Varicose Veins

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James G. McPherson, III, MD, MPH, FACS

Specializing In The Treatment of Cosmetic and Medical Vein Therapy

Dr. McPherson is board certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery and performs all aspects of adult cardiac, general thoracic, and peripheral vascular surgery to treat Varicose Veins.

What causes varicose veins?

The purpose of veins is to carry blood from the toes to the heart. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the toes. Most arteries have a blood pressure of at least 100 mm Hg. The pressure in the veins is much lower. How does the blood leg veins travel the same distance without the pressure of an artery? Veins have valves that keep the blood traveling in one direction. The valves and the leg muscles keep the blood traveling in the right direction. If one of the valves stops working, the blood will backwards in the vein This is called reflux. The blood goes past the leaking valve and stops at the next competent valve. The additional blood causes the vein to bulge. This is now a varicose vein.

 

Who is at risk of getting Varicose Veins?

People who spend a lot of time on their feet. This includes Teachers, doctors, nurses, law enforcement, firefighters, hospitality and restaurant workers, bartenders, barbers and hairstylists, salespeople, letter and package carriers, and of course pregnant mothers.

Can you inherit Varicose Veins?

There is a genetic component that may increase your risk of developing vein disease if either or your parents had it.

What happens if Varicose Veins are left untreated?

In severe cases, the increased pressure and swelling can cause ulcers in the skin.

 

Are Varicose Veins a cosmetic problem?

They can be. We perform a thorough ultrasound examination on each patient. This powerful diagnostic tool allows us to measure the amount of reflux in each patient. It also allows us to see if the varicose veins are superficial, or if there is a deeper problem.

What happens if varicose veins are left untreated?

Left untreated varicose veins can become larger, more painful. They can rupture causing massive bleeding and death. Venous insufficiency can cause discoloration of the skin over the lower leg. In severe cases, the skin over the lower legs is can ulcerate.

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Varicose veins result from increased pressure in the legs. This results in pooling of blood in the valves of the leg veins. This causes the veins to bulge and become bluish in color. Some patients have vein disease in the absence of visible varicose veins. They often complain of leg fatigue, heaviness, and swelling. Many of these patients have dark discoloration of the legs, very thin skin, and sometimes ulcers.
Risk factors for developing varicose veins include people who spend a lot of time on their feet, women who have had one or more children, obesity, and a family history of varicose veins.

If you have one or more of these risk factors, early use of compression stockings may prevent you from developing varicose veins. Elevation of the legs when sitting is also a helpful preventative measure.

Dr. McPherson strives to deliver the best varicose vein treatment Ventura has to offer. Dr. McPherson’s patients range from all over Los Angeles and Ventura county. Your treatment will be performed in Dr. McPherson’s surgery center located in Oxnard, CA, just outside of Ventura.

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