Have you ever talked to a friend or looked online for treatments for your varicose or spider veins? Were you left with more questions than answers? Do you want to get treatment but the concept of removing veins concerns you? Don’t worry, you are not alone. One of the most frequent question topics we receive from patients here at McQuaid Vein Specialists is whether or not the veins being treated are safe to remove. Patients worry that the removal of their varicose or spider veins will be detrimental to their health or that they will cause issues later in life. Thankfully, this is not the case.
Don’t I need this vein right now?
No, Dr. McQuaid explains “It would be nice if your veins were working for you, then you could keep them. Since they are not, they are detrimental to your circulation and therefore eliminating them improves circulation.” Inefficient veins act like a reservoir, holding blood rather than promoting normal circulation. Since these veins are not able to properly perform their duty of blood circulation they are not needed. In fact, they actually pose a hazard.
Veins are vital for circulation. How can treating veins help circulation?
Treating veins that do not function properly, such as varicose or spider veins, can improve your circulatory system. When damaged veins allow blood flow in the wrong direction, nearby veins have to work harder to keep blood moving efficiently back to the heart. Once damaged veins are treated, the surrounding normal functioning veins have a decreased workload. It is “addition by subtraction”. Even though there are fewer of them, the remaining veins are able to better perform their primary function.
Will I need these veins for bypass surgery in the future?
No, your varicose saphenous vein cannot be used for for bypass. Since varicose veins become thin and dilated, they are no longer ideal for use in a bypass surgery.
Are there any other benefits to having the veins treated?
Yes, there are many other benefits to having your varicose or spider veins treated. By eliminating improper functioning veins, the pressure on your venous system decreases back to a more normal level. Treatment also relieves the symptoms related to varicose and spider veins such as:
- Itchy legs
- Rashes, discoloration, and scarring
- Swollen ankles
- Tired or heavy legs
- Throbbing or cramping in legs
Want to Learn More?
Want to learn more about how you can have better vascular health? Schedule an appointment today. Call 972.665.6228 (97.BEST.LEGS) or if you prefer, fill out our Online Appointment Request Form to Schedule your Consultation.