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Varicose veins are large worm like veins bulging out of your leg. They occur when the delicate valves with in the vein stop working and the blood pools in the legs making the veins pop out.
True varicose veins are different from thread or reticular veins
Apart from being unsightly they can be responsible for your leg aching, itching or throbbing. They play a part in the development of leg ulcers, superficial thrombophlebitis and can sometime bleed, especially if knocked.
For a detailed review of veins see our earlier blog on varicose veins
There are several ways of treating varicose veins including non surgical options. The surgical procedures available, including open vein stripping, endovenous thermal ablation (using a laser or radiofreqeuncy) and foam sclerotherapy