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The American College of Phlebology has launched a new web portal to rise the awareness on health risks of varicose veins: healthyveins.org. Circulation is key issue of the new site.

The American College of Phlebology: Healthy Veins

Learn all about varicose veins, treatment options, prevention and management – as well as of how to find the right doctor!

Dr. Alexander Flor is member of the American College of Phlebology. He very much welcomes you for counselling on your individual care!

Why does vein disease often go untreated?

These symptoms may occur gradually, causing some primary care physicians to delay the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Likewise, vein symptoms are often mistakenly attributed to aging, arthritis, joint pain, or muscle fatigue.

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Alleine das Wort `KRAMPFADERN´ hinterlässt bei vielen Menschen – besonders bei Frauen – ein unangenehm betroffenes Gefühl.

Dr. Flor is a specialist on varicose veins

Dr. Flors recommendations on prevention of varicose veins

Sofort assoziieren wir bei diesem Gedanken an unsere Venen und unser Hautbild die kommende Bade-Saison und ob wir in diesem Jahr noch unserem persönlichen Schönheitsideal entsprechen werden. Krampfadern sind jedoch nicht nur unschön – nach gängigem Ideal – sondern weisen uns auf eine Lebensweise hin, die unserer Körperstruktur nicht voll und ganz entspricht. Varizen sind daher nicht nur Alters- und Abnützungserscheinungen, sondern können auch ein Zeichen unangemessener Lebensweise sein.

Gängige Tipps zur Erleichterung von Beschwerden wie Beinschwere, nächtliche Wadenkrämpfe und geschwollene Knöchel sind zum Beispiel das Hochlagern der Beine am Abend, bei stehenden und sitzenden Berufen die  regelmäßige Bewegung zwischendurch, und generell Änderungen in den Ernährungsgewohnheiten.

Um jedoch ganzheitlich an die Problematik heranzugehen, ist die Stärkung des Bindegewebes notwendig, denn das Bindegewebe unterstützt die Beinmuskulatur bei ihrer Pumpenarbeit. Ebenso wird die Funktion der Venenklappen unterstützt, denn durch den Druck des rückströmenden Blutes soll die Klappe nicht ihre Fähigkeit verlieren dicht zu schliessen. Das Blut tendiert ansonsten dazu  zurückfliessen und staut sich in den niedriger liegenden Bereichen der Venen, was schliesslich zu den unschönen dunklen Adern führt.

Selbstverständlich gibt es mehrere Angebote von Nahrungsmittelzusätzen und Beincremes. Hier finden Sie Rezepte für Salben zum Selbermachen!

Dr. Alexander Flor berät Sie selbstverständlich sehr gerne persönlich in der VIMC Vienna International Medical Clinic Wien und wünscht einen schönen Sommerbeginn!

Tel +43 1 26166 380

Dr. Alexander Flor, a skilled and experienced surgeon, may refer you for surgery i.e. if you have had several episodes of thrombophlebitis – the recurring inflammation of a vein – or the bleeding from a varicose vein that has broken down. However, the most common treatment for varicose veins is still considered to be surgery.

Surgical ligation and stripping pose higher numbers of possible side effects than ambulatory phlebectomy, laser surgery and endoscopic vein surgery. Nevertheless, serious medical complications are rare. Dr. Flor ties the varicose vein shut, to remove the long or short saphenous veins in the legs. Patients receive local or general anesthesia prior to surgery.

Dr. Flor performing endovenous laser surgery

Laser surgery is performed by inserting a thin laser fiber into the vein. The fiber is then slowly removed as the laser energy flows through the fiber, causing the vein walls to collapse and seal shut. This is done by inserting a laser fiber directly into the vein through a small incision and transmitting energy through the fiber while it is slowly removed from the vein.

Foam sclerotherapy is used to treat the larger veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into your varicose veins. Your legs will be tightly bandaged afterwards.

Dr. Flor will suggest you to wear compression stockings after surgery as well as after other varicose veins treatments. The thrombo-embolic deterrent stockings (TED) will improve circulation in your legs. They are tightest at the ankle and get gradually looser as they go further up your leg. This encourages your blood to flow upwards towards your heart. These are stockings that have been especially designed to squeeze the legs in order to help maintain your circulation. After surgery they relieve swelling and aching of your legs and can prevent more varicose veins from developing.

For appropriate information on specific procedures as well as for making an examination appointment to discuss your individual care, please contact Dr. Flor. He will explain your options to you and help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Please note:

Dr. Flor follows the call to practice again at Viennas Privatklinik Döbling.

You may make an appointment via

T +43 (1) 360 66 DW 5500, 5544 or 5545
E-Mail to anmeldung@pkd.at

Chronic venous insufficiency of the lower limbs (CVI) is characterized by symptoms or signs produced by venous hypertension as a result of structural or functional abnormalities of veins.

Symptoms may include aching, heaviness, leg-tiredness, cramps, itching, sensations of burning, swelling, the restless leg syndrome, dilatation or prominence of superficial veins, and skin changes.

Signs may include telangiectasia, reticular or varicose veins, edema, and skin changes such as pigmentation, lipodermatosclerosis, eczema, and ulceration. 

The most frequent causes of CVI are primary abnormalities of the venous wall and the valves and secondary changes due to previous venous thrombosis that can lead to reflux, obstruction, or both. Congenital malformations are rare causes of CVI. Because the history and clinical examination will not always indicate the nature and extent of the underlying abnormality (anatomic extent, pathology, and cause), a number of diagnostic investigations have been developed that can elucidate whether there is calf muscle pump dysfunction and can determine the anatomic extent and functional severity of obstruction or reflux. The difficulty in deciding which investigations to use and how to interpret the results has stimulated the development of this consensus document. The aim of this document was to provide an account of these tests, with an outline of their usefulness and limitations and indications of which patients should be subjected to the tests and when and of what clinical decisions can be made.

Investigation of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
A Consensus Statement
A. N. Nicolaides, MS, FRCS, FRCSE
Clinical Investigation and Reports
Circulation. 2000;102:e126-e163
doi: 10.1161/01.CIR.102.20.e126
(Circulation. 2000;102:e126.)
© 2000 American Heart Association, Inc.