In our long experience as some of the best New Jersey vein specialists, we have found that most patients who ask the question “Will my varicose veins get bigger if I don’t have them treated” already know the answer. When we ask them what has prompted them to ask, 9 times out of 10 they say, “Well, they seem to have gotten bigger just in the few months I’ve been living with them.”
So the answer – in most cases – is “Yes, they’ll get bigger.” The vein disease that is causing blood to flow “backwards” and causing your veins to expand is not going to just go away without treatment. Venous reflux will cause blood to continue pooling in these veins and continue to make them bigger.
At the same time, complications caused by the vein disease that created the varicose veins in the first place are also going to keep getting worse, so if we are being completely honest with patients who ask us this question, the real answer should be, “Yes, they’ll get bigger, but in a way that’s the good news. The bad news is that other associated symptoms are going to get worse…much worse.”
The size of your varicose veins may be the least of your worries
Don’t get us wrong…as New Jersey vein specialists who regularly meet with patients who are ashamed to wear shorts or short dresses or go to the beach because of how unattractive their varicose veins have made their legs, we know that the appearance of your legs is a major concern. So yes, if the varicose veins get bigger, your legs are going to look even less attractive than they already do.
But as doctors who are also concerned with the overall health of our patients, we know that the unattractiveness of varicose veins is a small part of the dangers they pose. As someone recently quipped in a magazine, “Varicose veins are like icebergs – 90% of the problem is beneath the surface, where you can’t see it.” Left untreated, the vein disease that is causing your varicose veins is not only going to cause the veins themselves to swell, it’s going to cause your legs and ankles to become so swollen it may become too painful for you to walk. Continue to ignore your varicose veins and leave them untreated, and the swollen veins can become infected and covered with open, bleeding sores that refuse to heal with normal treatment and literally leave your legs a bloody mess.
So in a very real sense, it’s not how big your varicose veins are that are the problem, it’s that they’re still there. If you want to avoid the many complications that they cause, you really should seek vein treatment in Hackensack.
Treatment can mean many things, depending on your condition
For many of our patients, conservative treatment using diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and the use of compression stockings can help to manage varicose veins and prevent the development of some of the more severe symptoms talked about above. In other cases, more aggressive treatment is required, to actually close the diseased veins and allow other, healthier veins to take over the all-important task of routing deoxygenated blood back to your heart and lungs.
The most important thing, in our opinion, is to seek the professional opinion of the best New Jersey vein specialists you can find. Have a thorough examination, have them explain all of the possible treatment options to you, and follow the regimen that is best suited for you. The only thing we can tell you for sure without performing such a professional examination is that left untreated, your varicose veins are not only going to get bigger, they’re going to get worse, in terms of adverse symptoms and side effects. To avoid this, give us a call today at 201-299-4479 or go online and set up an appointment. It’s your first step towards better vein health.