Treatment Advice for the Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Treatment

The treatment for varicose veins consists of changes in lifestyle as well as medical procedures. The goals of treatment for varicose veins are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve appearance.

If there are some symptoms of varicose veins, your doctor may simply suggest some changes in your lifestyle. But if your symptoms are more severe, your doctor may recommend one or more medical procedures. For example, you may need a medical procedure if you have a lot of pain, a clot, or skin problems caused by varicose veins.

Some people who suffer from varicose veins prefer to have some medical procedures to improve the appearance of their veins. Medical treatments can remove the existing varicose veins but it cannot prevent new varicose cells from forming.

Changes in Lifestyle

Changes in lifestyle are often the first treatment for varicose veins. These changes in the lifestyle can easily prevent varicose veins from growing and getting worse, it can also reduce pain, and delay the formation of varicose veins.

Changes in lifestyle include:

  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time without taking a break. When sitting, avoid crossing the legs. Keep your legs up when sitting, resting or sleeping. Every time you can, raise your legs above the level of your heart.
  • Do physical activities to make your legs move and improve muscle tone. This helps the blood to move through the veins.
  • If you are overweight or obese, try to lose weight. This will improve your blood flow and make the pressure in your veins agiler.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing, especially one that is tight around your hips, groin, and legs. Tight clothing can make your varicose veins worse.
  • Avoid using high heels for long periods of time. Shoes with low heels help improve the calf muscles. The toned muscles help blood flow through the veins.

Your doctor can recommend compression stockings. These stockings create gentle pressure on the leg. This pressure prevents blood from stagnating and decreases inflammation in the legs. Go with a specialist in varicose veins to illustrate better about what compression stockings you should use for your specific case.

Treatment for Varicose Veins with Medical Procedures

Treatment for varicose veins with medical procedures is used to remove varicose veins and/or end them permanently. Removing or closing a vein usually does not cause problems with blood flow because blood begins to move through other veins.

Your doctor can treat you with one or more of the medical procedures described below. Some common side effects of these medical procedures are bruising, swelling, discoloration of the skin, and some pain.

These side effects are more severe with the ligation process. Rarely, these type of fixing procedures can cause severe pain, infections, blood clots, scars and many more.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the medical process which uses a chemical fluid in order to close the vein. The irritation and scarring cause the vein to close and fade.

This procedure is sometimes used to treat comparatively small varicose veins and spider kind of veins. This treatment can be done in the doctor’s office itself while you are standing. You may need sometimes different treatments¬†in order to close the vein completely.

This treatment for varicose veins is typically done every 4 to 6 weeks. At the end of each session, your leg will be wrapped in an elastic bandage to help heal and decrease inflammation.

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Laser surgery

This procedure applies energy from a laser to the varicose vein. The laser causes the vein to fade.

Laser surgery is commonly used to treat small varicose veins. You do not need to cut or inject chemicals in this procedure.

Intravenous ablation therapy

The treatment for intravenous ablation varicose veins uses lasers and radio frequencies to create heat to close the varicose vein.

Your doctor makes a small cut on your skin near the varicose vein. Subsequently, inserted a small had called a catheter inside the vein. A device at the tip of the tube heats the inside of the vein and closes it.

You will be awake during this procedure, but your doctor will numb the area around the vein. You can usually go home the same day of the procedure.

Endoscopic vein surgery

For endoscopic vein surgery, the doctor will make a small cut on your skin near the varicose vein. You will then use a small camera at the end of a small tube to move it through the vein. A surgical device at the end of the chamber is used to close the vein.

This treatment for varicose veins is only used in severe cases when varicose veins are causing ulcers. After the procedure, you can usually return to your normal activities after a few weeks.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

In the ambulatory phlebectomy, the doctor will make small cuts in the skin to remove varicose veins. This procedure is usually done to remove varicose veins near the surface of your skin.

You will be awake during this procedure, but your doctor will numb the area around the vein. You can usually go home the same day of the procedure.

Ligation and vein extraction

This procedure involves tying the vein before it meets a deep vein and removing it through small incisions. This is an outpatient procedure for most patients. Removing the vein will not adversely affect the circulation of your leg because the deep veins take care of the larger blood volumes.