Varicose Veins Treatment

Varicose Veins TreatmentFor a number of people varicose veins, which are sometimes called spider veins, are only a cosmetic concern. For others however, varicose veins cause discomfort and aching. In some cases, varicose leg veins may be a clue to an increased risk of circulatory problems. Treatment of varicose veins includes some self-care and also procedures by your Cartersville, GA doctor to remove or close the veins.

Self-Care and Home Remedies

To ease your varicose veins pain and prevent them from getting worse avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time. Also make sure to elevate your legs, exercise, lose weight, and wear loose clothing. Additionally, your doctor may suggest that you wear compression stockings, which steadily apply pressure and squeeze your legs. This compression helps your leg muscles and veins transport blood more effectively.

Additional Treatments

If after trying to treat your varicose veins yourself you are still experiencing pain, your physician may recommend one of several types of treatments.

  1. Sclerotherapy : Sclerotherapy is done in your doctor’s office. Your physician will inject your affected veins with a solution that is designed to scar and eventually close the veins. After a few weeks, the veins should fade.
  2. Vein stripping. Through small incisions in an outpatient procedure, vein stripping removes a long vein.
  3. Ambulatory phlebectomy: Through a series of small skin punctures, your doctor removes smaller varicose veins.
  4. Endoscopic vein surgery: This procedure is done in advanced cases involving leg ulcers whereby your vascular surgeon inserts a thin video camera to view and close varicose veins, which are then removed through tiny incisions.
  5. Catheter-assisted procedures: Usually performed on larger veins, your physician will insert a catheter that heats at the tip. The heat causes the vein to collapse, seal shut, and be destroyed.

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