Some good advice about vein problems

Question: Why should I get my varicose veins treated?

Answer: This is a question that even your primary care doctor may not be able to answer. Many of our patients tell me that their doctor advises “if they don’t bother you, don’t bother them.” The fact is that even the appearance of your legs is not always a reliable guide to the extent of venous disease.

Swelling (edema) is one sign that has many causes, but if this problem persists after treating other causes, chances are high that the venous or the lymphatic system is not functioning properly. The diagnosis can only be determined by having an ultrasound of the superficial and deep veins of the legs.

Also, the size of your varicose veins is not a reliable indicator of the extent of venous disease. Research has shown that even the common symptoms of leg pain, leg cramps, restless legs, and itching occur years after venous insufficiency is demonstrated on ultrasound testing.

Venous disease is progressive and will never improve without treatment. The slow progress of venous disease and the aging process increases the risk of blood clots and significant skin changes leading to ulceration. The eventual outcome without treatment is stasis ulceration (an open sore on the ankle).

So why get your varicose veins treated? Because you will look and feel better as you reduce chances of future complications.