk as well. Varicose veins affect men of all ages but the risk increases with age. Generally men have the same symptoms as women: pain, leg heaviness, tiredness, muscle cramps and swelling. More men seem to experience restless legs at night, which can be a sign of varicose veins. Varicose veins will progress without treatment. Because varicose veins are often painful, it is important to treat them in order to maintain an active and enjoyable lifestyle.
Treatments such as medical grade compression stockings and changes in work habits can improve the symptoms but will not address the underlying cause. The treatments available for men are the same as for women, ultrasound guided endovenous laser ablation , or EVLA, involves inserting a small laser fiber through the skin into the damaged vein. Laser energy causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. Once that vein is closed, the blood reroutes to other healthy veins.
Some men may need other treatments, such as sclerotherapy, following EVLA. Most men typically return to work immediately after treatment and resume their normal activities. Call now to get your legs evaluated by The VEIN Specialists, LLC at 309-862-4000 or visit their website at ILVEINS.com with locations in Bloomington, Eureka, Streator and Peru.