Complications of varicose veins

Written by: Dr. Xavier Puncernau
Published: | Updated: 14/09/2022
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Varicose veins can appear and not cause discomfort so there could be the temptation to leave them there, without going to a specialist to analyze and treat them.. This is a serious error, because varicose veins, although at first they do not cause discomfort, can cause serious complications.

Varicose veins left untreated can cause phlebitis, thrombosis, eczema on the skin, alterations in skin color and ulcerations. The alterations in skin color are very typical, specifically occur in the inner part of the ankles, a few centimeters above it begins to change the color of the skin to become a coffee-and-milk color. That means that varicose veins are already causing very severe venous insufficiency and are even affecting the skin. This in turn is a sign that ulcers can form in a later degree, since the epithelial tissue of this skin dies and an erosion, an ulceration, is formed.



And an ulcer on one leg requires a lot of treatment , many cures, uncomfortable and painful cures. To make a simile comprehensible, an ulcer is much deeper than a burn, if the latter already bothers us we can get an idea of ​​what an ulcer is, which also needs specific treatments and much rest.

Varicose veins thrombosis

Finally, what is already a very serious complication are thromboses that can even lead to pulmonary embolisms. With this we must take special care because if it occurs in an elderly person with certain circumstances, an embolism can lead to death.

Therefore, we must be careful with varicose veins, we must study them and advise treating them all , because the complications of varicose veins do not warn. If you have varicose veins without discomfort, complications can occur without warning and almost all are complications, at least, of very long evolution.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Xavier Puncernau

By Dr. Xavier Puncernau
Vascular Surgery

He is the cofounder of the company Angio Vascular Projects, dedicated to the study, research and treatment of vascular disease. He is also co-founder of the technique of laser surgery for varicose veins ELAV. He has a long career and more than 40 scientific publications in specialized journals.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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