Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life, that varicose veins and pregnancy can often go hand in hand. So, in this article David explores the uncomfortable truth for some expectant or new Mums.
Varicose veins commonly develop in pregnancy because the gravid (enlarged pregnant) uterus grows and prevents the usual outflow of blood back from the legs to the heart. This causes increased pressure in the leg veins. Despite, the numerous websites out there that offer tips on prevention, experience has shown me that there is very little a pregnant woman can do to avoid these. If you are genetically predisposed to venous disease, it will, eventually, raise its head! Once it has done so, any varicose veins that have formed will never go away without treatment. You may find that, after your pregnancy, and without the outflow obstruction, they seem much less obvious for a while. But, they will gradually progress again.
A common myth about varicose veins and pregnancy:
I’ve heard it recounted that a woman should wait until she has completed her family to have veins treated. Take it from me; this is a myth. Delaying treatment will simply make for an extremely uncomfortable next pregnancy.
If you have developed varicose veins through your pregnancy, we can sometimes treat extremely uncomfortable very new mums. As long as you’re not breast feeding, there are no issues with immediate treatment. If you are breastfeeding, we can still treat you and alleviate your pain from varicose veins with some provisos.
Varicose vein treatments:
All the varicose vein treatments we offer at enhanceskin are walk-in and walk-out procedures. These include Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS), the minimally invasive Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) – the new ‘gold standard’ treatment, as well as the brand new VenaSeal- a medical glue!
We have Affiliated Provider status with Southern Cross for varicose vein treatment and can accept payment through many other health insurance providers. If you have no health insurance in place, we are pleased to be able to offer our patients the convenience of using Q-Card (12 months interest-free) to pay for varicose vein treatments.
Contact us to book your appointment with David!