It runs our blood. It ensures well distribution to our heart then back to our organs. It forms the traffic network of our anatomy. It regulates the right functioning of our most vital fluid. It is our Veins. Our beautiful, fragile yet so efficient little veins.
And nature is well created… because our veins can tell a lot about us. When they want to express something it comes out as varicose veins…. And the stories they tell are various covering a panel of light symptoms to very serious ones. We we had the privilege and great pleasure to interview Doctor Jamil Fanous, Phlebologist.
Dr Jamil Fanous is a franco lebanese doctor born and raised in Lebanon who made his studies in France. After his medical studies he decided to become a phlebology expert for he thinks no one, especially women need to have varicose and spider veins! Our legs are a beautiful useful part of our body so let’s care for them!
After more than 15 years in Lyon, Dr Fanous decided to share his time between his two countries so both could benefit from his expertise. Here’s some of the questions we asked him.
What is Phlebology?
Phlebology is “the branch of medicine that deals with veins and disease of veins”. It helps make the diagnosis of veins disorders.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For others, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems.
How do we get Varicose Veins?
There are many reasons for varicose veins:
- Hereditary. If several members of your family suffer from varicose veins, you probably will also be predisposed at some point.
- Overweight. Yes, overweight is a reason for many diseases. It also concerns our veins! Because overweight puts more pressure on the veins avoiding them to properly do their tasks.
- Smoking. Indeed, smoking makes our veins tired and slow.
- Lack of exercise. Our body needs to exercise in order to make the blood properly run in the veins, with the right amount of oxygen.
What are the Symptoms?
- Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
- Veins that appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your legs
- An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
- Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs
- Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
- Itching around one or more of your veins
- Bleeding from varicose veins
- A painful cord in the vein with red discoloration of the skin
- Color changes, hardening of the vein, inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near your ankle, which can mean you have a serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention
What to do?
- Visit your doctor the soonest who will advise you to see a specialist if needed.
- With the specialist, you will see which treatment suits you the best. Don’t forget if surgery was commonly used for decays, now you can benefit from much more easier interventions.
- And especially you must know that a varicose vein never totally disappear! So to give the medical results all its chances, you need to work hand in hand with the doctor.
What are the treatments?
Here are some of the most common treatments for Varicose veins:
- Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, your doctor injects small- and medium-sized varicose veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins.
- Foam sclerotherapy of large veins. Injection of a large vein with a foam solution is also a possible treatment to close a vein and seal it. This is a newer technique.
- Laser surgeries. Doctors are using new technology in laser treatments to close off smaller varicose veins and spider veins. No incisions or needles are used.
- High ligation and vein stripping. This procedure involves tying off a vein before it joins a deep vein and removing the vein through small incisions.
- Endoscopic vein surgery. You might need this operation only in an advanced case involving leg ulcers if other techniques fail.
Well now, be careful and watch your health! Whether it is for aesthetic reasons or more serious ones, care for your veins! Give them a healthy diet, exercise, and regular check ups. You will gain beautiful legs as well as a healthy body. Don’t forget, your veins are the railways. Without them, no train is on the move!
Interview with Doctor Jamil Fanous