Varicose veins are abnormally swollen, twisted, or painful veins that have 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.
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:
What to ask your doctor about varicose veins; Venous insufficiency - what to ask your doctor; Vein stripping - what to ask your doctor
Goldman MP, Weiss RA. Phleblogy and treatment of leg veins. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, et al, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 155.
Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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