Treating Varicose Veins: The Earlier, the Better
It’s a well-known fact that putting off something is rarely the best course of action. With venous insufficiency and varicose veins, it certainly is a bad idea to put off treatment, according to vascular physician in Orlando, John D. Horowitz, MD, FACS, founder of the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. Dr. Horowitz says that many people, including some medical professionals, misunderstand the causes for and ramifications of varicose veins which can lead to a misdiagnosis or even mistreatment.
So, what are varicose veins? The word varicose comes from the Latin varicosus, which essentially means full of dilated veins. Its root, the Latin varix, means twisted or swollen. Since varicose veins are large, twisted veins usually found on the legs, the Latin origins are a good basic explanation in a nutshell.
But while many people may comprehend what a varicose vein is, they may still have misconceptions about the causes and available treatments. And in some cases, patients may make the unfortunate mistake of waiting too long to treat the condition, sometimes so long that they end up with a debilitating disease marked by severe pain, bulging veins, swollen legs, and skin ulcers. In some cases, untreated varicose vein disease can even lead to deep vein thrombosis and other serious circulatory problems.
The good news is that there is a strong correlation between how soon a patient seeks treatment and the likelihood of a better outcome.
Here are just a few of the common misconceptions that hamper proper treatment of patients:
- Varicose veins are a cosmetic concern. False: They’re not merely cosmetic concerns; they can signal very serious vascular disease or other medical conditions.
- Symptoms of varicose veins, such as fatigue, pain, heaviness, and itching are just a part of growing old and nothing to really worry about because you can’t do anything about them. False: Plenty can, and should, be done.
- It’s better to wait until there are numerous varicose veins. It’s a waste of time to seek treatment for just one. False: Your body is not an automobile and shouldn’t be treated like one.
- There’s no point in a woman seeking treatment until she’s out of her childbearing years. False: No treatment is wasted, even if additional varicose veins appear later in life.
- Treatments are major surgeries that come with a substantial amount of pain and have a long recovery period. False: Surgeries today are minimally invasive, essentially pain-free, and result in virtually no downtime. With most treatments, people resume their normal daily activities the next day.
If you have varicose veins, the most important action is to seek an evaluation from an experienced vascular physician in Orlando at a dedicated vein facility as soon as possible. Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center is proud to be the Orlando area’s top vein clinic, and we would be honored to speak with you and have you visit our offices for a consultation. Simply give us a call today at 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547.