When is surgery needed? My doctor said venus reflux is a progressive disease—stage one through six. I am at stage three, almost four.

My procedure is scheduled for two weeks. Will I damage or complicate things having this done now. Is this too early?

Answers from doctors (5)


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Aug 23, 2017

If you have symptoms (heaviness, aching, pain, varicose vens, skin changes, cramping etc) then it is better to treat at this stage. Insurance would consider this medically necessary. Most insurance plans have a conservative therapy pre-requited (6 weeks to 6 months variable) - compression hose (20-30 mmHg or above), exercise, elevating the legs, taking OTC anti-inlammatory meds such as ibuprofen. If you wanted to try these first it will give you some idea of how much better you feel after treatment.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

If you have symptoms (heaviness, aching, pain, varicose vens, skin changes, cramping etc) then it is better to treat at this stage. Insurance would consider this medically necessary. Most insurance plans have a conservative therapy pre-requited (6 weeks to 6 months variable) - compression hose (20-30 mmHg or above), exercise, elevating the legs, taking OTC anti-inlammatory meds such as ibuprofen. If you wanted to try these first it will give you some idea of how much better you feel after treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Aug 21, 2017

No it is not too soon. In some ways this is the best time to have the treatment before the chronic skin changes occur. Good luck with your treatment.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

No it is not too soon. In some ways this is the best time to have the treatment before the chronic skin changes occur. Good luck with your treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


VEININNOVATIONS

Published on Aug 21, 2017

It is not too early for treatment of venous disease. If you are having symptoms or developing bulging varicose veins or leg swelling, it is in your best interest to treat it earlier rather than later.

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Answered by VEININNOVATIONS

It is not too early for treatment of venous disease. If you are having symptoms or developing bulging varicose veins or leg swelling, it is in your best interest to treat it earlier rather than later.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


You are apparently not having complications of your refluxing veins and are seeking relief of symptoms. The problem will not likely become less complex and you have more than enough veins to carry blood back to the heart. The choice to pursue surgery is to achieve an outcome that impacts your life. For some it is cosmetic, others it is related to advanced stages, and majority have surgery for symptoms that affect their activities of daily living. You are not required to have surgery, yet it should be safer today than ever and may make a dramatic impact in reducing swelling and symptoms of your problem. If you are in any way questioning your diagnosis, it never hurts to get a second opinion.

Answered by Lafayette Regional Vein & Laser Center (View Profile)

You are apparently not having complications of your refluxing veins and are seeking relief of symptoms. The problem will not likely become less complex and you have more than enough veins to carry blood back to the heart. The choice to pursue surgery is to achieve an outcome that impacts your life. For some it is cosmetic, others it is related to advanced stages, and majority have surgery for symptoms that affect their activities of daily living. You are not required to have surgery, yet it should be safer today than ever and may make a dramatic impact in reducing swelling and symptoms of your problem. If you are in any way questioning your diagnosis, it never hurts to get a second opinion.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Aug 21, 2017

Stage 3 implies swelling of the legs and stage 2 is varicose veins. If you have symptomatic varicose veins which are causing swelling then you would be a candidate for a closure procedure. If you have only symptomatic varicose veins then you would be stage 2 and still a candidate for closure. If you only have swelling and no varicose veins then I would recommend support hose.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Stage 3 implies swelling of the legs and stage 2 is varicose veins. If you have symptomatic varicose veins which are causing swelling then you would be a candidate for a closure procedure. If you have only symptomatic varicose veins then you would be stage 2 and still a candidate for closure. If you only have swelling and no varicose veins then I would recommend support hose.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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