Your varicose veins may have been troubling you for many years and, once you’ve made the decision to go ahead with treatment, the hope is that they will be permanently removed. However, for some patients, varicose veins can reoccur, and estimates vary as to how many people may be affected.
Causes of recurrent varicose veins
There are several reasons why your varicose veins may come back.
- The wrong veins were treated initially
- The right vein was targeted but the wrong procedure was employed to remove them
- Lifestyle factors can trigger the develop of further varicose veins
- New varicose veins have formed since or other veins that were faulty have worsened and become noticeable over time
1. Treating the wrong vein
Understanding which vein may be faulty – the great saphenous vein (GSV), small saphenous vein (SSV), accessory saphenous vein (AASV), pelvic varicose veins, incompetent perforating veins and other abnormal veins can be responsible for varicose veins – or even a combination of veins that require treatment, is obviously essential
Ultrasound imaging is now much more advanced, and this technology, performed by an experienced vein specialist, will identify which vein require treatment.
2. The wrong varicose vein treatment was used
Veins are connective tissue and the body works to repair any damage normally, so this can be why varicose veins can reoccur even after they are treated.
Choosing an experienced vascular surgeon that can recommend the most appropriate treatment is essential.
3. Lifestyle factors can play a role
Although genetics are identified as the chief factor in developing varicose veins, other lifestyle factors can cause varicose veins to worsen over time. Obesity and pregnancy can both increase your chances of developing varicose veins in the future.
4. New varicose veins form or worsen
Also, many different veins can experience reflux. Unless all problematic veins are treated, new varicose veins may appear in the future. Typically, if patients suffer from varicose veins, there’s usually a genetic cause and so there are often multiple veins that are problematic at the time of treatment and new varicose veins can develop over time. Thorough imaging prior to treatment can identify any other veins that could cause problems in the near future.
However, if you have chronic varicose veins, due to a strong genetic predisposition, ongoing assessment and treatment may be required.