Why Treat Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused due to weak or damaged valves in the veins. They appear twisted, bulged and blue, red or flesh coloured. They are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin and are mostly found on the thighs, back of the calves and inside of the leg.

Why should varicose veins be treated?

  • To prevent complications
    Varicose veins result from defective valves in the superficial venous system which cause blood to pool in the leg as it is not effectively returned to the heart. If this is left untreated it can lead to superficial venous thrombosis, skin discoloration, ulceration and fibrosis (formation of excess connective tissue). Varicose veins serve no useful purpose and treating them improves the efficiency of the circulatory system.
  • To relieve symptoms
    Though some may consider varicose veins as a mere cosmetic condition, symptoms such as itching, restless legs, aching, cramps, heaviness and tired legs are often encountered.

    Once the underlying venous reflux is corrected, symptoms often resolve and patients may pleasantly rediscover what “normal” legs feel like.

  • Improved quality of life
    Varicose veins may cause embarrassment to you and your family. This leads to covering up and reduced participation in physical activities and sports activities such as swimming, tennis, golf, and others. A minimally invasive cosmetic improvement can be obtained at “The Vein Clinic”. Cosmetic improvement helps you gain the confidence again to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
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