Most common varicose veins are those puffy, twisted, purple-colored veins, on the legs. These occur when the valves inside the veins in our body begin to malfunction. Normally the veins aid in the transportation of blood from all parts of the body back to the heart. But when the valves in them become faulty, then the possibility of venous reflux exists which means blood flows backwards and gets pooled in the leg veins. This leads to swollen and engorged veins in the legs called varicose veins.
Several treatment modalities do exist for varicose veins which can relieve the symptoms and provide relief to the pain. But what is disheartening and also frustrating is the large number of patients for whom the condition reoccurs.
This blog explores the potential causes of recurrence of varicose veins.
A primary concern is the limited and confined treatment the patient would have received during the initial diagnosis of the condition.
- As part of the single treatment one or few damaged veins would have been stripped off or completely removed. But it is possible that some new veins also start experiencing reflux and show symptoms of varicose veins.
An ultrasound scan can essentially detect all possible sources of reflux in the legs. This can help doctors in improved treatment strategies for patients. Even then it is quite possible that completely new varicose veins may appear in future.
- As part of body’s natural healing process after a surgery or injury, new blood vessels develop and these can sometimes lead to disturbing new varicose veins.
- Sometimes treated veins may recanalize which means that the veins that are sealed or closed off after varicose vein treatment opens up and starts the pumping process again. If this happens the effects of the surgery maybe undone and varicose veins may recur.
- Your unique genetic composition determines the strength of the valves and veins. So, if you are genetically predisposed to varicose veins, then the condition is to be regarded as an infant stage of venous insufficiency. Genetics being the toughest risk factor to control, proper diagnosis and treatment at the initial stages can help reduce the risk of recurrence in the future. In many cases it is known to be a ‘chronic’ or gradually progressing medical condition with ‘no permanent cure’.
- Few more serious and complicated vein conditions like Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can trigger new varicose veins.
- Several new risk factors also exist which can trigger the recurrence of varicose veins. These include your recent weight gain, obesity or another pregnancy. A vascular specialist can help you in managing these risk factors and prevent such recurrences to a great extent.
For most patients varicose veins will need long term treatment strategy which involves regular treatment along with the doctor recommended lifestyle changes – whether it is managing your weight or wearing the compression stockings. At Avis vascular center our experts will provide a personalized care based on your medical history and suggest appropriate treatments.