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Can you get varicose veins treatment if you are pregnant?

This question was asked in Bexley, Ohio and has 11 answer(s) as of 04/02/2013.
Can you get varicose veins treatment if you are pregnant?


Doctors Answers (11)

The corner stone of varicose vein treatment is the use of graduated compression hosiery. These have No affect on the pregnancy and can relieve many symptoms and slow the disease progress. Pretty much any other approach could have an impact on a pregnancy. Being that varicose vein disease is not life threatening, most physicians would opt to wait til a woman has delivered her baby BEFORE rendering any vein treatment. As is the case in many aspects of medicine, each case must be evaluated separately. What is appropriate for one patient may not be for another. A complete history and physical exam and appropriate testing needs to be performed and then a recommendation can be accurately made for that patient.

Varicose veins very commonly either develop during pregnancy or are made worse during pregnancy for many reasons. When it comes to the timing of having your veins treated, there are some things you can do while pregnant and/or breastfeeding to help control your symptoms. These measures include wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs, and also sleeping on your left side while you are pregnant. Many varicose vein problems will resolve after mom has finished breastfeeding. Other treatments such as laser or radiofrequency ablation, phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy are not recommended during pregnancy.

No it is best to wait until the baby is born and then a few months more till getting treatment for varicose veins.

No, most treatments should be postponed until after delivery. Wear good, minimum 20-30 mm Hg. compression hose during pregnancy and delay definitive treatments until after you deliver your child. Some patients have significant or complete resolution of their varicose veins after delivery, therefore just wait.

Varicose veins are managed during pregnancy using medical grade maternity support hose that will make the varicose veins more comfortable and minimize increasing both the size and number of varicose veins during pregnancy. Following pregnancy, a more complete treatment can be done to eliminate the leg varicose veins. Small varicose veins may spontaneously disappear quickly after the pregnancy, especially after the first pregnancy. Large varicose veins will usually need to be treated after the pregnancy.

In the United States, varicose vein treatment is usually not performed on a pregnant woman. This is mostly for medical legal reasons. Vein problems during pregnancy are treated with compression stockings. 6-8 weeks after delivery, definitive treatment can be done.

Pregnancy accelerates the development of varicose veins in women who are genetically prone to get varicose veins. The hormonal changes of pregnancy and the increased body fluid volume of pregnancy cause stretching of the veins of the lower extremities. Additionally, compression of the iliac veins in the pelvis by the enlarging uterus results in significant obstruction of blood flow out of the lower extremities. This results in higher pressure in the leg veins and stretching of the veins of the lower extremities.

Surgical and medical treatment of varicose veins is typically not done during pregnancy. Unfortunately, varicose veins may worsen during pregnancy because of a number of factors. Firstly, there is an increase in circulating volume of blood. Second, there may be hormonal factors that weaken the vein wall. Finally, there are mechanical effects on the leg veins from carrying the fetus. During pregnancy, treatment would be conservative. This includes keeping the blood circulating, by making sure one gets off their feet and walking, making sure that one wears clothes that fit well, and by using compression or support hosiery.

The best option is to await till after delivery before starting varicose veins treatment. The physiological and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy contribute to the formation of varicose veins; therefore it is best to wait until after pregnancy is over to treat the varicose veins.

Yes, this is no problem.

It is not recommended while pregnant. However, wearing graded compression stockings will help prevent progression of varicose veins.

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