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Will removing varicose veins damage my circulation?

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Will removing varicose veins damage my circulation? The answer is maybe but probably not. It is very important to differentiate between the two venous systems; the deep venous system and the superficial venous system. The deep venous systems are the veins that travel in the muscle deep inside the leg. They are the main route courses of the leg. They carry the majority of the blood from the tip of your toes back up to your heart. If the system is blocked from the blood clot, then the blood cannot get out of the leg as easy as it should. Then your body's natural response is to develop these natural bypasses that are collateral veins. These veins may be seen on the skin surface and they may look like varicose veins. If you look at these veins under ultrasound, you will see that the blood is actually following in the proper direction from the tip of the toes back up to the heart, even though they look like varicose veins. If you remove these veins thinking that they are varicose veins, you may actually make the patient's symptoms worse. The superficial venous system contains the veins that lie outside the muscle and under the skin surface. They are all the veins that you can see but there are the veins that you cannot see as well that are outside the muscle. There are two main superficial veins in each leg; the great saphenous vein and the small saphenous vein. The great saphenous vein is the one that surgeons typically harvest to use in your heart as a bypass. If that vein is abnormal and dilated, we can remove it without having any major swelling. Usually, those are the veins that cause the varicose veins that you see on the skin surface. So, by removing these veins and treating the surface varicose veins, you can improve the overall venous circulation.

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