Doppler shows my thigh veins are 10mms. Should I have surgery now or wait a few months?

I don’t have any symptoms except swollen ankles and slight varicose veins in lower legs.

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Published on Jan 22, 2018

There are different alternatives for vein treatment that are considered non-invasive procedures so you don't have to undergo surgery per se. If your superficial veins are confirmed with ultrasound that they are dilated and presenting venous reflux as well symptoms such as swelling are also present. Then there are non invasive venous treatments for reflux including Venaseal closure system, thermal energy like endovenous laser and endovenous radiofrequency. Another treatment option is advanced sclerotherapy. My recommendation is that first you see a board certified vein specialist who helps you understand the disease process and possible complications. The specialist can help you decide what treatment or combination of treatments are best for your case.

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There are different alternatives for vein treatment that are considered non-invasive procedures so you don't have to undergo surgery per se. If your superficial veins are confirmed with ultrasound that they are dilated and presenting venous reflux as well symptoms such as swelling are also present. Then there are non invasive venous treatments for reflux including Venaseal closure system, thermal energy like endovenous laser and endovenous radiofrequency. Another treatment option is advanced sclerotherapy. My recommendation is that first you see a board certified vein specialist who helps you understand the disease process and possible complications. The specialist can help you decide what treatment or combination of treatments are best for your case.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


With the veins this large, there is not much chance for spontaneous resolution of symptoms. No need to delay, but not urgent either.

Answered by Estea Laser & Cosmetic Center - Long Beach (View Profile)

With the veins this large, there is not much chance for spontaneous resolution of symptoms. No need to delay, but not urgent either.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jan 18, 2018

Varicose veins and swelling are symptoms of CVI (Chronic venous insuffciency). If allowed to progress it can cause increasing problems such as skin changes, ulcers, clotting, more and painful varicose veins. I do recommend you wear a 20-30 mmHg pressure thigh hose (for the GSV) and knee length for SSV. If you do this regularly it will help control your swelling and progression for now. Exercise, hydration, elevating your legs, taking an NSAID to reduce any inflammation in the veins (Aspirin 81 mg is enough usually). However, if you have already done these things, I would recommend you seek a surgeon, vascular trained, to assess if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Varicose veins and swelling are symptoms of CVI (Chronic venous insuffciency). If allowed to progress it can cause increasing problems such as skin changes, ulcers, clotting, more and painful varicose veins. I do recommend you wear a 20-30 mmHg pressure thigh hose (for the GSV) and knee length for SSV. If you do this regularly it will help control your swelling and progression for now. Exercise, hydration, elevating your legs, taking an NSAID to reduce any inflammation in the veins (Aspirin 81 mg is enough usually). However, if you have already done these things, I would recommend you seek a surgeon, vascular trained, to assess if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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