Large, bulging varicose veins in your legs can cause many different types of symptoms. Some are more dangerous than others. This is especially true if you develop varicose veins blood clots.
Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone. They’re typically caused by weakened or damaged veins. You may inherit a tendency to develop varicose veins from a parent. Women, women who have had multiple children, and obese persons are at a higher risk.
Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, but may also be painful or cause skin discoloration. And severe varicose veins can cause blood clots.
So, let’s take a look at how dangerous varicose veins blood clots are and what are the best treatment options available for varicose veins.
Varicose veins can bulge or become twisted, and when they do, the blood flowing through them can slow down or become stagnant. This can lead to a few, potentially dangerous problems: superficial blood clots, also known as superficial thrombophlebitis, phlebitis, or superficial venous thrombosis.
The superficial clots that occur with varicose veins can cause leg swelling, redness, pain and tenderness in the affected limb or around the affected vein. But the superficial clots associated with varicose veins do not usually travel to the lungs.
However, with severe varicose veins, there can be a risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots that form in the deep veins of your legs. In fact, one large study found that varicose vein patients have about a 5 times greater risk of developing deep vein thrombosis than people who don’t have varicose veins. It’s one of several studies demonstrating an association between varicose veins and blood clots.
If your veins are twisted and are not straight, your doctor may recommend sclerotherapy. It’s one of the best treatments for varicose veins.
With the help of ultrasound, your vascular surgeon will use a small needle to inject sclerosant into your varicose veins. Sclerosant is a chemical that causes the vein to spasm and clot. This type of clot is not dangerous and is broken down by your body's natural processes and the varicose vein disappears. For larger veins, a foam sclerosant may be used.
Laser therapy is a good option if you have a fear of needles. Your physician inserts a thin laser fiber into your vein through a sheath. A laser light is emitted through the fiber, which closes your bad vein and reroutes blood to other healthy veins. It’s painless and requires only local anesthesia. You should be back to your usual activities in one to two days.
This minimally invasive procedure uses local anesthesia and very small incisions to remove large, bulging varicose veins.
You can get your varicose veins treated fast and efficiently at Ohio Medical Group. Almost all of the treatments are conducted under local anesthesia and provide excellent results without pain and a lengthy recovery.
If you’re still unsure and need a little more information, our infographic on the causes, stages and treatments of varicose veins can help. It’ll provide you the knowledge you can use to make an informed decision about your varicose veins. Start eliminating them today.