Ann is a 37-year-old teacher who didn’t give a thought to all the hours she spends standing each day — until she felt pain in her lower right leg. The next morning as she got dressed, she examined her leg and she noticed one of the veins in her calf was purplish and slightly tender when she rubbed her fingers along it.
She hoped the pain would go away but it didn’t, and the discolored vein darkened further. Ann knew what varicose veins were because her mother had them.
Aside from feeling distress that she might become her mother, Ann recalled the surgery her mom underwent to remove the diseased veins after the pain became constant and they bulged in an unsightly way. She cringed when she remembered the time it took for her mother to recover – although her legs did look much better after the surgery.
After doing some research and visiting the Vein Institute of Connecticut, Ann decided to have her varicose veins treated. (She had spider veins around the ankle of the same leg.) She met with our doctors and learned that modern techniques no longer require surgery, hospital stays or the long recovery times her mother endured.
Together they considered treatment options, deciding on radiofrequency ablation for the vein in Ann’s leg and sclerotherapy for the spider veins. The office staff researched her insurance and helped her prepare paperwork for payment.
As Ann now knows, risk factors for varicose veins include having relatives who had the disease and working at a job that requires lots of standing or sitting. Ann returned to work a day after her veins were treated and our doctors explained steps Ann could take after Varicose Vein treatment. She has started an exercise routine and she takes regular breaks during the day to put her feet up so that her legs stay as healthy as possible.
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