Why do I get varicose veins?.

What are the causes of Varicose Veins?

Some frailty in the inner lining of the vein is considered the reason for the formation of varicose veins. Valves in the vein system are meant to prevent the blood from flowing in the wrong direction i.e. down into the feet. Vein valves are both found in the deep vein system and in the shallow vein system and when they do not operate correctly there is a reflux which causes an increased pressure in the veins below which then dilate and varicose veins are developed. Varicose veins can develop even though there is no reflux in the main veins of the shallow system.

It is probable that the cause for varicose veins may to some degree be attributed to genetic components, i.e. that they are hereditary. However it has been difficult to establish this unequivocally because this is such a common disorder.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins may be without symptoms. Most people however have some symptoms that may be unclear. Fatigue, irritability, pain, swelling and cramp are common symptoms. If varicose veins have been untreated for a long time there may occur permanent damage in the skin and there may also be wound formations. These wounds are frequently chronic and difficult to treat and have a tendency to re-appear.

About RVC

Since 2006 Dr. Med. Gudmundur Danielsson has worked at Scandinavian Venous Centre which is a leading centre in the treatment of venous diseases in Sweden and Norway. Currently working at Aleris Clinic in Stavanger, Norway. Extensive knowledge and experience in the performance of ultrasound imaging is important because the operation is based on this technique.

The Operation

RVC applies a state of the art laser device (ELVeS Radial 2ring™) which is internationally recognised as being one of the best and there has been a lot of experience gained in its use. The operation is performed during local anaesthesia and there is no need for general anaesthesia. The operation is performed under ultrasound scanning (Mindray DP-50)


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