What to ask your doctor about varicose veins; Venous insufficiency - what to ask your doctor; Vein stripping - what to ask your doctor
Varicose veins are abnormally swollen, twisted, or painful veins that are filled with blood. They most often occur in the lower legs.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your varicose veins.
What are varicose veins?
Do I need to treat my varicose veins? If I do not treat them, how quickly will they get worse? Are there serious complications or problems if I do not treat them?
Are there medicines that can treat my varicose veins?
What are compression (or pressure) stockings?
Which procedures for varicose veins do you perform?
Questions to ask about different procedures for varicose veins are:
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