THE VEIN CENTER

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), is a condition in which patients have an overwhelming urge to move their legs. Because RLS is often worse at night and while laying down, the condition can worsen sleep quality and cause a decrease in quality of life.

Many patients with RLS have evidence of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

At New York Weight Loss & Surgery and New Jersey Weight Loss & Surgery, Dr. Arad uses many of the treatments that help varicose veins and venous insufficiency to help treat RLS.

Most people believe that you have to see veins bulging out of your legs in order to seek a diagnosis and treatment. This is not true. Many people have no visual signs of vein disease and have only the symptoms.

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

RLS does not cause pain, but it is uncomfortable. An uncontrollable urge to move or fidget the legs is the hallmark symptom of RLS. This urge has been described as:

  • Aching
  • Creeping and crawling
  • Pulling
  • Itching
  • Throbbing

Moving the legs relieves the urge. The sensation is usually worse at night, which can make it difficult or impossible to fall asleep. The symptoms can change day to day, with some days being much worse than others.

Restless legs syndrome

Treatment

At New York Weight Loss & Surgery and New Jersey Weight Loss & Surgery, Dr. Arad uses vein treatments to help patients with varicose veins or venous insufficiency who also have RLS. These treatments help relieve restless legs symptoms and include:

  • Radiofrequency AblationThis method uses radiofrequency energy to heat the inside of the vein walls. This gets rid of the damaged, nonfunctioning veins by causing them to close.
  • SclerotherapyThis treatment uses a foam thats injected into troublesome veins. The foam causes scarring, leading to the veins closing and blood to be rerouted into healthy veins.

If you are having trouble sleeping due to RLS, request an appointment at New York Weight Loss & Surgery or New Jersey Weight Loss & Surgery. If your RLS is caused by varicose veins or venous insufficiency in the legs, we can help. Well go over your treatment options and help you choose one thats right for you.