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Common Legs Issues for Seniors and the Great Saphenous Vein

As we age, our bodies undergo numerous changes, and one area that often bears the brunt of these changes is our legs. From decreased mobility to circulation issues, seniors, especially, face myriad leg-related problems that can impact their quality of life.

Common Leg Problems for Seniors:

  1. Varicose Veins: Varicose veins are characterized by enlarged, swollen veins that often appear dark blue or purple. They can cause discomfort, itching, and aching, and may lead to more serious complications if left untreated.
  2. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): PAD occurs when plaque buildup narrows the arteries, reducing blood flow to the legs and feet. Seniors with PAD may experience leg pain, cramping, and weakness, particularly during physical activity.
  3. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): DVT involves the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, which can lead to swelling, pain, and potentially life-threatening complications if a clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs (pulmonary embolism).

The Role of the Great Saphenous Vein:

The great saphenous vein is one of the largest veins in the body, running along the inside of the leg from the foot to the groin. According to Dr Alex Afshar, Founder and CEO of the Vein Institute, “It helps direct lower extremity unoxygenated blood back to the heart in a one-way direction.” Unfortunately, the great saphenous vein is susceptible to various issues that can compromise its function. “It is one of the most common veins that become incompetent leading to back flow and pooling of blood around the ankles

What Can Happen to the Great Saphenous Vein:

  1. Valve Dysfunction: The veins in our legs contain one-way valves that help prevent blood from flowing backward. If these valves become weakened or damaged, as is often the case with age, blood may reflux or pool in the veins, leading to conditions like varicose veins.
  2. Thrombophlebitis: Occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein, causing inflammation and potential blockage. This condition can affect the great saphenous vein, leading to pain, swelling, and redness along the affected vein.

Available Treatments:

Fortunately, several treatment options are available to address issues with the great saphenous vein and improve leg health for seniors:

  1. Compression Therapy: Wearing compression stockings or socks can help improve blood flow and alleviate symptoms associated with vein issues by providing external pressure to support the veins.
  2. Sclerotherapy: Involves injecting a solution directly into the affected vein, causing it to collapse and fade over time. This minimally invasive procedure is often used to treat varicose veins and spider veins.
  3. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA): A procedure that uses laser energy to heat and seal off the affected vein, rerouting blood flow to healthier veins. It is highly effective for treating varicose veins and can be performed on an outpatient basis with minimal downtime. The treating physician, “only needs to access a vein like giving blood, no downtime, no scars, no post-op pain, back to normal activity right after the procedure. …and is covered by insurance” adds Dr Afshar.

 

Leg health is crucial for maintaining mobility and overall well-being, especially for seniors.  If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms or other leg issues consult a physician.  For other questions pertaining the care of a senior loved one reach out to Oasis Senior Advisors. They offer their knowledge and expertise at no cost to you (TheDoyles@YourOasisAdvisor.com – 914.356.1901 //. 475.619.4123)

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