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What You Should Know About Varicose Vein Treatment

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The veins in your body are designed to prevent blood from flowing backward. However, due to lifestyle choices, age, health, etc., the veins can stop working properly, causing the blood to pool, creating large, protruding, blue or purple veins, also known as varicose veins. While they can appear anywhere, they are common on legs. If you've noticed varicose veins on your legs, check out these four frequently asked questions to help you understand more about varicose vein treatment.

Why Is Treatment Necessary?

For many people, varicose veins cause little to no symptoms, but they may choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. Larger varicose veins, however, do tend to cause problems. At first, you may notice mild pain or pressure in your legs, but it can quickly advance to severe pain, making it hard to stand or move your legs. You may also notice sores and ulcers on the skin, blood clots, or bleeding if the vein is nicked. Treatment will not only correct the cosmetic concerns, but it will correct the painful/potentially dangerous effects.

Are There Tips to Improve Symptoms?

If you believe you are at risk for developing varicose veins, you want to prevent varicose veins from worsening, or you want to improve symptoms, there are some tips you can follow. For starters, reduce your risk by getting healthier, by losing weight, quitting tobacco, controlling your diabetes, etc. If you stand or sit too long for your job, this can also worsen symptoms, so try alternating between sitting and standing, if possible. You can also get compression stockings to help with blood flow.  

What Non-Surgical Treatment Options Are Available?

If managing symptoms doesn't work or you have cosmetic concerns, non-surgical treatments are available. Sclerotherapy is one treatment to consider. It uses a solution, which is injected into the vein. This kills the vein, making it disappear. Laser treatments are also available. During the procedure, a laser damages the vein, closing it, which causes it to eventually die. With both options, there is no downtime after treatment, but results may take time to show because the vein must die, and your body must absorb it.

Is Surgery Ever Necessary?

If you have extremely large varicose veins or non-surgical treatments haven't worked, surgery is another treatment to consider. During surgery, depending on how many varicose veins you have and where they are located, the doctor may remove the vein completely or perform an ambulatory phlebectomy, which uses a series of small incisions to destroy multiple varicose veins.

Varicose veins can be unsightly, but they can also cause severe pain, making it difficult to enjoy life. If you are sick of your varicose veins, many treatment options are available, including surgical removal of the entire vein. If you would like more information regarding non-surgical or surgical treatment options, contact a doctor or vascular surgeon in your area today.

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