Although varicose veins are initially only an aesthetic annoyance, the condition can develop different problems as it evolves (heavy legs, swelling, fatigue, tightness, throbbing pain, a sensation of warmth, nocturnal cramps, restless legs syndrome). If these are not treated sufficiently early, skin lesions and even general infections or superficial thromboses can appear and, in some rare cases, attack the venous system itself, sometimes causing pulmonary embolisms.
The dangers of waiting
Despite these potential complications, most patients still believe that varicose veins do not need to be treated and that operations are performed for purely aesthetic reasons. It is therefore particularly important to intervene sufficiently early and to treat even those varicose veins presenting few symptoms.