Are there any risks to leaving Varicose Veins untreated?
Will the veins get bigger over time?
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Replied on 3/13/2013
By: Finesse Surgical Solutions | James W Schlotter, M.D., F.A.C.S.
San Marcos, TX
True varicose veins can result in significant medical complications. Bleeding, thrombophlebitis (blood clots), and ulcerations (large sores) may occur if varices are left untreated. These complications are the result of the excess pressure and sluggish flow in the veins.
Replied on 6/3/2012
By: Vanish Vein and Laser Center | Dr. John Landi, FACS, RPVI, RPhS
Medical Director, Diplomate Am. Board of Phlebology
Varicose veins can be left untreated. What happens over time is that more veins will form, your risk of developing superficial thrombophlebitis increases, there is always a potential to bleed from the veins and, ultimately, there is the risk of developing chronic venous insufficiency from persistent venous hypertension, which can lead to ulcer formation. The medical management for varicose veins is to wear support hose (compression stockings).
Replied on 4/13/2010
By: Laser Vein Center | Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
The disease progresses over time. The veins get larger but more importantly the circulation continues to worsen. The first symptoms are swelling, followed by itching, skin inflammation and discoloration and finally ulcerations that are a very difficult problem to deal with. Additionally superficial phlebitis (blood clots in the varicosities) can become a recurring problem. These problems can be forestalled with religious wearing of compression stockings.
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