Varicose veins: More than a cosmetic problem

Varicose veins may seem cosmetic, but doctors say otherwise.
Varicose veins may seem cosmetic, but doctors say otherwise.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – They may seem only cosmetic, but doctors said it’s important to have varicose veins evaluated.

Doctors said more than one in two people suffer from varicose veins. The condition can cause pain, swelling, irritation and even flesh wounds.

IU Health Arnett Vein Clinic Director Paul Timperman said people shouldn’t be afraid to see a doctor or have a procedure done to manage the veins.

“The longest procedures last about two and half hours. The shorter ones last a half an hour, You walk in. You walk out. You drive yourself here and drive yourself home. The only time missing from work would be the day of the procedure,” said Timperman.

People who are overweight, pregnant or have parents with varicose veins are at the highest risk of developing the condition.

If left unchecked, Timperman said varicose veins can cause increased blood clots, which could lead to amputation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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