Varicose veins are a common disease

Here you will find answers to your questions on varicose veins

Frequently asked questions

Are varicose veins common?

Varicose veins are very widespread and one of the most common medical conditions found throughout the world. The incidence of the disease increases with age so that almost every elderly person has some form of changes in the leg veins.

About 60% of adults in Germany suffer from spider veins and small varicose veins. In most cases the spider veins are considered to be mainly an aesthetic problem. However, about 30% of adult Germans have larger varicose veins requiring treatment.

Women are somewhat more often affected than men.

Unfortunately, many people still think that varicose veins are only a cosmetic problem and do not need to be treated. But, even if it does not hurt, every varicose vein disrupts the normal circulation of the blood. Left untreated, the disease progresses, with discolouration and chronic inflammation of the skin. In the worst cases, thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, and venous leg ulcers occur. Varicose veins should therefore be taken seriously, as diagnosis and treatment at an early stage can prevent serious complications later.