Varicose veins are genetic, so if you have them now, chances are your mother had them too. And even though your mother may have hated how the protruded veins made her legs look, she probably never had them treated. Old procedures for removing varicose veins were costly and dangerous, so many women of previous generations just learned to live with varicose veins.
Advances in technology have made varicose veins easier than ever to treat, but many myths about varicose vein treatments still linger and encourage women to put off treatment for many years. Here are some common myths you may have heard from your mother about varicose vein treatments and why they are no longer true:
Varicose Vein Surgery Is Painful
Old vein stripping treatments were painful. Many women would have trouble walking properly for weeks after the treatment, would lose their appetites, and would have severe bruising and possibly even scarring after the surgery. Current varicose vein treatments, such as Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Laser Treatment, and Cutaneous Laser Therapy, are non-invasive and generally only require a local anesthetic to perform. Women generally experience little to no discomfort after the procedure, and scarring as a result of the treatment is rare.
The Surgery Is Dangerous
In order to have veins stripped, women had to be put to sleep using a general anesthesia. Though it is generally safe, being put under with a general anesthesia carries a lot of risks. Varicose vein treatment today is performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require general anesthesia. In fact, only a local anesthetic is required to make the treatment pain-free.
The Surgery Doesn’t Work
After going through all of the pain of the vein stripping surgery, many women found that their varicose veins returned, or they had scarring from the surgery that was just as disfiguring as the varicose veins they had removed. Because today’s treatments are non-invasive, scarring rarely occurs. Additionally, today’s treatments are much more effective at reducing the appearance of varicose veins.
You’ll Have to Take Weeks Off of Work
Because vein stripping surgery was so painful and invasive, women who went in for the surgery often had to take weeks off of work before they felt mobile enough to return to work. Today’s treatments, on the other hand, require little to no recovery time—many women go back to work the same day the treatment is performed.
Learn More About New Vein Treatments
Your mother may have had to live with her varicose veins, but you don’t have to worry about the same risks she faced to have them treated. If you’re interested in learning more about the ease of current varicose vein treatments, you should visit a phlebologist—a doctor who specializes in the treatment of vein disease—to learn more about what treatment is right for you. Search for specialists in vein disorder treatment in your area using our doctor finder tool.