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Why Do I Have Varicose Veins After WLS?

Even after WLS the risk of having varicose veins still exist.  Studies have shown that a number of persons who lose 50 percent or more of their body weight after WLS surgery have experienced various vein-related symptoms mainly within their legs and feet.  If varicose veins were present before weight loss surgery, then they may look worst in appearance after the procedure.  If they start to appear after WLS, then more than likely you already had them and they are now becoming visible.  As the weight is reduced, those varicose veins that were hidden by excess body fat will start to appear.

Varicose veins can be very unsightly and painful especially when they bare the burden of excess weight.  These enlarged, bulging and twisted veins are most commonly seen on the legs and feet and are often caused by damaged or faulty valves that result in the backflow of blood.  If you or someone you know have varicose veins, then you can attest to the high levels of discomfort both physically and emotionally that is associated with them.

Although they are frequently associated with venous disease and a family history of varicose veins, excessive weight gain is a leading cause of varicose veins, and a primary reason the veins are worsened in appearance and pain-related symptoms.  High blood pressure and the lack of physical activity are common factors associated with obesity and are amongst the primary reasons persons who are overweight develop varicose veins and even blood clots.

The good news is you have taken the next step to reduce the amount of pressure in your legs.  As the weight is lost your legs will feel better and the subsequent vein treatments will now be a lot easier to perform and with better results.

Varicose Veins After WLS

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