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While they aren’t particularly aesthetically pleasing, varicose veins and spider veins generally don’t pose much of a health risk. If it’s simply a case of aesthetics, moving forward with treatment of varicose veins is entirely at your own discretion. However, there are scenarios in which vein surgery becomes necessary. While it isn’t the norm, varicose and spider veins can be precursors to skin ulcers, pain and swelling, and possibly deep vein thrombosis. There is a chance of deep vein thrombosis being fatal, particularly when the blood clot, which is what varicose and spider veins are, makes its way to the lungs. In the event that any of these symptoms appear, vein surgery can be one of the few effective solutions available.

It’s vital for people to understand exactly what varicose veins are and how they develop. By understanding how they’re formed individuals can take pre-emptive preventative measures. Veins are responsible for carrying blood to the heart and do so through a series of valves. The valves ascertain that blood continues to move forward, preventing any backflow. However, these valves do have the possibility of malfunctioning and weakening, thereby allowing blood backflow. This backflow causes blood to pool within the vein, thereby causing swollen, red veins to appear on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are also generally caused through this process, but may also be caused by excessive sun exposure, injury, or hormonal changes.

Surgical options for varicose and spider veins generally result in either tying off the offending vein, known as ligation, or completely removing it, known as stripping. While there are less invasive options available, such as endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy, vein surgery options tend to be more permanent and effective solutions. In fact, a study published by the Archives of Dermatology found that approximately 18% of individuals that undergo endovenous laser treatment experience a reoccurrence of varicose veins. Conversely, vein surgery patients, in particular those who undergo vein stripping, only experience a 1% reoccurrence rate.

In order to avoid necessitating vein surgery, there are a number of commonplace practices that can help deter the development of varicose veins. These at-home preventative practices include the use of compression stockings, reducing your weight to alleviate pressure on the legs, avoiding prolonged periods of standing, and promoting circulation through regular exercise. Despite your best efforts, age and a genetic predilection can result in weaker than average valves, thereby leading to varicose and spider veins. If you find yourself seeking treatment for your enlarged veins, seek out a vein care specialist to see if vein surgery is the right option for you.

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