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What are the varicose vein treatment differences for men and women?

My husband and I both have leg varicose veins and we would like to go through treatment at the same time. Will our treatments options be different since I am female and he is male? Are certain treatments better for women or for men? Would the recovery times be the same for both of us?

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Same treatments for men and women. The severity of your veins and what you have determine the best treatment options, not male or female. Recovery is dependent on the person and usually in just a few days the person is fine.

Everything is the same, assuming you both have the same problem.

Great question. The treatments options are the same for men and women with varicose veins. The treatments are equally effective for men and women and recovery time is the same. There are some differences between the sexes: varicose vein problems are more common in women than men, and men tend to wait until their veins are worse to get treatment.

The treatment plans never vary by gender - only by anatomy - and symptoms recovery is based on the treatment only, and in most cases, is exactly the same.

Treatments are the same for both men and women. However, without knowing your history and ultrasound reports, it is difficult to say which options each of you need. If there is saphenous reflux present, laser ablation is the most appropriate treatment. At the same setting your surgeon may remove some of the varicose veins using microphlebectomy. Recovery from these procedures is minimal. You will have a dressing on for 24-48 hours, then a stocking for about a week - this varies from surgeon to surgeon. Normal activity can be resumed the next day with walking, elliptical or treadmill, and gradually working up to a full normal routine over the week. Of course recover may vary from severity, size of the veins treated, location etc.

There is little difference between men and women, except that more women get venous insufficiency and varicose veins, and men tend to present for evaluation with more advanced problems because they wait longer than women to deal with their problems.

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