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It's Not "Vane" to Have a Doctor Take a Closer Look at Your Varicose Veins

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Wanting to get rid of the varicose veins on your legs isn't as "vane" as some would think. Doctors say varicose and even spider veins can lead to other problems. Doctors at Sanford Health say they have new minimally invasive options that will get your legs back in shape.

Dr.  Todd Reil says vascular surgeries have come a long way in the last decade. They used to involve incisions, stripping of veins and sometimes even hospital stays.Now doctors are doing minimally invasive surgeries, with lasers and no incisions. Patients often spend an hour or two at the hospital and sometimes even go back to work after surgery.

Dr. Reil says not having the surgery done can cause more problems. Aching legs can cause people to stop exercising or even working. He says people could also develop open sores and clots in their legs. Dr. Reil says, "there is no reason to think that it is normal at the end of the day for your legs to ache, be fatigued or swollen." He adds, "if you have any of those symptoms -- you should see your doctor."

Dr. Reil says it's not a "vane" thing to ask about. He says in most cases varicose and spider veins are a sign of something going on on the inside and not just an appearance problem on the outside.

Another great prevention tool at Sanford is the vascular screen, which we have reported in our healthier me reports. For $50 you can have a screen that looks at your veins in your neck, stomach and legs.
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