Frequently Asked Questions
There are several reasons why a vein valve can malfunction. The most common reason is genetics. If vein problems run in a person’s family, he or she is at a higher risk of developing a venous disease. Age, gender, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, and injury can also cause malfunctions in the vein valves.
No. There is a different between these two types of veins, even though they are both caused by malfunctioning veins. Varicose veins are large and bulge, while spider veins are small, thin, and flat. Varicose veins cause pain and can lead to more serious conditions; for the most part, spider veins are not harmful to a person and are usually just a cosmetic issue.
No. This is a common myth, but it is not true. However, prolonged sitting and prolonged standing can contribute to the development of malfunctioning veins.
This question doesn’t have a simple “Yes” or “No” answer. When caused by genetics, varicose veins and spider veins cannot be prevented. Otherwise, there are plenty of things you can to do help prevent the development of them including: maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking, avoiding prolonged sitting and standing, exercising, and having occasional leg exams.
Yes. If left untreated, varicose veins symptoms (pain, swelling) will continue and worsen. A person may begin to develop more serious conditions include: spontaneous bleeding, lipodermosclerosis (skin becomes hard and “woody”), venous leg ulcers (open sores), superficial thrombophlebitis (inflammation due to decrease in blood flow) and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots).
No. But thankfully, there are several different vein treatments that can eliminate symptoms and decrease the appearance of the veins. Some treatments are surgical, while others are more minimally-invasive.
Each patient’s condition and medical history are different, so the doctor will decide what treatment plan is best for you. An ultrasound examination will help the doctor determine the treatment. Some patients may only need compression stockings, while others will need surgery to relieve symptoms.
No. These types of veins can be treated, but there is no cure. Even with treatment, new malfunctioning veins can emerge, whether it was caused by genetics, age, weight, or trauma.