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Vein Disease is Treatable: Ask Your Doctor About Unsightly Veins

by Jane Meggitt

If your bulging, gnarly varicose veins are causing discomfort, or if you make wardrobe decisions based on hiding them from view, it’s time to see a doctor. Varicose veins are often more than a cosmetic issue, and treatment is relatively straightforward.

Varicose Vein Issues

Sometimes, varicose veins are far more than unsightly. Make an appointment to have them checked out if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Heavy feeling or tired legs
  • Open sores on the legs

All of these symptoms indicate some sort of vein issue, and it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Aching, tired legs are early signs of vein problems, so don’t ignore these signs even if they are mild. Early, conservative treatment, such as exercise and wearing compression stockings, can prevent varicose vein development.

Genetic Predisposition

Varicose veins are highly heritable. If one of your parents suffered from varicose veins, you have a 50 percent chance of developing them. If both of your parents had varicose veins, you have just a 10 percent chance of not developing them. If any close family members have a history of bleeding disorders, your rates of coming down with a similar problem increase. That’s why it’s crucial to have a physician’s input early on if there’s a family history of vein issues.

Varicose Vein Treatment

These days, minimally invasive treatments allows varicose vein patients to have procedures done on an outpatient basis and get back to their normal activities relatively quickly. Minimally invasive varicose vein treatments include:

  • Endovenous laser ablation – laser therapy is used to close off a vein.
  • Radiofrequency ablation – the doctor uses heat therapy to close off a vein.
  • Sclerotherapy – a chemical is injected into the vein, causing it to close.

Some patients may require more than one treatment session.

Varicose Vein Treatment Recuperation

Patients can go home after minimally invasive varicose vein surgery. The procedures themselves seldom take longer than an hour. After treatment, the doctor will likely recommend wearing compression stockings for a certain time period Walking is recommended as exercise. Keep legs elevated while watching TV or otherwise sitting for long periods. Most varicose vein patients can resume normal activities, including other exercise and lifting, two to three weeks after treatment. As to when you can start wearing clothing to show off your varicose vein-free legs, that’s up to you.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein disease and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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