Several myths exist surrounding varicose veins. These veins are a common vein disease that affects about 35 percent of folks in the US. Below are a few of the myths about these annoying veins.
Myth 1. Outside of being ugly, varicose veins won’t hurt you.
Many varicose veins are treated as a cosmetic issue. These unsightly veins can also cause:
- Thickened skin.
Varicose veins also cause open sores in individuals with severe varicose veins in 10 percent of people with vein problems. The sometimes painful veins usually occur in folks who sit or stand for a long time each day.
- All varicose veins are visible.
This statement is a myth. The visible varicose veins remain easier for you to find as compared with the invisible damaged veins. But you may still have a varicose vein problem if your legs itch, the skin gets dark, ache, or swell. These invisible varicose veins are situated in an area that is too deep to be visible.
Myth 3: The primary cause of varicose veins is crossing your legs.
Varicose veins are caused by a variety of health issues. They may occur due to several reasons, such as:
- Pregnancy or multiple pregnancies.
- Age. Older females tend to get varicose veins, but younger people and males can also get them, too.
- Weight gain and obesity. The more overweight a person is, the more stress they put on their veins, especially in their legs.
- Heredity. You may inherit your tendency for varicose veins from your parents.
Myth 4: Varicose veins and spider veins are the same things.
Spider veins aren’t just little varicose veins. These remain two separate diagnoses altogether. Spider veins usually occur as dilated veins on the skin’s surface that are purely cosmetic in nature. Varicose veins can be found between the skin and the muscle. While varicose veins may cause spider veins, spider veins aren’t caused by varicose veins.
Myth 5: Varicose veins become worse with exercise.
Exercise doesn’t make vascular problems worse and helps vein problems in the long run. Exercise encourages the blood flow through your body, especially if you have a condition called deep venous insufficiency. Deep venous insufficiency has similar symptoms as varicose veins such as aching, swelling and changes in the skin. Many people with varicose veins discover that their symptoms improve if they do exercises that work their calf muscles and to keep their leg’s blood flowing.
Myth 6: It’s hard to recover from vein surgery.
In general, it can take from two to four weeks to completely recover from a vein stripping or other venous procedure. This time varies due to the number of veins stripped and where they were located on the body. You are given pain medications for discomfort and will be asked to stay off your feet for a few days after the surgery. After about four days you may get to take your bandages off. It remains important to keep your legs elevated after your surgery while you’re sitting. Please follow the specific instructions your vein doctor provides for you to give you the best results.
Dr. Jordan Garrison at Metro Vein Center in Hackensack, NJ has the training and 25 years of experience as a vein doctor in helping people with vein damage and diseases. Dr. Garrison remains a board certified General, Vascular, and Bariatric Surgeon. He realizes that his potential patients may be anxious about any surgical procedures, and takes the time to be caring and thorough during consultations.