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Make Varicose Veins Go Away the Dr. Oz Way, But Beware of Hidden Dangers

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2012-11-27 12:21

Dr. Oz reveals to viewers the latest technology for painless, nonsurgical treatment of varicose veins. However, what is not revealed are some hidden dangers that you need to know.

“It’s the body gripe over 60% of women complain about - varicose veins,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces special guest Dr. Luis Navarro, MD, FACS and founder of the Vein Treatment Center who says that he has a new, non-surgical way to remove varicose veins with cryo-sclerotherapy.

Varicose veins are a dreaded cosmetic blight for many women as well as for some men. The physiology of varicose veins and its smaller form of spider veins has to do with poor blood flow as deoxygenated blood makes its way from the lower extremities back to the heart.

For blood to travel back toward the heart, the venous pathway relies on the elasticity of the veins as well as the muscle contractions in the legs to act as pumps to work the blood up against the pull of gravity. Furthermore, tiny valves in the veins of legs act as one-way gates that prevent venous blood from flowing backward.

Unfortunately however, sometimes the venous blood does not circulate as well as it should up the legs and/or the valves become leaky allowing blood to flow backward and form into pools. These pools are evidenced by large, gnarly dark-blue veins that are known commonly as varicose veins.

While varicose veins are little more than unsightly blemishes for most, for others they can be achy to the point of being painful and a sign that an underlying medical condition may exist in need of medical care.


Signs and symptoms of painful varicose veins include:

• An achy feeling in your legs.

• A feeling of heaviness in your legs.

• Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in the lower legs.

• Sitting or standing for a long time worsens the leg pain.

• Itchiness around the veins.

• Skin ulcers near the ankles.

When skin ulcers form on or near the ankles, it may be due to a long-term buildup of blood from varicose veins. More critical, however, is the formation of blood clots deeper within the legs that causes severe swelling referred to as thrombophlebitis that may become dislodged and travel to the heart or brain and thereby block an important blood vessel. Such signs related to varicose veins require immediate medical attention.

The causes of varicose veins are varied, but typically are due to aging, family history, gender, obesity, standing or sitting for prolonged periods, and pregnancy—all of which can impede venous blood flow from the lower limbs back to the heart.

To prevent or slow down the development of varicose veins, the Mayo Clinic offers the following recommendations:

Exercise. Get your legs moving. Walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs. Your doctor can recommend an appropriate activity level for you.

Watch your weight, and your diet. Shedding excess pounds takes unnecessary pressure off your veins. What you eat can help, too. Follow a low-salt diet to prevent swelling caused from water retention.

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Very interested in this procedure. What steps do I take to have a consultation?
i sent you a note about my problems. If you did not receive it please let me know immediately. HELP HELP. there is no on in el pas tx to use you technique.
thank you i will talk to my health care provider (I have very little faith she has ever heard of Dr Sadick's method of treatment). Jimmie chancey
Jimmie - I just feel badly that you are having so much trouble. I'm hoping once you get a referral to someone to discuss what's going on you can go from there. Another specialist in treating varicose veins might know of the treatment method (fingers crossed). Either way you need to get some help, don't you agree? Best to you - sincerely. :)
I need help now i have had varicose surgery and my legs are worse and the spider vein treatment ( I told the dr it was like some one sticking me with an ice pick. I could not stand the pain so the dr said good by to me. CAN YOU SEND ME THE MADE OF A DR WHO USE YOURS AND DR NEIL SADICK TECHNIQUE ??I CAN NOT FIND A DR IN EL PASO TX I AM WILLING TO TRAVEL. LYMPHADEMA HAS STARTED TO DEVELOP. HELP HELP
Jimmie - We are not doctors or referring health care providers. I think you could speak with your family doctor for a referral. That is your best option.
I would highly recommend any one with serious vericose vein issues, to have laser vein surgery. It was very easy. I went to the hospital in Winchester, MA and had the procedure. (They can put you under) so you aren't awake for it. (That's what they did with me) I woke up and it was done. It was a bit painful for a few days and I had to stay off my feet. so you'll have to deal with the recovery period and maybe miss a week or so of work, but by the second week you're pretty much back to normal. It was relatively quick recovery period compared to most surgeries and really helped clear things up. Now I just basically have to lose the weight and exercise more this summer and get the vericose veins to disappear. If you are considering laser vein surgery I would highly recommend it. It sure beats the alternative.

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