April 20


Do I need removed veins later?

By Dr. Jose Almeida

April 20, 2021

Do you need removed superficial veins later? The short answer is, no, you don’t need that vein in the future. This blog explores why. The venous system is responsible for moving blood from the body and returning it to the heart and lungs. There are different sizes of veins ranging from very small capillaries to large veins, with veins located either deep in the body or closer to the skin surface. Veins are floppy structures that contain valves to keep blood moving toward the heart.

Since veins do not have muscles within their walls, they rely on the movement of the body muscles to push the blood through the veins. In certain instances, the valves may no longer close or become leaky, allowing for blood to move backwards, accumulating in the veins, and therefore increasing the vein pressure. This process creates varicose veins and spider veins, which can be seen on the skin surface.  

The veins that you can see from the surface are called "superficial veins" and when removed due to a vascular disease, they will not be needed later. That is because the majority of the blood travels back to the heart via the deep veins, so by closing off the leaky veins, the blood will find a path through the good veins.

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Treatment Options for Varicose & Spider Veins

There are multiple treatment options available to treat varicose veins and spider veins. These procedures all use different techniques to achieve the same result, which is closing off the affected vein, so blood no longer flows through it. Over time, this vein is absorbed by the body.

Despite some of these problematic veins being closed off, circulation still occurs and you are not affected by the diseased veins being closed. This is because there are alternate blood vessels that blood can flow through and the majority of the blood in circulation is actually located in the deep veins, which are not treated with the procedural options available for spider veins and varicose veins.

So, go ahead and treat those pesky veins, since you won’t need that vein the future.  

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Dr. Jose Almeida

About the author

Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in Miami, FL. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.

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