How To Determine The Right Vein Treatment For You
Vein disease comes in many shapes and sizes and trying to determine the right treatment can be daunting.
While some people may simply have low-level vein disease that causes veins to bulge out more than your average person, others suffer from vein disease that renders them nearly crippled.
Regardless of what end of the vein disease spectrum you’re on, or if you fall somewhere in the middle, your vein issues should never be left untreated.
Any sign of problems with your veins should warrant a call to your local expert.Find a clinic in your city
The Right Vein Treatment For You
Though the diagnosis and final vein treatment plan will be provided to you by your vein specialist, you can get an idea of what to expect in terms of treatment based on the vein problems you have.
Treatments For Low-Level Varicose Veins
If your varicose veins are not causing you pain, and are not bulging to a massive extent, then your vein specialist may give you some at-home treatments to try and improve your blood circulation, a major factor of varicose veins, including:
- Elevating your legs
- Exercising regularly
- If you sit a lot, getting up and walking every 30 minutes
- If you’re on your feet a lot, taking a break every 30 minutes
- Staying away from soaking in the bath too long
Another at-home treatment to ease varicose veins you’ll likely want to try is compression stockings. Compression stockings are helpful with pain and aches caused by varicose veins and are great for both pre-and post-surgery.
While most compression stockings are available at drug stores, there are also prescription-strength ones that you can get from your doctor.
Treatments For More Severe Varicose Veins
If you find that at-home treatments and compression stockings aren’t working, or your vein specialist determined that your issue was more serious from the start, you will need to turn to other vein treatments. Below we’ve outlined some of the most popular vein treatment that we offer at Vein Clinics of America.
Suffering from small spider and varicose veins on your legs? Sclerotherapy is the answer.
Sclerotherapy is typically used for the treatment of small leg veins, including both spider and varicose veins.
This simple procedure involves your doctor injecting varicose veins with a liquid that scars and, thus, close the veins.
The treatment is quick and painless, and you’ll follow up the procedure by wearing a compression stocking.
One of the best parts of sclerotherapy is that it’s an outpatient procedure — you’ll simply have to stay for just a bit afterward for observation, then home. Most people are up and moving the next day.
Suffering from varicose veins near the surface of your skin? Phlebectomy is the answer.
Phlebectomy is performed by your doctor making several small punctures in your skin.
Through those punctures, the damaged vein is removed.
This approach to vein treatment typically occurs without the need for stitches and is often done with ELVA or radiofrequency ablation (see below to learn more about these).
Suffering from small spider and varicose veins on more than just your legs? Endovenous Laser Therapy or VenaSeal is the answer.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is used to treat spider veins, and small varicose veins on the leg, or anywhere else on the body.
Below we outline exactly how EVLT helps treat your varicose veins:
The doctor directs laser lights to the varicose veins, which are heated and, as a result, collapse. By doing this, the veins with damaged valves are destroyed and eventually absorbed by your body.
Post-treatment, your body’s blood flow will be going through healthy veins only, thus helping to improve your circulation.
EVLT does not require hospitalization and will have you back on your feet in no time.
VenaSeal is performed by your doctor using a small catheter to put medical adhesive into your damaged vein to close that vein. This helps to redirect blood to healthy veins. VenaSeal also does not require hospitalization — it is an easy out-patient procedure.
Suffering from large varicose veins? Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is the answer.
Radiofrequency Ablation, also known as RFA treatment is used to treat large varicose veins on the leg, or anywhere else on the body.
This treatment focuses on ridding of the underlying condition that caused your vein issues in the first place. Rather than use lasers like EVLT, RFA involves making a small incision and inserting a tiny catheter into the diseased vein. Heat is then pumped to contract the collagen in the walls of the vein, leading them to collapse and close.
Then, similar to EVLT, once the unhealthy vein is closed, the blood can divert to healthy veins, thus giving you much better circulation.
This treatment does not require hospitalization. Compared to other treatment options, many people feel that RFA is less painful, and leads to less bruising.
Modern technology has made vein treatment a far less painful, risky, and complicated procedure than it used to be.
Whereas people used to go in to have one leg treated, and never came back for the second one due to the immense pain and invasiveness of the surgery, modern treatments such as EVLT and RFA have taken the fear and pain out of vein treatment to make it manageable and convenient for everyone.
Varicose Vein Myths
It is important to dispel the varicose veins myths, of which there are many. Here are a few:
- Varicose veins only happen in women
- Varicose veins are purely a cosmetic issue
- Only the elderly get varicose veins
The truth is that varicose veins can happen to almost anyone, and they are certainly more than just cosmetic.
The visible sign of varicose veins is your body letting you know that something is not right.
So why would you not determine what the problem is?
Hazards of Not Treating Vein Disease
Leaving vein issues, such as varicose veins untreated can lead to possibly life-threatening conditions, including:
- Hyperpigmentation. This will cause you to endure painful swelling and inflammation of the veins.
- Venous Leg Ulcer. This occurs when the skin around an untreated varicose vein breaks down to reveal the flesh.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis. With this, you may feel as if your nerves are being pinched. DVT is essentially a blood clot, that, if left free to travel up the body, can be life-threatening.
Now that you know that treating any sign of vein disease is an absolute must, you’re likely wondering how you can go about determining which vein treatment will work best for you.
If you see any signs of vein issues, do not hesitate to contact Vein Clinics of America specialist near you. Your first consultation will help you get answers to all of your vein questions.