These are enlarged, twisted veins that are frequently found just under the surface of the skin. They are usually found in the legs.
Veins are blood vessels that carry blood to the heart. In the legs, veins have one-way valves that stop blood from flowing backward and pooling in the legs. Varicose veins develop when the valves in the veins do not work properly.
Varicose veins are more frequently seen in women, especially women who have been pregnant. They are more commonly seen in people:
Most people who have varicose veins notice enlarged, deformed, bluish veins under the skin. Most people with varicose veins have no symptoms or minor symptoms. However, some people experience:
Contact your healthcare provider if you have varicose veins and they are causing you pain or other symptoms.
Conservative therapy is typically recommended first and will relieve symptoms in some people. Conservative therapy includes:
If conservative treatment does not ease your symptoms, there are procedures that may be helpful. However, in some cases, varicose veins may reappear after surgical treatment. Some of the procedures to treat varicose veins include:
In some cases, procedures on varicose and spider veins are done for purely cosmetic reasons and may not be covered by insurance. Please review your coverage documents and/or call the number on the back of your ID card for more information. The estimates shown apply when the service is determined to be a covered service, eligible for in-network reimbursement.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of varicose veins.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects). If surgery is recommended, you should understand why that recommendation was made. Seek a second opinion if necessary.
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