You might be unhappy that you have varicose veins, but you can take comfort in the fact that treatment is safe and effective. Here’s more good news: once removed, those varicose veins won’t return.
That’s because treatment doesn’t mask the disease or make the vein work better for a time. Instead, the vein is most often treated so that it is absorbed into your body while other veins take over the job of transporting blood back to your heart. Every vein has a one-way valve that keeps blood moving toward your heart. Varicose veins occur if the valves break down and leak, allowing blood to stay in the vein.
When you decide to treat your varicose veins, your doctor will identify and treat all of them. As a result, you will be free of varicose veins for many years. If you are prone to leaky valves, however, other veins could develop problems in the future, usually years after your treatments.
With ultrasound, your doctor can monitor the health of the valves in your veins during regular visits and take action if they begin to leak too much. If that happens, you will be able to have those veins treated, too.