Thinking about whether or not to have surgery can be a daunting decision, no matter the severity of the condition it’s intended to address. If you’ve started exploring your options for treating varicose veins, you may have begun researching whether or not you should have surgery.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. While varicose veins can form anywhere on the body, they mostly appear on the legs. That’s because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.
Varicose veins are usually just a cosmetic concern and don’t actually affect the health of the people who have them. However, they aren’t always innocent. Varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort, and lead to even more serious problems.
Surgery, no matter how small or invasive, should always be a last resort. Every surgical procedure requires recovery time, and must be done in a certified clinical environment. Plus, surgery wait list times have never been longer, and it may take a long time to even receive a surgery for varicose veins.
The Risks Of Varicose Vein Surgery
It should be noted that certain people are a greater risk of complications when undergoing varicose vein surgery. People who have had blood clots in a deep vein (deep vein thrombosis) or blood clots/inflammation in a small vein near the surface of the skin (thrombophlebitis) should proceed with caution, and consult a specialist before deciding to undergo surgery.
Non-Surgical Treatments For Varicose Veins
Luckily, there are conservative treatment plans you can explore before having to resort to surgery. The best ways to treat varicose veins at home are changing your diet, staying active, and wearing compression stockings to help pump blood back up to the heart.