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A Guide to Comprehensive Treatment for Varicose Veins

Close-up photo of a medical professional wearing blue latex gloves inspecting the varicose veins on a patient's calves.

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue but a medical concern. If you are one of the many people who suffer from this condition, then you know the struggles of discomfort, pain, and insecurity that come with it.

While some people may seek treatment for aesthetic reasons, it's important to understand that neglecting varicose veins can lead to serious health risks. The good news is that with comprehensive treatment, you can minimize the symptoms and prevent complications.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are a medical condition resulting in swollen, twisted veins that often appear blue or purple in color and bulge out from the skin. Varicose veins typically occur in the legs and feet, as the pressure of standing and walking places strain on the veins. Symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Aching and pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Heaviness, itching, and burning
  • Restless legs
  • Ankle swelling
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Throbbing skin
  • Changes in skin color
  • Skin ulcers

Varicose veins are caused by weakened or damaged valves in the veins, which impair the blood flow and lead to blood pooling in the veins. The weakened valves can occur due to age, pregnancy, genetics, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle. Individuals who stand or sit for long periods of time without taking breaks to move around are also at risk for developing varicose veins.

The Health Risks Associated with Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. These complications include:

  • Blood clots
  • Skin ulcers
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which damaged veins are unable to efficiently transport blood from the legs to the heart, leading to swelling, pain, and fatigue. These risks are why it's crucial to seek treatment for varicose veins as soon as possible.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

There are several non-surgical treatments and lifestyle changes for those with varicose veins.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Here are some non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins:

  • Compression Stockings Therapy: helps leg muscles move blood up the leg to the heart and prevents superficial veins beneath the stocking from pooling with blood.
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation: uses a laser to gently heat and safely close the vein, which is eventually absorbed by the body.
  • Varithena Chemical Ablation: involves injecting a microfoam that causes veins to close.
  • Venclose Radiofrequency Ablation: uses radiofrequency heat to close and seal the saphenous veins.
  • Microphlebectomy (Ambulatory Phlebectomy): removes varicose veins that are at the surface of the skin
  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: treats veins that are too small or too twisted to treat with a laser.

At-Home Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Here are a few things you can do from the comfort of your own home to help you manage your varicose veins:

  • Get up and move around regularly throughout the day.
  • Avoid sitting or standing in one position for extended periods of time.
  • Elevate your legs whenever possible to reduce swelling and improve circulation.
  • Exercise regularly to strengthen your leg muscles and improve blood flow.
  • Wear compression stockings or socks to support your veins while you are on your feet.

By making these small changes in your daily routine, you can take control of your varicose veins and support your overall health and well-being. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about managing your condition at home.

3 Benefits of Comprehensive Treatment Plans

While each treatment option alone can provide benefits to those who suffer from varicose veins, comprehensive treatment plans, which include a combination of treatments, is the best way to maximize results.

1. Comprehensive Treatment Plans Address Underlying Causes

Individual treatments such as sclerotherapy and laser therapy can effectively treat varicose veins. However, they may only address the visible symptoms and not the underlying cause of the condition. This means that the varicose veins may return shortly after treatment, especially if the patient does not make the necessary lifestyle changes.

A comprehensive treatment plan addresses the underlying cause of the condition and not just the visible symptoms. By taking this approach, patients are less likely to experience a recurrence of the problem and can enjoy long-lasting results.

2. Comprehensive Treatment Plans are Tailored to Individual Needs

Every patient is unique, and the nature and severity of varicose veins can differ from person to person. A comprehensive treatment plan is tailored to individual needs and takes into account factors such as age, overall health, and medical history. This approach ensures that patients receive the appropriate treatment that suits their specific needs.

3. Comprehensive Treatment Plans Encourage Lifestyle Changes

A comprehensive treatment plan is not just about treating the visible symptoms of varicose veins, but it also encourages lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of future complications. For example, patients are advised to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting. Making these lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the severity and frequency of varicose veins and improve overall health.

Colorado’s Vein Specialist Can Help

Selecting the ideal medical provider to diagnose and address a potential venous issue can prove overwhelming for many patients. What variables should you factor in? What differentiates one physician from another? Whose intentions are truly motivated by your health and well-being?

At Albert Vein Institute, we strive to operate with the utmost transparency and honesty in all of our patient interactions. Our assurance to you is that we will never propose any testing or procedures unless we strongly believe that they will provide optimal outcomes for your specific case.

Founded in 2006, Albert Vein Institute has become Colorado’s “platinum standard” for vein care, receiving national recognition for ongoing excellence. Devoted exclusively to the care of venous issues, Albert Vein Institute has treated thousands of patients. James D. Albert, M.D., RPVI, FAVLS, is a national expert on venous disease and has published more than 60 articles in major medical journals.

Schedule your consultation with our Colorado Springs & Lone Tree vein specialists. Contact us in Colorado Springs at (719) 888-3227 and in Lone Tree at (303) 857-5111.