Varicose Vein Treatment May Help Relieve Restless Legs
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) affects up to 10% of the U.S. population. RLS is caused by unpleasant sensations in the legs that typically appear when lying down and relaxing or sleeping. People with restless legs experience an uncontrollable urge to move their legs to relieve these sensations. RLS occurs in men and women, though the incidence is twice as high in women. RLS sufferers are often unable to sleep, which negatively impacts many other aspects of life.
Varicose Veins are a form of Superficial Venous Insufficiency (SVI) occurring when valves inside the veins that help transport blood back to the heart become damaged or fail. When this happens, blood flows backwards (toward the feet) and pools in the unhealthy veins, causing them to bulge and protrude above the skin surface.
How are Varicose Veins related to RLS?
Recent studies have shown that some people affected by RLS also have a form of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins. Those same studies showed that treating the varicose veins also dramatically reduced or eliminated the symptoms of RLS.
"Patients with moderate to severe RLS who also had venous insufficiency experienced an 80% average improvement in their RLS symptoms when the venous insufficiency was treated."
— CVL's Dr. Garth Rosenberg
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins
The results of these studies strongly suggesst that before initiating or continuing drug therapy, anyone suffering from RLS should be screened for venous insufficiency through the use of ultrasound imaging. If venous insufficiency is found, we would encourage a full review of the risks and benefits of treatment of the veins with the goal of curing the RLS. CVL offers the region's widest range of treatment options, including Microphlebectomy, Sclerotherapy, and VNUS Closure, which have shown to improve RLS symptoms.
Call for a Screening Today!
If you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome, we urge you to call CVL today and schedule a screening, because relief of your RLS may just be a simple procedure away! CVL's Dr. Paul McNeill and Dr. Garth Rosenberg are the only area physicians board-certified in both vascular surgery and phlebology, and CVL has offices in Frederick and Bethesda, Maryland; Leesburg, Virginia; and Charles Town, West Virginia.