Veins Popping Out Legs

There are three types of surgery and one so called "non surgical" procedure. The three surgeries all involve surgical ligation, i.e. surgery to tie off the faulty veins.

I. Varicocelectomy (Conventional Open Surgery)

In a conventional varicocelectomy the doctor makes a two or three inch incision below the groin area or in the abdomen. He goes in and ties off the offending veins. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis (i.e. no overnight hospital stay) using general or spinal anesthesia.

You may need to avoid strenuous activity for several days or even weeks after surgery. Most men are able to go back to work within three to four days.

This is the most common procedure. You may have a hard time finding a doctor who can do one of the other procedures.

Complications include hydrocele (fluid around the testicle) and infection.

There is about a 20% chance that the varicocele will recur because some of the smaller veins are not identified and are missed during surgery. There is about a 5% risk of hydrocele formation – a collection of fluid around the testicles, because lymph vessels are indirectly tied off too, so that more fluid is accumulated. There is also a risk of damage to the testicular artery that supplies blood to the testicles, which means that your testicles will shrivel up and die and you'll be singing soprano like a girlie man. There will be a scar similar to an appendectomy scar.

Often the surgeon will make the incision in the abdomen rather than the groin because there are fewer blood vessels at this level and they are large and therefore easily identifiable. However, recent anatomic studies have shown that ligation at this level may miss some lateral drainage veins, resulting in a higher failure rate and higher recurrence rates.

II. Microsurgery

Microsurgery (also called microsurgical ligation) is a procedure in which a smaller incision is made. The doctor only cuts the skin and fatty tissue. Because he does not cut the muscle, there is less pain and a faster recovery. The doctor identifies the varicoceles (swollen veins) through an operating microscope. Large varicoceles are cut and stapled closed. Smaller varicoceles are cut and stitched shut. The operation takes less than an hour and recovery time is short.

The microscope enables better identification of the artery that brings blood to the testicles and preservation of the lymphatics, eliminating the risk of hydrocele (accumulation of fluid around the testicles) after surgery. This procedure has a higher success rate, fewer complications, and leaves a smaller scar.

The operation takes about 45 minutes for a varicocele on one side of the scrotum, 1.5 hours if the varicocele involves both sides.

III. Laparoscopy

This is similar to conventional open surgery and the incision is usually made on the abdomen. High ligations (i.e. in the abdominal area rather than the groin) in open surgery require either large incisions or small incisions with significant retraction (i.e. pulling the veins out of the body), both of which can result in increased postoperative pain and infection.

There is a relatively high incidence of arterial injury while making the incision and a greater incidence of hydroceles following laparoscopy.

IV. Coil Embolization, Radiologic Balloon Occlusion or Radiologic Ablation

This is referred to as a "minor procedure" or a "non-surgical" procedure. It is is not very commonly performed. A steel coil or silicone balloon catheter is inserted into a vein on the leg below the groin and passed under X-ray guidance to the testicular vein. Alternatively, pure alcohol is injected into the veins, causing them to become nonfunctional. After the procedure, the catheter (a small tube) is removed and no stitches are needed.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and requires no incision, stitches, general anesthesia or overnight admission to the hospital. Several studies have shown that embolization is just as effective as surgery. Patients return to full activities in a day or two. Some complications of surgery, such as hydrocele (fluid around that testicle) and infection are virtually unheard of.

Minor complications such as bruising at the catheter site, nausea or backache may occur, but are uncommon. Infection, hydrocele or loss of a testicle have not been reported after coil embolization. However, there is a danger that the coil could migrate to the heart and cause death. Perhaps this is why this procedure is rarely performed. Also, it is more expensive, less effective and has a higher rate of recurrence (5-11%).

It requires a significant degree of technical expertise, and may not be doable in as many as 30% of patients. Radiation exposure during the procedure may be harmful to the testicles. The amount of radiation exposure is about equal to the amount received during a chest x-ray.

About the author: Bob Maloney speaks from the heart about varicoceles, having suffered himself from this affliction. Learn how he overcame his at times debilitating varicocele without surgery and today lives pain free. Varicocele Pain Relief


Frequently Asked Questions

    How do i get mi veins to popping out in mi arms legs and abs?
    I am 13 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      The secret is in having more muscle than fat. Most people's veins are hiding in a layer of subcutaneous fat. If you lose the fat, the veins will be more visible.

    how to get veins popping out in arms abs and legs?

