Are there any risks to leaving Varicose Veins untreated?

Varicose Vein Surgery . 7 answers . 4 years ago

Will the veins get bigger over time?

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4 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group

Generally there are few risks except progressive enlargement of the veins with associated pain. Occasionally they can develop phlebitis(inflammation and clots) but this is uncommon.

4 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Generally there are few risks except progressive enlargement of the veins with associated pain. Occasionally they can develop phlebitis(inflammation and clots) but this is uncommon.


4 years ago by Center for Venous Disease - Glendale

Yes venous ulcers
Blood clots

4 years ago by Center for Venous Disease - Glendale (View Profile)

Yes venous ulcers
Blood clots


1 year ago by Finesse Surgical Solutions

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.

1 year ago by Finesse Surgical Solutions (View Profile)

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.


4 years ago by Laser Vein Center

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.

4 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

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.


4 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD

Varicose veins can be treated conservatively with venous compression hose. With compression hose you can slow the progression of the varicose veins and their related symptoms.

4 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

Varicose veins can be treated conservatively with venous compression hose. With compression hose you can slow the progression of the varicose veins and their related symptoms.


4 years ago by Miller Vein

The natural history is that of slow progression. So yes, left untreated, varicose veins tend to enlarge. There is a less than 1% risk of developing skin changes which predisposes one to the formation of skin ulcers.

4 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

The natural history is that of slow progression. So yes, left untreated, varicose veins tend to enlarge. There is a less than 1% risk of developing skin changes which predisposes one to the formation of skin ulcers.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

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).

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

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).


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