As a member of the medical specialty dedicated to providing relief for patients suffering from vein disease, it is disheartening to know that, despite the high prevalence of venous disease (including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency [CVI]), the vast majority of people with these conditions do not adequately address them. Many have been given misinformation, or are simply not aware that minimally invasive treatments exist that can offer relief of symptoms and potentially stop the progression into CVI. Given the prevailing misconception that varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue, only 1.9 million of the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from varicose veins or CVI seek treatment, according to the American College of Phlebology.
Individuals suffering with vein disease, particularly those experiencing the more severe symptoms, may find working, everyday tasks and even walking difficult. CVI can occur at any age; however, increased age is a risk factor. CVI tends to be more prevalent in women who have been pregnant, those who have a family history of the condition, or those whose jobs or activities require prolonged standing.
What can you do?
As varicose veins are often misunderstood as a cosmetic problem, many people living with them do not seek treatment. The good news is that there are minimally-invasive treatment options available for varicose veins and CVI that are covered by most insurance plans. These treatments address the condition before it progresses further, allowing for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.