DOCTOR SAYS NOT TREATING VARICOSE VEINS CAUSING PROBLEMS COMPLICATIONS BEYOND COSMETIC APPEARANCE WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY LASER AND RADIOWAVE TREATMENTNot having varicose vein surgery might harm your health resulting in complications such as leg ulcers. You might think that varicose vein surgery is cosmetic surgery. That people have varicose vein and spider vein medical procedures for their appearance. That's probably true in many cases but it turns out that symptoms like leg pain can worsen if the veins are not treated. A surgeon in Britain says that the British National Health Service practice of rationing and frequent denial of varicose vein surgery is leading to serious problems for patients. Veins have one-way valves composed of two leaflets that close together when filled with blood.
Varicosities frequently occur on the leg. The closed valve prevents blood from flowing back into the leg. If these valves become damaged and fail to function properly (become incompetent) blood can become static in the leg. If the valve is not closing properly blood falls back down and causes pressure sideways. Resulting in varicose veins. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they are smaller. They are often red or blue and are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like tree branches or spider webs with their short jagged lines. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins. Other methods use everything from lasers to radio waves. I have written and posted videos here in Purple Medical Blog about the various methods of correcting spider veins and varicose veins. "John Scurr, a former NHS surgeon who now practices privately, said most NHS patients were denied surgery. This caused numbers of complications such as ulcers to increase. The problem was that varicose veins were seen as a "cosmetic problem". Like many areas of medicine doctors differ in their opinions. Some other physicians said Dr. Scurr was perhaps over emphasizing the severity of the problem. The secretary of the (British) Vascular Society, Dr. Jonathan Earnshaw, himself a consultant vascular surgeon, said that the rules for treatment did vary from area to area, and that treatment for "uncomplicated" varicose veins had been restricted in many areas. "For the majority of people with varicose veins, they will never go on to develop more serious problems such as ulcers, so it is not right to say that denying someone an operation for uncomplicated varicose veins means they will definitely develop them."