Newer Treatment Techniques Reduce Recurrence Rates
A common fear for people who seek treatment for their varicose veins is that the problematic veins will pop up again even after treatment procedures. And when varicose veins do reoccur, usually the uncomfortable symptoms of swelling, aching, or heaviness come back right along with them.
There’s a reason people fear recurrence of varicose veins even after treatment. Since heredity is the top influencing factor for developing varicose veins, many people have watched as a parent or grandparent sought treatment for varicose veins, only to have the condition return some years later. If you’re in this scenario, or if you’ve heard stories about people needing to seek treatment again years after their first procedures, you’re understandably wondering it this could happen to you as well.
Varicose vein recurrence rates for our parents or grandparents were more common because the procedure used to remove varicose veins during their time was referred to as stripping. This technique was painful and required a good bit of down time. On top of that, recurrence rates were 35-50% at 5 years after the stripping procedure.
The Good News
The good news is that the newer techniques that are used today to eliminate varicose veins have reduced that 5 year recurrence rate from 35-50% to just 8%. Varicose vein recurrence rates do creep up to 15% at 10 years after the initial procedures, but this is still substantially reduced from the days when our parents or grandparents were treated.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for varicose veins, and the genetic trait remains even after treatment if you currently have varicose veins. Some veins that are currently normal may fail years later, and some veins may recanalize, or reopen, years after having been closed with lasers, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, Varithena, Venaseal, or other techniques.
One important facet of reducing recurrence rates is the treatment of persistent veins after laser procedures or phlebectomy that are not visible except with ultrasound. This is a distinguishing feature of East Tennessee Vein Clinic. We focus on treating the entire network of failed veins, not just the ones you can see.
As the first physician dedicated solely to the treatment of vein disease in Tennessee, Dr. Douglass and East Tennessee Vein Clinic lead the region in experience and expertise of varicose veins. We treat veins differently than other clinics precisely because of our dedication to treating the root cause and full extent of each patient’s vein disease.
We are offering free vein screenings through March. Please mention free screenings when making your appointment.