Ask the doctor: Can getting rid of varicose veins cause venous insufficiency?

Q. I have varicose veins and would like to get rid of them. Could that lead to venous insufficiency?

A. Having varicose veins removed doesn't make you any more likely to develop venous insufficiency. It might even help to reduce the likelihood of developing chronic venous insufficiency by removing a source of increased pressure in the leg veins. Whether you go ahead with treatment or not, there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of vein problems progressing or recurring.

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