I was just diagnosed with a malfunctioning saphenous vein, where the vessels in the leg that are suppose to carry blood up back to the heart are allowing the blood to reflux (and go the wrong way) down towards the feet. It causes pooling of the blood in the legs and can lead to pain, swelling or heaviness, as well as superficial varicose veins. So far my symptoms are slight, but I know it won't go away by itself and since I am so active I think I will want the vein closed. My question is: Has anyone with crest or systemic scleroderma ever had this procedure. I know sclero affects the blood vessels and I don't want to do anything to aggravate them.