Varicose Vein Treatment

December 15th, 2014


For many women, the sight of varicose veins on their legs can ruin their desire to ever wear anything that shows off a little leg. Luckily, there are various treatment options for varicose veins—some more costly and invasive than others.

Compression Stockings: Wear these all day to help your veins and the muscles in your legs to allow blood to move better by squeezing your legs. You can buy them at pharmacies or medical supply shops. For severe cases, you can get a pair of prescription-strength compression stockings.

Lifestyle Changes: Exercising on a regular basis will improve the circulation in your legs. Also watch your weight by improving your diet and limiting salt which can cause swelling due to water retention. Also, avoid sitting or standing for too long or sitting with your legs in a crossed position. If you can, try to elevate your legs above your heart periodically throughout the day to improve circulation.

Laser Surgery: A doctor will use strong bursts of light on the vein which can make it seem lighter or even disappear altogether depending on how bad the varicose vein looks. This is a non-invasive approach to treating varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy: This nonsurgical procedure involves injecting a solution into the varicose veins in an effort to have them fade. It can be done more than once in the same vein if needed.

Catheter-assisted Treatment: During this procedure, a catheter, or thin tube, with a heated tip is inserted into the vein. When the catheter is pulled out, the vein is destroyed from the heat as it collapses and then is sealed shut. This is recommended for large varicose veins.

Endoscopic Vein Surgery: This is usually reserved for serious cases that have led to leg ulcers. By using a thin video camera that is inserted into the leg, a surgeon can close the varicose veins and then remove them through an incision.

While there are a few other methods for treating varicose veins, these are the most popular. Of course, always start with conservative treatment like lifestyle modifications and then move down the line to the more advanced, and expensive, options. You may be able to take care of them before having to go under a knife, catheter or video camera.