Don't Be "Vein": Get the Truth About Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins are a common disease that many face. Yet, there are many misconceptions out there about how varicose veins work, treatment, and affects. Here are some common myths that should be discussed.

Myth #1 Varicose vein treatment is strictly cosmetic.

Many believe that varicose veins are something that doesn't necessarily need treatment. Yet, this idea can actually be dangerous to a patient. Varicose veins are a sign of deeper circulation and vascular problems, so they should be treated before symptoms and pain begin. When veins go untreated, it can lead to insufficient blood flow to the heart and back as well as death to the nerves in your legs.

Myth #2 A repaired varicose vein will eventually return.

The only reason of recurrence would be from improper care. In the past, varicose veins did have a high recurrence rate, but modern treatment has become more efficient. The recurrence rate now for varicose veins is extremely low.

Myth #3 You should wait until you're past child bearing age to repair varicose veins.

Since recurrence of varicose veins has been a common fear in the past, many believe that treatment should be done after child-bearing age. However, now varicose vein treatment is much safer and successful.

The more modern idea is that women should be referred by their obstetrician-gynecologist for varicose vein evaluations before they get pregnant. This could prevent feeling large discomfort in your legs during and after pregnancy.

Myth #4 Varicose vein treatment isn't covered by insurance.


Since vein treatment is often times seen as simply cosmetic, it is a common belief that insurance doesn't cover the cost. However, varicose veins are not a cosmetic issue (although spider veins may be less likely to be covered by insurance) and are usually covered by medical insurance. Insurance coverage is based on how early it is treated and how severe the case.

Myth #5 Vein stripping is the best form of treatment for varicose veins.

Vein stripping is actually becoming an outdated method of treatment. This procedure takes a few hours, requires anesthesia, and is actually not even 50% effective. More modern methods such as laser therapy are now considered the most acceptable and successful form of treatment, and are outpatient procedures.

Myth #6 Varicose veins happen only in older patients.

Age is always a factor in your health. Varicose veins, however, do not just occur in the elderly. The biggest reason for the disease is heredity, so even young adults can be subject to developing varicose veins. The best way to view varicose veins is to look for symptoms, not your age.

Varicose doesn't have to ruin your life. Early detection, treatment, and education can be the key to moving past varicose veins and living a more active and pain free life.


6 October 2014