What's the worse that could happen if I don't treat my varicose veins?

I have varicose veins, but I'm afraid to get them treated. What's the worse that could happen if I don't have them treated?

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Advanced Vein Center

Published on Dec 30, 2015

Varicose veins untreated may rupture and bleed, lead to skin ulceration or skin discoloration, and can clot (superficial phlebitis).

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Varicose veins untreated may rupture and bleed, lead to skin ulceration or skin discoloration, and can clot (superficial phlebitis).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Institute of Connecticut

Published on Dec 28, 2015

Venous insufficiency, which is the underlying cause and mechanism for varicose vein development, is a chronic condition. The treatments we have available help slow the progression of the condition, should give you symptomatic relief, and will help rid you of your preexisting varicose veins. Treatments are also quite safe and can be done in your doctor's office. As the untreated condition progresses, aside from increasing leg fatigue, pain and swelling, advanced symptoms will include changes in skin coloration and texture, development of blood clots, spontaneous bleeding, and venous stasis ulcers--all of which are very challenging to treat. The progression rate and severity of the disease will vary based on multiple factors, including genetics and lifestyle.

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Answered by Vein Institute of Connecticut

Venous insufficiency, which is the underlying cause and mechanism for varicose vein development, is a chronic condition. The treatments we have available help slow the progression of the condition, should give you symptomatic relief, and will help rid you of your preexisting varicose veins. Treatments are also quite safe and can be done in your doctor's office. As the untreated condition progresses, aside from increasing leg fatigue, pain and swelling, advanced symptoms will include changes in skin coloration and texture, development of blood clots, spontaneous bleeding, and venous stasis ulcers--all of which are very challenging to treat. The progression rate and severity of the disease will vary based on multiple factors, including genetics and lifestyle.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Dec 23, 2015

If you have symptoms such as aching, heaviness, cramping, etc., I recommend an evaluation by a board-certified surgeon, including ultrasound. Left untreated they may get worse, cause skin changes or ulcers, and increase chance of superficial blood clots.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

If you have symptoms such as aching, heaviness, cramping, etc., I recommend an evaluation by a board-certified surgeon, including ultrasound. Left untreated they may get worse, cause skin changes or ulcers, and increase chance of superficial blood clots.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Varicose veins are abnormal bulging veins. Some patients have leg pain, tenderness, swelling, and clots. I recommend treatment when patients are symptomatic. All patients benefit from wearing compression stockings.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Varicose veins are abnormal bulging veins. Some patients have leg pain, tenderness, swelling, and clots. I recommend treatment when patients are symptomatic. All patients benefit from wearing compression stockings.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Dec 23, 2015

You can develop venous ulcers in the long run, which are sores on the side of your ankle. But getting rid of varicose veins is easy and safe.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

You can develop venous ulcers in the long run, which are sores on the side of your ankle. But getting rid of varicose veins is easy and safe.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


General Vascular Surgery Group

Published on Dec 23, 2015

They could enlarge over time. Also, there is a small risk of phlebitis. If with chronic swelling, you could develop venous stasis changes.

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

They could enlarge over time. Also, there is a small risk of phlebitis. If with chronic swelling, you could develop venous stasis changes.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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