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What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Varicose Veins?

by April Maguire

If you have varicose veins, you probably want them gone. These unsightly, gnarled veins that rise up beneath the surface of the skin are eyesores, and they can cause pain and irritation as well. Currently, there are several different options for getting rid of varicose veins, but which one is the best? Let's take a look at some of the most popular treatments.

Three Common Treatments

Varicose veins are an incredibly common condition. In fact, tens of millions of Americans currently suffer from the condition. Given the widespread nature of the problem, it shouldn't come as a surprise that physicians have developed several different treatment options.

In general, three of the most popular treatments are ablation therapy, sclerotherapy and vein stripping. With ablation therapy, the doctor guides a thin wire through the affected vein. This wire emits heat in the form of laser waves or radiofrequency waves, and this heat seals off the vein. Similarly, during sclerotherapy a solution is injected into the vein that irritates the walls and causes the vein to collapse. Vein stripping, on the other hand, is a more serious surgical procedure that involves the doctor physically removing the affected vein.

So which treatment is best? Honestly, it depends on the severity of the situation. As you might expect, vein stripping is a more serious procedure and is predominately used on the great saphenous vein. Meanwhile, laser or radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy are minimally invasive and can be effective ways to treat most varicose veins.

Stopping Varicose Veins From Forming

Ideally, you should be able to avoid treatment altogether by stopping varicose veins from forming in the first place. To be fair, the greatest risk factor for varicose veins is family history. So if you're genetically predisposed to develop the condition, there may be very little you can do. But, in general, exercising regularly can help to stave off the formation of varicose veins by keeping your circulatory system running smoothly. Additionally, it's a good idea not to sit for long stretches of time, so get up throughout the day and walk around, if only for a few minutes at a time.

If you notice varicose veins starting to form, then buy a pair of compression stockings and wear them. These stockings will put pressure on the affected veins, which may stop the problem from getting worse and allow your body to heal the varicose veins itself.

Once the condition grows more serious, however, you should consult a doctor. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can cause a number of health issues, including increasing the risk of developing a life-threatening deep vein thrombosis. So if you have varicose veins, consult with a doctor in your area, and figure out the best course of treatment for you.

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

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