Veins may bulge with pools of blood when they did not succeed to circulate the blood properly. These noticeable and bulging veins, called varicose veins, are found in both males and females, but it frequently affects women. It appears more commonly in the legs and thighs but can develop anywhere in the body. This unwanted “body art” can be caused by genetic tendency, Puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or taking estrogen, progesterone, and birth control pills.
Leading a sedentary mode of lifestyle and obesity are also the leading factors of varicose veins. It is important to treat varicose veins in time, otherwise, serious complications can arise.
Let’s tell you about the treatment options of varicose veins in detail here. The information will give you clarity as to which one is best for you depending upon the symptoms.
Treatment of Varicose Veins
Varicose vein treatment depends on the severity of the disease and whether the problem originates in the saphenous vein or the veins that branch off of that trunk. You may know the severity of the problem by ultrasound and then you’ll find the best treatment options available for you.
Here are some home or natural treatments that work effectively in curing mild varicose veins:
- Performing leg elevation exercises, regular walks, and avoid sitting in one position for a long time.
- Staying hydrated and eating a fiber-rich diet prevents the varicose veins from getting serious.
- Wearing compression stocking during the day reduces the throbbing pain of varicose veins
- Increase the intake of lycopene-rich foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, and papaya. Lycopene promotes the good health of the veins and slows down the damage process. (Also read: Foods to cure varicose veins)
The medical treatments available for varicose veins include:
Sclerotherapy: It involves injecting a solution straight into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. But it requires the doctor to carry out the procedure with accuracy to treat varicose veins completely. Improper injection can lead to complications later.
Also Read: Varicose Vein Treatment with Sclerotherapy
It is also known as vein ‘stripping’, Phlebotomy is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon makes small cuts near the damaged vein and removes the entire vein. Doctors at times do phlebectomy collectively with other procedures, like ablation.
Thermal ablation or Radiofrequency ablation (RFA):
Thermal ablation involves using a laser or radiofrequency energy to heat the inside of the vein. This procedure destroys the vein wall, the vein shrinks, and the body absorbs it over time. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) works well as a varicose vein treatment, but it may cause a little bruising and discomfort for some duration. In this method, we heat the vein to 200 degrees to destroy it, therefore, we need to numb the area around it with an anesthetic, which may cause some discomfort as well. Veins generally become less visible within one to two weeks. The procedure needs some local anesthesia, but some people get little pain after the procedure.
There are two similar non-thermal techniques:
Varithna is basically the same as thermal ablation but in this procedure, we use a potent drug instead of heat that destroys the vein more permanently.
In this method, glue is used to shut off the vein.
The advanced varicose veins treatment- Laser treatment
It is the advanced modern treatment for varicose veins that is based on the laser energy. The laser treatment makes no use of any cuts or incisions. The high-intensity laser energy is directed on the varicose vein to shut it off. It makes the entire process of laser treatment simple, effective and, precise.
Laser treatment is a daycare procedure that allows the patient to walk back home on the same day of the treatment. Being minimally invasive in nature, there is no sign of a wound, stitching, or scarring. This enables the patient to just recover in 3-5 days and carry on with the normal life routines.
If you want to know more about the laser treatment, you must get in touch with us at Pristym Care. Our doctors are highly skilled and experienced to perform the laser treatment. It is easy to book your online appointment with us and visit your nearby Pristyn Care clinic.