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Does gender affect varicose veins?

This question was asked in Miami, Florida and has 9 answer(s) as of 06/25/2013.
Can both men and women both get varicose veins? I always thought varicose veins were only in women but I have some discolored puffy veins on my legs and I think they might be varicose veins. Are treatment options different for men? I want to get rid of them and find out what they are. Help.


Doctors Answers (9)

Although women are more prone to varicose veins men can also get them but much less frequently. Over 50% of women and over 10% of men over 50 years of age get varicose veins. Whoever gets them, treatment is the same.

About 1/3 of our patients are men. Men commonly wait until their clinical disease is more advanced than women, but they need very similar care for similar stages of venous insufficiency.

Both men and women can get varicose veins but it is much more common in women and the treatment is the same for men and women. The best treatment for varicose veins is with an endovenous thermal ablation (ETA). This is an office procedure that closes the veins by using an ultrasound to place a laser fiber into the vein and permanently closes the vein and with no loss of normal activities (no down-time).

Approximately 20-30% of men can develop varicose veins. You should be evaluated by an experienced surgeon who specializes in vein treatments including ultrasound examination. The most common cause of varicose veins is venous reflux of saphenous veins. The small valves which prevent the back flow of blood may be broken causing increased pressure into smaller tributaries. If reflux is present the options are the same for both men and women - EndoVenous ablation of the deeper vein and microphlebectomy to remove the larger varicose veins. Both are minimally invasive and are performed in the office under local anesthesia with little down time. If the veins you describe are smaller and more like spider veins, they can be injected successfully (Sclerotherapy).

Both genders have varicose veins, however it is more prevalent in females. We can help. Give us a call and make appointment.

Yes both men and women can have varicose veins. The treatment is the same. Main aim of treatment is to eliminate the venous valvular reflux that causes varicose veins.

Varicose veins affect both Men and Women with a 25 to 75% breakdown. Both sexes suffer and eventually benefit from treatment.

Yes Varicose and spider veins are more common in women, about 50% more common in women than in men. Yes both men and women get them but about 45% of women suffer from varicose or spider veins and only 25% of men do. The treatment for both sexes is the same.

Varicose veins are 3 times more common in females than in males. This is mostly due to multiple pregnancies and deliveries among other hormonal factors.

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