The veins in the legs and thighs return blood to the heart “uphill” when you are standing. Provided the veins are healthy, the calf muscles do the work to push the blood towards the heart. They do this by contracting, when you walk or exercise, an effect called the “muscle pump”. If the veins are damaged or unhealthy (there is often a strong family history indicating a genetic pre-disposition to varicose veins) the venous congestion (damning of the blood in the veins) occurs in the legs and this can lead to: varicose veins with discomfort and pain; swollen legs (especially ankles) and also, in some cases, it may lead to leg ulcers.
Surgery removes the unhealthy veins allowing blood to return through healthy veins, thus eliminating the symptoms as well as improving the cosmetic effect. Surgical techniques have improved markedly in the past few years, allowing surgery to be carried out as a day case.
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