Myths about varicose veins

Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins
There is no medical or scientific evidence to support this claim.

Get your varicose veins fixed only post pregnancy
Varicose veins often become most apparent during the last trimester and with each successive pregnancy tend to get worse. They can often cause swelling and discomfort during pregnancy. There are some benefits to treating your veins before pregnancy. This can help to reduce complications such as clotting, inflammation and further worsening of venous dysfunction.

Varicose veins are only cosmetic
This is completely untrue. Varicose veins develop because of a physiological defect with the venous valves. This defect results in blood flowing in the wrong direction. See list of complications

Are varicose veins curable?
Not really.Large varicose veins can be eliminated with surgery for a 10 year interval. Injection treatment alone is not normally able to cure large varicose veins. With the advent of ultrasound mapping, surgery is now able to eliminate large varicose veins in 95% of patients for at least 5 - 15 years. Varicose veins do tend to recur with pregnancy, obesity, other illnesses and with time. Recurrences are often manageable by sclerotherapy. New treatment, yet to be proven in the long term, involves glue occlusion of varicose veins . Smaller “spider veins” (venules) and surface varices recur throughout life and are only manageable by repeated treatment with injections. The injections are usually good at clearing veins for a couple of years at a time.

To remove varicose veins requires hospital admission
Thanks to new non-surgical technologies that have revolutionised the treatment of varicose veins, you no longer need to admit to hospital to have your varicose veins treated. Unlike older methods of vein removal, these new treatment options mean you can have your veins treated as an outpatient, with anaesthetic and a shorter recovery period. Hospital treatment however is less expensive if insured and more comfortable with secretion or anesthesia.