Removing varicose veins: Do you need them?

by | Sep 19, 2017

If you’ve considered having your problem varicose or spider veins treated, you may have read that all the treatments result in the vein being essentially blocked off and removed, causing blood to be rerouted elsewhere.

Treatments like sclerotherapy and medical adhesive treatments like VenaSeal involve injecting a special solution into the vein to close it off; with laser and radiofrequency ablation the vein is sealed off using radiofrequency or laser energy. An ambulatory phlebectomy is the surgical removal of visible varicose veins through keyhole incision. In each one of these treatments the vein is rendered unusable and taken out of the circulatory system, either by healing over and being absorbed into the body or by being removed (as with ambulatory phlebectomy).

But do you need those veins?

To take a vein out of your circulatory system might sound severe but our bodies are wonderfully resilient. The varicose veins or spider veins are diseased and are no longer performing their job. All along the interior of our veins there are tiny one-way valves which pump deoxygenated blood from our extremities back toward our heart and lungs to be oxygenated again. Varicose veins happen when one-way valve(s) fail and blood can ‘leak’ backwards. This makes the blood pool and you can see a bluish, bulging vein on the skin surface.


When veins become abnormal (varicose veins) and aren’t working properly, our body finds alternative pathways and uses healthy veins to carry blood. And don’t worry, you’ll never run out of healthy veins.

If you have your varicose veins treated, your circulatory system will not miss the diseased veins. In fact, circulation is improved by removing them and patients who have their veins treated often comment that they feel a lot better in general, which may be circulation returning to the status quo.

Key Takeaways

  • Varicose veins and spider veins are not functioning properly.
  • Our body finds alternative pathways with healthy veins to carry blood.
  • When varicose veins are treated/removed, they are not missed by the circulatory system. Circulation is improved by it.


Worried about your veins?

Make an appointment to see phlebologist Dr Peter Paraskevas in our Vein Health Melbourne or Sydney clinics, and get your veins assessed and treated today.

We provide fast and easy, walk-in walk-out treatments with no hospital stay required. Our minimally invasive treatments utilise world-class technologies to achieve the best patient outcomes. Our results speak for themselves – see our before & after gallery.


Dr. Peter Paraskevas Phlebologist, Medical Director

Dr Peter Paraskevas is a highly skilled phlebologist (vein doctor) dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins. He also lectures at the Australasian College of Phlebology and the College of Cosmetic Surgeons.


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