You have questions about varicose veins but not all the information available on the Internet is helpful or valid. Have you heard some of these “facts” about varicose veins?
Varicose Veins are the same as spider veins.
Myth: Spider veins are a cosmetic condition; they are smaller and less invasive. Varicose veins, which often bulge above the surface, are classified as a disease.
If you eat right and exercise, you will never get varicose veins.
Myth: Varicose veins are most often inherited. Although weight, diet, age and stress on different parts of the body can also cause varicose veins, family history is the most accurate predictor.
Only women get varicose veins.
Myth: Men suffer from varicose veins, too. About 15 percent of all men have varicose veins, along with all the same symptoms that require treatment.
Treating my varicose veins will be painful.
Myth: Modern treatments are done in an office setting and require only local anesthesia to address temporary discomfort.
Only old people get varicose veins.
Myth: Heredity is the main predictor for varicose veins, and although the stresses you put on your body as you age can also contribute to the severity of the disease, varicose veins can appear starting in your 20s.
Bulging or broken veins are the only symptoms.
Myth: Not every symptom can be seen. Indications also include aching, cramping and fatigue in your legs.
Varicose veins will come back after treatment.
Myth: With modern procedures, which result in the collapse of the diseased vein, symptoms rarely recur.
Truth: You can have all your questions answered by our doctors. There is no reason to keep worrying about how your legs look or to avoid getting answers to your questions.