Varicose veins are weakened veins that may appear on your body, depending on your luck with genetics and various other factors such as age, gender, lifestyle, and more. They are visible and may cause discomfort, or put you at risk of skin changes or open sores. Treatment options may range from minor surgery to a little bit of self-care.
If you’re feeling discomfort, know that it’s possible to get rid of some of the symptoms of varicose veins without invasive surgeries. In this article, we will discuss how to treat this condition on an outpatient basis, with the help of your doctors and taking care of yourself.
Taking care of your body, be it exercising, losing weight, wearing comfortable clothing, and avoiding
extended periods on your feet can all be an immense help in combating this condition.
Leg elevation is known to help especially well with any pain or discomfort. Taking breaks is highly
recommended, with alternating between sitting and walking for a brief period. These tips will be greatly useful in curbing the appearance of any new veins.
2. Gradient Compression stockings
A great method to look at before moving on to treatment is wearing gradient compression stockings. This type of stockings applies constant pressure on your feet with less pressure going up the leg, which leads to the veins letting more blood flow back to the heart. Make sure to consult your vein specialist before buying a pair, to ensure that the correct pressure and size are found for you.
You can typically find these at most vein specialist offices, pharmacies, or stores, and if your veins are causing you problems, prescription-strength stockings could be covered by insurance.
3. Microfoam Injections
If the conservative treatments did not relieve your symptoms, you should consider vein treatment.
Using a microfoam sclerosant, your doctor will inject a small amount of a certain medicine that scars and closes the veins, causing them to shrink.
Often also known under the name Varithena, it represents a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that fills and treats the desired section of the vein with foam and the vein collapses, with the foam removing itself naturally by dilution through the blood flow. With the average treatment taking about an hour, you can be back to your usual activities on the same day, but keep mindful of your doctor’s instructions.
This procedure can be performed by a specialized doctor or at a vein clinic using only a local anesthetic and can be done from the comfort of your doctor’s office. You will need to take a walk and move regularly after the treatment, but you can return to work and various activities starting the very
next day. The results are improved circulation, reduced swelling, and disappearance of the spider veins in around a month, and varicose veins in 3 months.
4. EVLA and RFA
Deciphered as endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation, respectively, these new treatments use the most modern approach towards solving this issue. These treatments work to destroy these veins from the inside using heat.
You will receive local anesthesia and then the doctor inserts a device into the vein, which will then be used to seal the vein shut, without harming the surrounding tissue. It can take a few weeks for the vein to disappear, but the relief of symptoms is felt soon after treatment. VenaCure EVLT provides excellent EVLT treatments, while ClosureFast and Venclose are your go-to RFA solutions.
5. Cyanoacrylate and MOCA
Cyanoacrylate, popular under the name VenaSeal, is a treatment similar to the EVLT, but instead of a laser performing the sealing, it is a surgical-grade adhesive. It serves to close the vein, in a simple procedure with no compression stockings being strictly necessary after the procedure.
Meanwhile, Mechanochemical Ablation, known as MOCA or under the name of the treatment options ClariVein, is another minimally invasive method of treating varicose veins. It works by introducing a small catheter into the vein and releasing a sclerosant to close it up. It is designed with patient comfort in mind, letting you return to your day as soon as possible.
All these treatments are ways to lessen the impact varicose veins have on your health and outside
appearance. Remember that the best advice you can
receive is always that of your doctor, and physical examinations are essential to determine the best treatment type for you.