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Varicose veins - what to ask your doctor

What to ask your doctor about varicose veins; Venous insufficiency - what to ask your doctor; Vein stripping - what to ask your doctor

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen, twisted, or painful veins that are filled with blood. They most often occur in the legs.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your varicose veins.

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Questions

What are varicose veins?

Do I need to treat my varicose veins? If I do not treat them, how quickly will they get worse? Are there serious complications or problems if I do not treat them?

Are there medicines that can treat my varicose veins?

What are compression (or pressure) stockings?

Which procedures for varicose veins do you perform?

Questions to ask about different procedures for varicose veins are:

Related Information

Varicose veins
Varicose vein stripping
Varicose vein - noninvasive treatment
Varicose veins - what to ask your doctor

References

Goldman MP, Weiss RA. Phlebology and treatment of leg veins. In: Bolognia JL, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L, eds. Dermatology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 155.

Iafrati MD, O'Donnell TF. Varicose veins: surgical treatment. In: Sidawy AN, Perler BA, eds. Rutherford's Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 154.

Sadek M, Kabnick LS. Varicose veins: endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy. In: Sidawy AN, Perler BA, eds. Rutherford's Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 155.

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