    • ANSWER:

      If you are training hard and have good endurance, the best way is to hit the treadmill and the cardio machines. Your goal should be 9-11% body fat, then you'll look like a road map.

      Try to avoid so called "ripping" or "stripping" products as all these really do is act like speed to raise your body core temp; most of the "weight" you lose will be water which perversely will actually make your veins show less because if you're dehydrated the veins will collapse.

      Good luck!

    is it good or bad if your veins pop out?
    all the veins in my arms and leg pops out its kinda sick it never happend till i started to work out
    the veins in my arms and legs pop out its kinda sick it never happend till i started to work out and now it like is always like that

    • ANSWER:
      Its actually a very good thing, It means your healthy and your veins are healthy as well.

    Is there a name for veins that pop out of your skin?
    I know about varicose veins, but i am wondering if there is a different name for less extreme cases. I just have a few little spots on my legs where a vein pops out.
    Is there a name for this, & does anyone know a home remedy, or natural treatment for them? and while your at it, do you know what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      buttercup - What you are describing sounds like the very thin "spider veins." Spider veins, also known as road-map veins, are very tiny superficial blood vessels that increase in size over time and commonly occur on the legs. Women, people who have a blood relative with the condition and workers who stand regularly in their jobs are more susceptible to spider veins.
      Heredity accounts for 80 percent of people who develop spider veins.
      Tanning does not hide the appearance of spider veins. In fact, excessive sun exposure can cause spider veins since harmful ultraviolet light breaks down collagen, which composes the walls of spider veins, and can cause thinning and spreading of the veins.
      Crossing your legs does not cause spider veins.
      Gaining a lot of weight does not cause spider veins. In fact, weight loss can make a person more prone to spider veins, as it causes the skin to collapse and reveal what is underneath.
      Vitamin supplements do not prevent spider veins.
      Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard in treating people with spider veins. This procedure allows large areas of the veins to be treated efficiently with hair-thin needles containing a sclerosing solution, which irritates the lining of the vessel causing it to swell, stick together and the blood to clot. In a matter of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that eventually fades and becomes barely noticeable.

    how do i get my veins to pop out on my legs?
    i play soccer and workout everyday. i heard when you dehydrate your veins come out but i always stay hydrated due to the heat where i live

    • ANSWER:
      Getting veins to show is largely genetic, so it might not be easy for you. The other variable is extremely low bodyfat. You usually only see leg veins on professional bodybuilders and a few pro athletes, and they don't maintain that condition year round.

    How to get veins to stand out?
    Does popping veins mean being strong?
    I saw people having veins popping in their forearms and even legs.
    Its like damn cool.
    I mean how do you get the veins to stand out? How do u train them to pop out?
    Is it possible to make them pop out permenant or temporary?
    I want to noe both methods

    • ANSWER:
      The biggest key to getting your veins to pop out is proper hydration. You have to drink plenty of water. The second way to get your veins to pop is by building up your muscle mass. The combination of these two items should give you the look you want.

    how do you get your veins not to pop out?
    My veins always pop out on my legs and it looks so weird please help me how can i get it not to pop out all the time.

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    What can I do about varicose and spider veins?
    I'm 27 weeks pregnant and in the last month or so, my veins have been coming out really bad. I have varicose veins popping out all over my legs and spider veins like krazy everywhere, especially my legs. Is there anything I can do while I'm still pregnant to reduce these veins? They're itchy as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor about them, but the only treatment i'm aware of is laser surgery and you probably wouldn't be able to have that done until you are through with the pregnancy.

    Varicose Veins that pop out on right leg,chest pain, hard to breathe, doctors say not a blood clot? Help?
    Recently I saw that I had thick popped out varicose veins on my right leg, behind my knee that stick out. They hurt and tingle, and there is a weird stabbing feeling in the area.

    Also, I found out I also have a herniated disk in my lower back, and the pain shoots down all the way down to my right leg. Same leg as the veins.

    I have had chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness the past few days, and my veins pop in and out.

    I've been to doctor, even the ER, They have done an ultrasound on my leg to check for a clot a few weeks ago, they didn't find one.

    I have been having horrible abdominal pain. I have fatty liver, and a urinary trac infection.

    I can't seem to find out why I can't breathe, why I have chest pain, and why I'm so dizzy.

    Help? Will choose best answer.

    Is this all in my head? My mom thinks I'm paranoid. I have anxiety by the way.

