If you have varicose veins, you’ve probably thought about having them removed. Unfortunately, some people are scared of seeking treatment due to myths surrounding varicose veins, such as the false claim that intensive and painful surgery is needed to fix them. Don’t let misinformation deter you from treatment. Find out the facts here.
Do You Believe These Myths About Varicose Veins?
1. Crossing Your Legs Is to Blame
Varicose veins are caused by a problem with a vein’s valves, which are responsible for facilitating the flow of blood back to the heart. When a valve fails, venous blood flow reverses and blood pools in the veins, enlarging them. Claims that crossing your legs or running are factors are false.
2. Only Elderly People Get Them
While aging is a risk factor, varicose veins are not found exclusively among elderly individuals. Genetics play a big role, so if you have a family history of the condition, you may get them quite young. Other risk factors include obesity and pregnancy.
3. Invasive Surgery Is Your Only Treatment Option
In the past, the treatment of choice was “vein stripping” — a surgical procedure requiring large incisions made along the entire length of the vein. Modern technologies are far less invasive. Endothermal ablation, for instance, uses a thin needle to deliver heat to the vein, requiring no incision.
4. Varicose Veins Are Purely an Aesthetic Issue
Varicose veins are linked to an array of uncomfortable symptoms, including swelling and leg pain. Untreated, they pose a threat if the pooled blood clots — a risk factor for stroke. In some cases, they may indicate a more serious ailment like chronic venous disease.
5. Insurance Won’t Cover Treatment
Since varicose veins are not just a superficial issue, insurance may cover their treatment. The cost of their removal will be far less than the cost of hospitalization and rehabilitation following a stroke, so don’t let financial concerns delay treatment.
Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan offers cutting-edge solutions throughout New York. Dr. Ronald Lev, MD, is certified by The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine — and he personally sees each patient. He and his team are dedicated to providing cutting-edge care that leaves patients feeling more confident in their appearance and health. Find out more about his vein care treatments online. To request a consultation, call their toll-free number at 888.356.VEIN (8346).