Varicose veins are unsightly veins that become twisted and often accompany swelling and discoloration when they are severe. These can lead to blood clots and pain, especially when lifestyle habits remain the same.

Lifestyle Changes To Prevent Varicose Veins

Veins, like all life habits, are often something that change with aging and having an physically inactive lifestyle.  There are several things you can add to your daily routine that can help prevent varicose veins.

Lifestyle changes that help:

  • Improving your leg strength by exercising.
  • Refraining from crossing your legs for long periods of time.
  • Elevating your legs whenever you’re resting or sleeping.
  • Avoiding standing for extended periods of time.
  • Avoiding excessive exposure to the sun.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.

If lifestyle changes do not help alleviate the pain of varicose veins or if your pain becomes more severe, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure.  Sometimes unhealthy veins can be caused by health issues like diabetes or other inherited.  When these become a daily struggle and begin affecting your self esteem, developing some useful habits can help prevent varicose veins from forming.  Popular preventive options for keeping blood flow evenly distributed includes wearing compression stocking, getting minimal vein surgeries to name a few.  Other vein treatment options may be sought out when varicose veins become severe and unsightly.

Compression Methods for Improving Circulation & Vein Health
Compression is used when the doctor gives the patient a special pair of paintyhose or stocking.  The way compression works is by applying pressure over the areas that suffer from varicose veins so that the blood can flow more easily to the heart.  These stockings place pressure on the legs.

Medical Problems Associated With Unhealthy Veins
In some cases varicose veins can lead to blood clots and chronic inflammation.  Varicose veins can also lead to sores or ulcers on the legs.  In severe cases, veins could rupture.  They may then suggest taking a more aggressive approach, such as surgery or laser treatments.

Lasers and Radiofrequency Vein Treatments
Other treatment options for varicose veins use radiofrequency or lasers to remove the veins or seal off blood flow.  Such procedures may cause bruising or swelling immediately afterward.  But with time, they improve the appearance of the legs. You should always talk to your doctor about your treatment options and the risks before choosing a method.

Surgical Procedures  & Vein Treatments
The least common surgical procedure performed for varicose veins is called vein stripping, which is an operation that is used to remove the varicose veins through incision of the veins. Vein-stripping surgeries is less common due to newer, less invasive options available today.  

The most modern vein surgeries and vein treatments available for varicose veins include:

    Laser ablation is a process in vein therapy that removes material from a liquid surface by irradiating it with a laser beam. This is performed at a low laser flux and the material is heated by the absorbed laser energy, then evaporates or sublimates.
    The VNUS Radiofrequency (RF) therapy is a minimally invasive procedure where the doctor performing the procedure inserts a very small catheter into the vein and delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing the vein to shrink, collapse, and seal shut.
    This minimally invasive procedure is used to treat spider veins. A solution of various concentrations, called tetradechol, is injected into the vein.
    Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anesthesia.

To learn more about the vein services offered in your area, contact the Vein Centre today at 615.269.9007 to get your free consultation!