    I'm 17, and overweight. Female. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You are too young to be having these issues. You should take one thing at a time, starting with the primary issue which I believe is the root cause of your problems: you are overweight, and have a fatty liver.
      When you have a fatty liver, you are reducing the effectiveness of the liver to do it's job. While there is no cure for fatty liver from medication or surgery, there is only one way to eliminate it. That way is to go on a diet and exercise plan. Not doing so could result in cirrhosis of the liver and death. The first thing you should do is lose weight and get in shape, you are too young to be having this many health issues. Get out there and enjoy your life. Below are some sites that have helped people through their condition.

      Hope this helps.

    Why do I have varicose veins?
    I am 25 years old, I'm skinny and I never been pregnant. I am active and keep a healthy diet. I work out an hour a day plus I take my dog on 3-4 walks a day. I don't keep my legs crossed and I wear compressed socks.

    I started getting varicose veins when I was 14. I've always been skinny and so is my family. Varicose veins do not run in my family. My family is pretty healthy. Both sets of grandparents are still alive and disease free. My veins have never hurt but I started getting bad purple, rope like veins that are extremely obvious and unattractive. The older I get, the more I get.

    I have talked to a vein specialist and I've been told my varicose veins are not threatening and they are not affecting my health at all. I do not feel any pain but I did get a laser treatment for my veins when I was 23. They told me my insurance was going to cover it in full, so I got it done. However, it was just a cosmetic procedure and they told me my legs will look a lot better, because I have these veins all over my legs and they look hideous. People comment on them all the time, and I don't wear shorts or skirts in the summer. I got the surgery and was told my legs will look stunning after a couple weeks. But the surgery did not work and I am getting more and more veins popping up. My legs are almost covered in these veins and they are getting worse. Not only did the surgery not work, but my insurance didn't cover it but I was told they would cover it in full. I later got billed for ,000. I have since gone back to the doctor and my legs now look like a 90 year old woman's legs. All the doctor could say is that I have no health risks and they don't wanna do the surgery again since it never worked the first time. I was told that is rare for it to not work and the doctor told me I'm a rare case. I look online for laser vein surgery and it apparently works for everyone. I don't know what to do now. I understand I'm not in a health risk but I don't want my legs to look this way anymore. I can't even wear a dress, even with nylons. Everyone can see blue and purple veins through nylons. If people ever see my legs, they are so fascinated by how veiny I am. People comment how it looks sick and it must be painful for me, but it's not. If I wanna scare a little kid, I just show my legs. How can I get normal looking legs and why am I going through this since none of the causes of varicose veins are affecting me at all?

    • ANSWER:
      plastic surgery?

      i'm sorry hun i have bad veins too. :(

    My vein behind mine legs near my knees show or pop out?
    well the day are really hot and i cant wear shorts because my vein pop out and am very self caution because i think people will talk about me so how do you make them not appear as much and why does this happen am only 13 thanks for the respond :)

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    i am 25 years old and i have varicose veins?
    I am a single female, no kids 5 feet 3 inches tall, 115 pounds and i have ugly veins popping out behind my knees. i thought that only happened to pregnant women. how do i prevent anymore veins from ruining my legs? can exercise like running or other cardiovascular exercise prevent anymore varicose vein on my legs?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a friend who has the same problem, i don't know any ways to prevent them but i expect cardiovascular exercise should help. If you want to get rid of them then go to your doctor as when my friend went she managed to get them removed for free on the nhs (even though it is classed as plastic surgery), or use bio oil its good for strech marks and scars so hopfully it'll help (you can get it from most chemists and it's only about £3 a bottle) hope this helps x

    I got slim arms and legs but a mid aged gut?
    I am seventeen, but i would like to know why my hands arms and legs are thin compared to my stomach. You can see the defining muscle structure on my arms, with my veins popping out on my wrists, and you also see the muscle structure on my legs.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll never know till you try

      Remember you need Three (3)Things
      The first 2 are Willpower & Wont power
      Wont eat Junk food
      Wont drink soda's
      and Wont eat Ice Cream
      Will Exercise everyday
      Will eat Healthy foods
      Cycling, Swimming Tennis and Brisk Walking,
      Skating is good too
      Sound like hard work?
      2 coin a phrase 'just do it!'
      The third thing you need is commonsense

      **Good Karma**

    I see my veins (some pop out)? Is this a good or bad thing?
    is it like...normal to see your veins :|? i see them in my hands, arms, thighs, legs, my feet , and sometimes my neck .
    some of them pop out, and its kinda gross?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah. You're just vascular. Ahah. Its a good thing, you have strong bloodflow.