Myths about Varicose Veins

medial view of leg with varicose veins SOURCE: 1) Ruckley, C. Vaughan (1983). Color Atlas of Surgery for Varicose Veins. Page 11, Figures 2a and 2b.

  1. Varicose veins are a cosmetic problem. There are many symptoms of varicose veins including: pain, swelling, itching, fatigue, heaviness, cramping and restlessness. Varicose veins can also cause skin break down, ulceration and blood clots.
  2. Varicose veins are a sign of aging. Yes, your body wears over time and veins can fall into that category, but not every person will develop varicose veins in their lifetime. Also, varicose veins can develop early in life.
  3. Varicose veins will always reoccur after vein treatment. This myth stems from the older version of vein treatment, vein stripping. Reoccurrence often came soon after treatment with the stripping method. The newer methods of treatment are safer, more effective and have kept recurrence rates lower.
  4. There is a cure for varicose veins. When you have the genetic predisposition to develop varicose veins, other veins can form over time. It’s likened to weeding a garden: you can pull all of the weeds you see at the time, but it doesn’t mean more won’t pop up later.
  5. Recovery is difficult after a varicose vein procedure. With the newer treatment methods, there is little down time. We advise to refrain from vigorous physical activity for 72 hours. We want patients up and walking around when they aren’t elevating their legs.
  6. You must have visible bulging veins to have a vein problem. We have all seen people with large varicose veins protruding from their legs. In these patients it’s obvious they have a venous issue. More than anything, in our office, we focus on symptoms. Patients can have ache, swelling, itching, burning, cramping, restlessness and skin changes without any visible varicose veins. In this case, the varicose veins are deeper within the tissue and not visible from the skin.

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