Nobody Likes Varicose Veins, Here’s How to Get Rid of Them

April 17, 2021 • karnold • Varicose Veins

Unfortunately, Only Medical Treatments Are Effective

Varicose veins can be painful. Common symptoms include aches, burning sensations, throbbing, tingling, or restlessness in the legs. People who suffer from varicose veins often seek home remedies, only to find these don’t really work. While at home treatments may offer some relief, medical treatment plans are the only effective solution. To diagnose your varicose veins, your healthcare provider will do a physical exam and ask you specific questions regarding your symptoms and pain. They will also likely run some noninvasive tests and provide you with options to slow the growth, along with different types of treatments to resolve your condition.

Slowing The Growth of Varicose Veins

While home remedies are largely ineffective, certain preventative steps you can take will ease your pain and slow the growth of varicose veins.
  • Avoid long periods of standing or sitting.
  • Get plenty of exercise (check with your doctor for appropriate exercises).
  • Lose excess weight.
  • Don’t wear tight clothing and avoid high heels.
  • Eat less salt to prevent water retention and swelling.
  • Elevate your legs frequently.
Wearing compression stockings is an approach many vein specialists will recommend as a first step. These stockings help the blood flow in your veins and leg muscles. However, these and the above-listed preventative steps will not cure varicose veins.

Types of Treatments for Varicose Veins

Fortunately, there are several minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. Depending on the severity of your condition, your medical provider may recommend one of the following types of treatment.

Sclerotherapy

This treatment method involves inserting a solution or foam directly into small or medium-sized veins, forcing the vein to scar and close. After a few weeks, these veins should fade. This is a straightforward treatment able to be done in a doctor’s office.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment is used to scar and destroy varicose veins. No incisions or needles are used for this treatment method. It’s done by performing laser therapy on small veins close to the skin’s surface. Endovenous laser therapy is a laser fiber inserted under the skin into the vein.

Ligation and Stripping

This vein treatment involves small incisions made over the varicose vein so it can be ligated (tied off) and stripped (removed). The intent of this outpatient procedure is to tie off the vein before it joins a deep vein.

Phlebectomy

Also known as stab avulsion, a phlebectomy is an ambulatory procedure where a doctor performs a series of tiny skin punctures to remove smaller varicose veins.

Radiofrequency treatment

To close off larger varicose veins, doctors will use radiofrequency treatment to scar and close it off. A doctor will insert a catheter into the enlarged vein and heat its tip before pulling it out. The heat generated from this process will collapse and destroy the vein before being sealed off.

Treatment Options for Varicose Veins at Tri-City Vein

If you suffer from varicose veins, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated 20% of all adults will experience them at some point during the course of their lives. Fortunately, today’s medical treatments don’t require hospital stays or long recoveries. The above vein treatment options are minimally invasive outpatient procedures you can receive right here in Phoenix. To learn more about options, our Arizona vein physicians are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment....

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