Varicose veins affect about thirty percent of the population, in which only half of that population have veins that are visible on the surface; the other veins are detected by an ultrasound. Regardless if these veins are visible or not, they all cause the same symptoms that include aching, throbbing, swelling, or even phlebitis, an inflammation of the veins due to damaged vein walls. In extreme cases, leg ulcers can also result, which actually occurs in about six percent of individuals with untreated veins.
Pelvic veins are the major cause of varicose veins in the legs and are just as painful. They affect one in seven women, or one in five women if they’ve had children. Pelvic varicose veins, or PCS (pelvic congestion syndrome) develop when valves fail and blood collects inside the dilated varicose veins located in the pelvis. Professor Mark Whiteley, a vascular surgeon, explains that the blockage of blood in these veins causes the large varicose veins to push on the bladder, bowel, vagina, and pelvic floor. It can cause chronic aching in the hips and lower back pain, and hemorrhoids as well.
A session of foam sclerotherapy showed to reduce the likelihood of varicose vein regrowth after the eight-week healing process, followed by proper post-treatment care, and appropriate use of compression stockings.