Obesity is at least a mild risk factor for varicose and spider veins. Obese patients are often more difficult to treat and may have a higher risk of disease recurrence. One reason some theorize, is that higher abdominal pressure from obesity can interfere with the rising flow of blood through the veins of the legs. Obese patients also tend to have a higher incidence of swollen legs. However, this is necessarily due to leg-vein disease. Overweight people frequently have what can be considered lymphedema, which occurs when the lymph vessels fail to adequately drain tissue fluid up the legs. This may be due, at least in part, to the additional bulk in the groin and upper thighs, which can put pressure on the lymph vessels and create a partial blockage. For more information, visit our website www.advancedveinandvascularsolutions.com or call us at 813-258-2273.