Obesity and Reticular Veins

Obesity is not only a contributing factor to varicose and reticular veins, but it also makes treatment more challenging and complex. Those who are overweight and at risk for development of varicose veins should seek help from their primary care doctor to develop a weight loss plan. Not only will they realize systemic benefits, they’ll realize benefits to their knees, legs, and feet that can greatly reduce pain and risk. Furthermore, obese patients should visit vein doctors at least annually to have their lower extremities evaluated thoroughly.

Obesity  Masks Varicose Veins

Many vascular surgeons find that patients suffering from obesity don’t know that they have varicose veins. Patients with a healthy weight will see veins darken and bulge out of their skin, while the veins of the overweight may be disguised by extra fat in the skin making them, essentially, invisible. In these cases, patients may not notice until the leaking vein has damaged the tissues in their lower leg.

Assessment is More Challenging

It is not only difficult for the patient to see varicose veins, but it can also be challenging for the scanning equipment we use to detect varicose veins that are deep beneath the surface of the leg, making the diagnosis more difficult.

Noninvasive Treatments May Not Be an Option

The least invasive treatment options are the most difficult to perform on very deep varicose veins. Choose a vein clinic experienced in treating varicose veins in overweight patients to ensure your doctor is aware of these added challenged and understands the risks involved.

Compression Socks Can Be More Risky Than Helpful

In patients with a specific shape – typically a much larger thigh than lower leg – compression socks tend to roll down and bunch up on one spot. If a compression sock fits this way, it puts the patient at higher risk of developing varicose veins rather than lessening the risk.

There is help for patients suffering from obesity. Work with your family or general practitioner to lose weight and see your vascual surgeon regularly to assess the legs for damaged veins and tissues.


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