You had successful treatment of your varicose veins several years ago – and now you see signs of more diseased veins. Why did your Varicose Veins return? Did your doctor do something wrong, or are you just unlucky?
The answer: Neither.
When your varicose veins are treated with modern vein treatment procedures, there is little to no chance those veins will return because they have been shut down, with the collapsed veins absorbed into your body.
Before that treatment, your doctor examined your legs by ultrasound. This vein inspection revealed all the veins that are visibly varicose as well as those that are deeper in your leg that might create problems in the future. If the treatment was thorough, all these veins were removed, possibly over several visits to the office.
Successfully removing your old varicose veins, however, doesn’t guarantee new veins won’t develop the disease in the future.
Why Varicose Veins Return
Usually, if you see a recurrence of varicose vein symptoms – discolored veins that might also bulge, aching or tired legs, or restless leg syndrome – it is because additional veins have developed weaknesses.
It usually takes several years for new varicose veins to show themselves. If you get varicose veins during pregnancy, though, they could develop every time you get pregnant. If your family is genetically disposed to varicose veins, you should also be on the lookout.
Of course, maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting are good ways to prevent varicose veins from returning. These activities will work for everyone to prevent or slow down the appearance of varicose veins, whether you have experienced them in the past or not.
Answer all your questions about varicose veins with a free consultation at the Vein Institute of Connecticut.