what can I do to reduce varicose veins in my wife's legs?

Venous Reflux Exams . 7 answers . 4 years ago

Would elevating her legs to my shoulders while lying in bed and massaging her legs from ankles to thighs help at all?

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4 years ago by Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc. (View Profile)

Varicose veins happen because of pulling of blood from deep veins through incompetent valves between the deep and superficial system under effects of gravity on our legs, and compartment pressures. Genetics is the most important factor for getting varicose veins, and applies to more than 85% of cases of varicose veins. So, if your wife's relatives have this kind of problem, then you cannot do much. Many factors assist in generation and aggravation of varicose veins. Pregnancy, through hormonal changes, and the mechanical effect of the weight of uterus and its contents on the pelvic floor veins will intensify the occurrence/aggravation of varicose veins. Therefore, the number of pregnancies is another aggravating factor. The female hormone, progesterone, and pregnancy are the reason why females have varicose veins 2-3 times more often than men. The DAILY
wearing of strong compression stockings is the only way to slow down the progression of varicose veins. Of course wearing tight compression stockings everyday, is not practical. Men who ask their wives to wear these stocking everyday of their lives, in place of
getting proper treatment, should try them for few days themselves. But practically, short of getting proper So, dear sir, the best way is to see the correct vein specialist, such an experienced board certified phlebologist.

4 years ago by Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc. (View Profile)

Varicose veins happen because of pulling of blood from deep veins through incompetent valves between the deep and superficial system under effects of gravity on our legs, and compartment pressures. Genetics is the most important factor for getting varicose veins, and applies to more than 85% of cases of varicose veins. So, if your wife's relatives have this kind of problem, then you cannot do much. Many factors assist in generation and aggravation of varicose veins. Pregnancy, through hormonal changes, and the mechanical effect of the weight of uterus and its contents on the pelvic floor veins will intensify the occurrence/aggravation of varicose veins. Therefore, the number of pregnancies is another aggravating factor. The female hormone, progesterone, and pregnancy are the reason why females have varicose veins 2-3 times more often than men. The DAILY
wearing of strong compression stockings is the only way to slow down the progression of varicose veins. Of course wearing tight compression stockings everyday, is not practical. Men who ask their wives to wear these stocking everyday of their lives, in place of
getting proper treatment, should try them for few days themselves. But practically, short of getting proper So, dear sir, the best way is to see the correct vein specialist, such an experienced board certified phlebologist.


4 years ago by VeinSolutions - Edina (View Profile)

The best thing to prevent and decrease varicose veins and the symptoms
that come with them is walking. Sitting or standing in one place for a
long period of time should be avoided. If this cannot be avoided, we
recommend wearing compression hose during those times. Elevation helps
to alleviate any pain or swelling associated with varicose veins.




4 years ago by VeinSolutions - Edina (View Profile)

The best thing to prevent and decrease varicose veins and the symptoms
that come with them is walking. Sitting or standing in one place for a
long period of time should be avoided. If this cannot be avoided, we
recommend wearing compression hose during those times. Elevation helps
to alleviate any pain or swelling associated with varicose veins.





4 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

It may help her symptoms, but will not reduce the varicose veins in her legs. They will still be there when she stand up. Varicose veins are due to faulty venous valves that cannot be corrected with elevation and massage.

4 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

It may help her symptoms, but will not reduce the varicose veins in her legs. They will still be there when she stand up. Varicose veins are due to faulty venous valves that cannot be corrected with elevation and massage.


4 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

It may temporarily help with the symptoms but would not offer a cure.

4 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

It may temporarily help with the symptoms but would not offer a cure.


4 years ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

Your proposed treatment would provide a temporary relief of symptoms, but would not improve her legs varicosities. She needs an exam to determine which one/ones of the avilable treatments is thr right one for her.

4 years ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

Your proposed treatment would provide a temporary relief of symptoms, but would not improve her legs varicosities. She needs an exam to determine which one/ones of the avilable treatments is thr right one for her.


4 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Your treatment is a temporary fix to a more significant underlying problem.Your wife should have a venous reflux exam to determine the cause of the varicose veins and then proper treatment depending on the findings.

4 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Your treatment is a temporary fix to a more significant underlying problem.Your wife should have a venous reflux exam to determine the cause of the varicose veins and then proper treatment depending on the findings.


4 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Elevation and massage should help.

4 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Elevation and massage should help.


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