We all know that maintaining a healthy weight is important, but did you realize that morbid obesity or being overweight plays a significant role in the development of venous reflux disease in the legs?
Having a significant amount of additional body weight harms many organ systems in the body. The hips, knees, and ankles take a significant beating over time and the development of diabetes, increased cholesterol, increased blood pressure, and heart disease can be tremendous problems. The added weight also damages the valves inside the leg veins. The damaged valves cannot carry out their intended function, which is to prevent blood from traveling down the leg veins. As a result, the venous blood pressure in the leg increases and people begin to experience symptoms including burning, throbbing, aching, cramping, fatigue, heaviness, restlessness, tiredness, itching, swelling, and discoloration of the legs and feet. People no longer want to exercise or even go for a leisurely walk because their legs feel bad. This becomes a dynamic process and weight gain continues each year. Soon you notice that 10 years have passed and you have gained 50-100 lbs.
If you want your legs to feel good enough to begin walking and exercising again, then you need to treat the vein disease in your legs. We use the Venefit procedure (formerly called VNUS Closure) to treat vein disease in the legs. It is minimally invasive and the most effective technique available. Venefit is performed in the office in about 15 minutes without pain, and patients resume activity right away. Overnight, patients notice significant improvement in their legs. Make your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get in shape possible. Treat the vein disease that is keeping you on the couch and have Better Legs for a Better Life.