Surgery may be needed for some people. Usually, the results of surgery are preferable to the appearance of large varicose veins. Most scars or stains resulting from surgery are faint, but sometimes they are permanent and unsightly.
Not all surgeons use the same technique. Ask how the surgery is to be done.
About two in 10 patients who have veins treated by surgery will develop new varicose veins in the long term. The surgeon can give no guarantee that varicose veins will not come back.
Many patients ask, “Where does the blood flow after the veins have been removed?”. Most of the blood flow in the leg is through the deep veins (not touched by surgery) and not through the surface veins. Varicose veins do not function effectively when the person is standing. In fact, the veins are actually carrying blood the wrong way. Other normal veins have had to take over the function of these veins. Therefore, treating varicose veins improves the circulation in the leg.