Varicose veins

Varicose veins are caused by an increased blood pressure in the superficial veins in the lower extremities. Possible causes may include inherent weakness of tissues, long standing, inflammation of the deep veins in the lower extremities, hormonal issues, etc. The primary symptoms manifest as cosmetic defects; later, patients may complain of a feeling of heaviness in the legs after exertion or may suffer from nocturnal cramps. Decreased blood circulation in the skin may lead to formation of varicose ulcers, which are difficult to treat. The condition requires surgical treatment, which is performed under general or regional anaesthesia followed by a short-term hospitalization.

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