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How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Returning Post-Procedure

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Suffering from varicose veins can be an incredibly unpleasant thing. And unfortunately, it is an unpleasant thing that the National Center for Biotechnology Information estimates 20% of all adults will experience at some point in their lives. Varicose veins can leave you feeling all sorts of distressing things. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Itching around your veins
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Muscle cramping
  • Achy or heavy feeling
  • Bleeding from a vein
  • Color changes near your ankle
  • Skin inflammation
  • And more

Before spending too much time on the negatives of varicose veins, let’s take a look at what is positive about them: they are treatable. You do not have to endure and suffer the pain of varicose veins your entire life.

Thanks to modern technology and top-notch vein treatment centers such as Vein Clinics of America, varicose veins can become a thing of the past for you, and with a minimally invasive procedure, too.

Varicose Vein Treatment Options

Treating your varicose veins is a far more simple process than people think.

Depending upon the severity of your vein problems, you will likely have to go in for a few treatment sessions.

The way that most varicose veins are treated today (including at Vein Clinics of America) is via endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).

EVLA is another way of saying “laser therapy,” and has allowed vein treatment to come a long way. Unlike its predecessors, endovenous laser ablation means less bruising and less pain for the patient, as well as quicker and easier recovery.

Do you want to know what else is great about EVLA? It is an outpatient procedure and is performed in less than an hour. There is zero hospitalization involved, and you will be back on your feet with very little downtime.

Understanding the EVLA Procedure

EVLA involves a very simple, minimally-invasive procedure:

  1. Numbing of the skin and tissue around damaged veins
  2. Small cut is made in the damaged vein area
  3. Tiny optic fiber is inserted in the cut area
  4. Laser is turned on
  5. Laser heats up and collapses damaged veins
  6. Cut is sewn up

Really, that is it.

And this treatment works because once your body has rid of the damaged veins, it is able to divert the blood flow back to your healthy veins. Over time, the veins that were collapsed during the procedure will be absorbed by your body.

How to Keep the Bad Veins Away

There are a few key elements of ensuring your vein treatment goes well so that you don’t find these veins popping up again.

Here are the things you need to be on top of to keep the veins away.


The only way for a vein specialist to truly determine your vein issues and come up with a proper treatment plan is for him or her to perform a screening.

Oftentimes damaged veins are not visible to the naked eye, and even if they are, the depth of the damage cannot be properly determined without an ultrasound.

Via that screening, your vein specialist will determine the best treatment plan.

These screenings will also be used post-procedure to ensure that your vein health is where it should be, and that you are properly healing.

Live a Healthy Life

One of the leading causes of varicose veins is a sedentary lifestyle. So is smoking and obesity.

These are all health choices people make on a daily basis, and just because you had your varicose veins treated does not mean they won’t come back if you find yourself falling into the darkness of a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, or massive weight gain.

Possibly the biggest key to keeping your varicose veins away post-treatment is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is something that you can work on your own, or can have your doctor help you come up with a plan to ensure you stay on track.

However, you achieve that healthy lifestyle, make it a priority. Otherwise, you’ll see those veins returning, and likely even worse than before.

Find a Good Doctor

The best thing you can do to treat your varicose veins is to find a local top-rated vein specialist to get you through the process, from the moment you show up for your consultation, to months after treatment and beyond.

When you have a vein specialist that knows what they are doing, you can trust them, and your chances of success are magnified exponentially.

Not only is it important that you find a specialist who utilizes the most advanced technology, it is also imperative that you find a vein specialist who has been trained in the area of varicose vein treatment, and who has performed enough of these surgeries to know yours will happen without any hiccups.

At Vein Clinics of America, physicians are trained to ensure that the highest of standards are met on a consistent basis. Before practicing any sort of work at VCA, our vein doctors go through a specialized training process that is supervised and very carefully monitored.

You can rest easy knowing that the doctors at VCA make up the United States’ largest network of certified phlebologists and that all of the physicians are required to meet Continuing Medical Education requirements as well pass an incredibly challenging and demanding exam.

To put a stop to your varicose vein pains today, give Vein Clinics of America a call. From the minute that you call our office, to months after your treatment, we will be there with you to make sure you and your veins get the best possible treatment with successful outcomes.

Concerned about your vein health?

Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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