You had the most amazing experience of your lifetime. You gave birth to your baby girl. The doctor placed your bundle of joy in your arms and you felt like your life was complete. The last nine months were worth everything you went through to get to this moment. There is only one problem. You developed varicose veins in your legs while you were expecting. You can’t stand the way your legs look now. Worst of all, they are painful. Your legs ache and throb. You have to put them up at times throughout the day to rest. You thought this was just an issue during pregnancy and they would go away. They haven’t. Vein Doc Diana Wilsher, one of the staff at Metro Vein Centers of Michigan, offers you advice about handling varicose veins after pregnancy.
Why Do Some Pregnant Women Develop Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins develop for every woman who is about to have a baby, but it is a common problem. As your uterus swells while your baby is developing, it puts pressure on the largest vein that transports from the lower part of your body back to the heart. This pressure can cause the valves in some of your veins to malfunction. The beauty of the valves in your veins is that they close once your blood travels to the heart. In some cases, those valves don’t do their job. If they don’t snap shut, your blood can trickle backward. This results in blood that pools in one area in the vein. As it pools, it makes your vein swell. It will continue to do so over time. If you don’t get the vein treated, it will only become worse. It can make your legs feel heavy and sore. The veins can become so swollen that you can’t stand to let anyone see them. Fortunately, you don’t have to accept varicose veins. Your vein doc can treat them effectively, making them go away.
Take the Least Invasive Approach to Eliminate Varicose Veins
In the past, surgical solutions, such as vein stripping, were often used to treat varicose veins. These treatments could result in a painful, lengthy recovery. You have minimally invasive options that are available to you today. Sclerotherapy is one of the most common recommendations for varicose veins. Your vein doc will target the veins that need to be treated. Ultrasound technology may be used to give your doctor more precision. Once the source of your varicose vein is located, your vein doctor will inject an irritating substance into the vein. This causes the vein to close in on itself as the walls collapse. Your body will direct blood to another healthy vein once your treated vein is closed. In time, the varicose vein will vanish. Your body will take over to absorb it. Other methods that are minimally invasive include endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation. Both methods target the vein walls to bring about their collapse. Both use catheters that will allow the walls of the vein to be heated through the application of laser or radiofrequency energy. Regardless of which method you choose, you can expect minimal downtime. You’ll be able to carry on with your life while your varicose veins quietly disappear.
Turn to a Vein Doctor You Trust
Varicose veins after pregnancy can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, help is available. Metro Vein Centers in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Michigan offer you solutions. You will have access to a team of talented vein doctors who can help you to find the best treatment alternative.