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A Monmouth Vein Specialist Explains Why Varicose Veins Sometimes "Come Back"

A Monmouth Vein Specialist Explains Why Varicose Veins Sometimes “Come Back”

March 11, 2017

If you have varicose veins and are searching for the best vein disease treatment in Monmouth County, you’ve probably noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between fact and urban myth. You might hear, for example, that varicose veins are “only a women’s disease,” or that they “only affect older people.” Both of these statements are myth, and incorrect.

Similarly, when doctors tell you that your varicose veins can be permanently removed, you might hear similar urban myths that the treatments aren’t really permanent, and that varicose veins sometimes “come back.” This statement is, interestingly, primarily false, but in a small percentage of cases, a “little bit true.” Sometimes, varicose veins DO reappear after treatment, and sometimes NEW varicose veins appear. In this article, we’ll explain how each of these situations can occur, and how we as Jersey Shore vein removal experts work to prevent it.

Varicose veins can seem to “come back” because not all of them were treated

Sadly, many vein clinics still use outmoded types of ultrasound, and their diagnostic procedures consist of a fast superficial scan. This is unfortunate, because the underlying cause of varicose veins is not always in the veins you see on the surface of the skin. Often this primary vein has become diseased because it is being fed by many smaller hidden veins that have also become diseased. This is why at our Monmouth County vein clinic we rely on only the most advanced forms of diagnostic technology, so the doctor can see blood flowing through the veins in real time. We use only these advanced methods because we know they give us the information we need to prescribe the most effective treatment. By treating ALL of the diseased veins, we lessen the chances that they might “come back.”

Some patients think their varicose veins “came back” when in fact NEW veins become varicose after treatment

In many cases, varicose veins that seem to “reappear” after treatment aren’t the same veins that were previously treated. They’re NEW, a result of “de novo” vein disease progression. To understand this, imagine that we examined 100 people and found no traces of varicose veins. If we examined those same 100 people a few years later, statistics tell us that 3-5% of them will have developed varicose veins. So even after 100% successful vein treatment, this 3-5% “de novo” rate of vein disease progression can still happen, so some people will develop new varicose veins, even after the old ones were removed. Fortunately, there are things your Monmouth vein specialist can do to reduce the chances of this happening, including recommending lifestyle changes such as weight loss, smoking cessation, more exercise, and other preventative behaviors.

The bottom line is that choosing the right vein doctor in the first place reduces the chance of either recurrent varicose veins or the development of new ones. So give us a call at 732-403-3899, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions, and assure you that in most cases, removal of your varicose veins will be permanent, and one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

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