What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are unsightly, uncomfortable and sometimes painful veins that have become swollen or distended. They often appear on the legs and feet, but can develop in other areas as well.
Varicose veins are most often caused by weakened valves within the veins. When these valves become weakened, blood is not adequately circulated and pools within the vein, causing it to swell and leading to the appearance of varicose veins.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
Fortunately, there are effective treatments for varicose veins, including:
- Self-care measures, such as using compression stockings, elevating the legs, and exercising regularly
- Laser treatments
- Sclerotherapy treatments
- Varicose Vein Surgery
Surgery for Varicose Veins
Varicose vein surgery, or vein stripping, is the removal of affected veins. Depending on the severity and location of the affected veins, acid may be injected into them to make them collapse, or the veins may be removed through a small incision in the skin. Vein stripping is most often done with general anesthesia.
Recovery from varicose vein surgery is relatively quick and most people experience no problems with their veins in the long term. However, there is a possibility that new varicose veins could develop in the future.
Benefits of Varicose Vein Surgery
The main benefits of varicose vein surgery include:
- Reduced discomfort, pain and aching
- Reduced swelling and inflammation
- Improved circulation
- Reduced discoloration of the skin
- Regained self-confidence
- Elimination of social anxiety
Things to Consider Before Varicose Vein Surgery
Before opting for varicose vein surgery, it’s important to consider the risks and benefits of this procedure. While the surgery is relatively safe, it’s important to know about the potential side effects, such as scarring and blood vessel damage. It’s also important to discuss any pre-existing conditions you may have, such as diabetes or heart problems, and any medications you are taking.
If you are considering varicose vein surgery, it’s important to consult a vein specialist to discuss your options and find the best possible treatment plan for your individual needs.