Varicose veins are not only a cosmetic concern but can also cause discomfort and health issues. For many, they may not love the look of what snake veins are doing to their body, typically their legs. But over time, the longer they are around and the larger the snake veins are, the more uncomfortable they are to become. It is not a fun or ideal health concern to deal with for anyone. Below are some of the treatment options that can help with your overall leg health along with their appearance.
Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking or swimming, can improve circulation and strengthen the leg muscles. This helps in preventing and managing varicose veins. Just simply adding 20 to 30 minutes a day or walking can be very beneficial for your leg health and overall health.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Excess weight places additional pressure on the veins, particularly in the legs. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk and severity of varicose veins.
Elevating Your Legs: Elevating your legs whenever possible, especially at the end of the day, can help alleviate symptoms by facilitating blood flow back to the heart.
Compression stockings are a non-invasive option for managing varicose veins. These special elastic stockings provide graduated compression, exerting the most pressure at the ankle and gradually decreasing as they move up the leg. This helps push blood upward, preventing it from pooling in the veins. Compression stockings are available in various strengths and lengths, and they can be used to relieve discomfort and reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a solution directly into the affected veins. This solution causes the vein to close and ultimately fade away. It is a highly effective treatment for smaller varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, and patients can return to their regular activities soon after.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
EVLA is a minimally invasive treatment for larger varicose veins. During this procedure, a laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a small incision. The laser energy seals the vein shut, and blood is naturally rerouted to healthier veins. EVLA is known for its high success rate and minimal post-procedure discomfort.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation is another minimally invasive option that uses radiofrequency energy to heat and close off the affected vein. Like EVLA, it redirects blood flow to healthier veins. RFA is particularly effective for larger veins and has a quick recovery time.
Surgical Ligation and Stripping
For severe cases of varicose veins, surgical procedures like ligation and stripping may be necessary. Ligation involves tying off the affected vein, while stripping entails removing it. These surgeries are typically performed in a hospital or surgical center and may require a longer recovery period compared to minimally invasive options.
Endoscopic Vein Surgery
This surgical procedure is reserved for advanced cases in which the varicose veins cause skin ulcers or other complications. It involves using a thin tube with a camera to visualize and treat the veins.