Don’t fall for these five myths about varicose veins — they could prevent you from getting the treatment you need.
As with any common medical condition, a number of myths exist around varicose veins. Unfortunately, these misconceptions may deter people from seeking appropriate treatment.
If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to serious health issues. Varicose veins are a sign of underlying venous insufficiency, which means that the veins have difficulty pumping blood back to the heart. Within each leg vein are valves that pump blood upward and prevent it from pooling. If these valves malfunction, blood collects in the leg veins and the vein walls push up against the skin. The result is a twisty knot of blue or purple ropes called varicose veins.
Fortunately, there are therapies that can reduce the symptoms of varicose veins, prevent them from worsening, or eliminate the condition entirely. First, however, it’s important to separate the fact from the fiction in order to come up with an effective treatment plan.
Five Myths About Varicose Veins … and Why They’re Wrong
Many commonly held falsehoods about varicose veins are easily dispelled. Knowing the truth will help patients better understand their condition and treatment options.
Myth: Varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue.
Truth: While varicose veins may be unsightly, they also cause pain, swelling, throbbing, and a “heavy” feeling in the legs. For many people, these symptoms affect their quality of life. Varicose veins also increase the chance of serious blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Another potential complication is painful wounds called venous ulcers.
Myth: Only women get varicose veins.
Truth: The majority of varicose vein sufferers are women, but that’s doesn’t mean aren’t prone to the condition as well. According to one study, about 25% to 30% of women and 10% to 20% of men showed visible signs of varicose veins..
Myth: Major surgery is the only option to cure varicose veins.
Truth: In the past, doctors put patients under general anesthesia and removed — or stripped — the damaged vein. Today, vascular surgeons employ several minimally invasive techniques that are performed in the office and allow patients to immediately resume their normal lives. For example, during sclerotherapy, the surgeon injects a medication to seal off the vein. Similarly, endovenous ablation uses heat to collapse the vein.
Myth: Varicose veins are always visible.
Truth: It’s easy to spot varicose veins when they crop up along the skin’s surface. However, varicose veins deeper within the muscles may not be visible. Yet these “invisible” varicose veins produce the classic symptoms of the condition — painful, swollen, itchy, and tired legs.
Myth: Varicose veins always come back after treatment
Truth: There is a chance varicose veins will return after successful treatment. However, current minimally invasive procedures reduce the risk of that happening.
Learn More About Varicose Veins
Siragusa Vein & Laser offers the latest in varicose vein treatment and other vascular disorder therapies. Deciding to treat your varicose veins is a major decision, and we’re here to guide you through the process. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a free treatment screening.