Painful Varicose and Thread Veins
patients suffer from pain due to their varicose
veins. Surprisingly this often occurs with small
veins just as much as from large varicose veins.
In fact, the symptoms associated with thread veins
can be worse than those which arise from large
varicose veins. Big varicose veins often cause
some aching on standing but this does not usually
result in severe symptoms. Thread veins give rise
to symptoms ranging from tingling or itching and
slight discomfort to severe, incapacitating pain
on standing. Some patients are distressed because
many doctors do not believe that thread veins
can cause severe pain. They find themselves passed
from doctor to doctor without any explanation
as to the cause of the pain ever being found!
solution to these problems is to treat the veins.
Surgery is effective for large varices but microsclerotherapy
is required for thread veins. The symptoms and
the veins fade away together! For patients who
suffer the combination of large varicose veins
and thread veins, surgical treatment or foam injections
and microsclerotherapy have to be combined to
eliminate the veins and the pain associated with
All these treatments! Which is the one for
Philip Coleridge Smith DM FRCS
Reader in Surgery, UCL Medical School, London .
Consultant Vascular Surgeon – BVI Medical
The West London Vein Clinic: Tel 0870 609 2389