If you happen to be one of those people looking forward to winter so you can cover up your legs without drawing attention to yourself when it’s 90 degrees, we get it. You’re just happy that you can hide those unsightly varicose veins. If you want to show off your legs whenever you want, you might be interested in finding out what’s the best way to remove varicose veins.
You’ve Tried Suggested Treatment Without Success
If you have been living with these blue and purple bulges in your legs for awhile, most likely you’re tried things like the following:
- Wearing compression stockings
- Elevating your legs whenever possible
- Avoiding long periods of being on your feet or sitting
If these first step treatments have not helped, it may be time to look further and find the best way to remove varicose veins.
Best Treatments For Venous Insufficiency
Many varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency. This occurs when the valves in blood vessels don’t function properly, and blood which should be moving forward towards the heart backs up and pools in the legs.
If you have been procrastinating about medical treatment for your varicose veins because you think surgery is the only option, it is not. There are several minimally invasive ways to get rid of your varicose veins. Mayo Clinic mentioned several treatment options for varicose veins, but we have listed two of the most common and successful treatment.
This treatment comes from the word sclero meaning “hard,” and therapeia meaning “healing.” During this minimally invasive treatment, hardening agents in a foam are injected into the varicose veins. This results in scar tissue forming inside the veins. The blood flow is blocked and the varicose veins shrink and disappear.
This works best for small blood vessels close to the surface, but not recommended for a pregnant woman, or anyone who has kidney disease, HIV, or leukemia.
Radiofrequency Vein Ablation
A catheter is inserted into the varicose vein giving it heat energy which permanently closes it. Only a local anesthetic is needed, and there is no pain nor does it leave a scar.
A Telling And Welcome Study
A recent study looked at comparing laser ablation, surgery, and sclerotherapy on 800 patients for five years. They learned the following:
- Sclerotherapy and ablation have less downtime compared to surgery.
- Ablation is the most cost-effective option.
- Nonsurgical treatments provide great success.
- No hospital stay is needed.