If you have varicose veins or have a loved one who is suffering from them, you may be wondering when you ought to treat them. How do you know when it’s time to get treatment, and is there ever a time when you should hold off? In this blog post, we’ve put together a guide with some of our patients’ most common questions related to the timing of your varicose vein treatment. Our goal is that you can choose the course of treatment that benefits your life the most.
Varicose veins that don’t hurt
Should I wait until my varicose veins hurt to get treatment?
No. Some varicose veins don’t hurt. Nevertheless, their existence reflects an underlying presence of venous insufficiency, which means that the valves in your leg veins are working incorrectly. This causes your veins to stretch and bloat, and it prevents the blood in your feet from getting back up to your heart as efficiently as it ought to. Varicose vein treatment can redirect this blood flow deeper in your calves and thighs so that it circulates correctly.
Also, varicose veins that don’t hurt can still interfere with your everyday life just because of their appearance. The frequent comments or stares from other people can cause you a range of mental suffering, from mere annoyance to downright embarrassment. You shouldn’t have to psych yourself up just to go out in public, and if your varicose veins are invading your thoughts every time you put on a pair of shorts, it’s time to get them treated.
Varicose veins while you’re pregnant
Should I wait until I have the baby before I get my varicose veins treated?
No, you don’t have to. Varicose vein treatment is safe to do even while you’re pregnant. Since pregnancy is one of the common triggers that causes a varicose vein to pop out, the most convenient thing to do is to get it taken care of it before the baby is born.
If I’m planning on having more children in the future, should I wait until I’m done with all my pregnancies?
Not necessarily. In our experience, if your veins are prone to venous reflux disease, then the varicose veins you might get in a future pregnancy were probably going to happen anyway (and not a result of treating your current varicose veins too early). In other words, there’s no such thing as treating your varicose veins too early. In fact, our patients are invariably glad they took care of their varicose veins now before they got even more of them.
Varicose veins that you’re treating with compression stockings
If compression stockings are good enough to keep my varicose veins from getting any worse, do I need additional treatment?
Compression stockings are usually the first course of treatment for someone who is experiencing varicose veins. In the early stages, compression stockings can provide just enough structural support to compensate for the venous reflux that caused your vein walls to start to stretch out. Compression stockings can also help to prevent your varicose from getting any worse. So how do you know when it’s time to get additional treatment? Ask yourself the following questions to evaluate whether it’s time for you to ask about upgrading your treatment to sclerotherapy or radiofrequency ablation.
- Do I want to have to wear compression stockings all the time?
- Do I participate in sports (like swimming, dancing, or gymnastics) that require me to wear clothing that reveals my varicose veins?
- Do I experience any sort of mental suffering when people see or ask about my varicose veins?
- Do I work in an active profession that causes me to feel extremely hot when I wear my compression stockings?
- Have my varicose veins become painful or interfered with my everyday life in any way?
If your answers to these questions reveal to you that a more comprehensive varicose vein treatment would benefit you, we’re here to help.
Our Michigan vein clinic is experienced in treating all types of vein disease, and our vein doctors are specialists who will be able to consult with you to recommend the ideal course of treatment. Schedule your free screening today!
Still have questions? Contact our friendly staff and we’ll be happy to provide answers.
2881 Monroe St. Suite 100
Dearborn, MI 48124