Treatment of Varicose Veins


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There are various treatments for varicose veins, ranging from simple creams to surgery. If your varicose veins do not cause you any problems treatment is not necessary. However, if they cause discomfort, or if you are unhappy with your appearance as a result of varicose veins you may want treatment.

When to Get Treatment for Varicose Veins

You should seek treatment for your varicose veins if they are causing complications such as pain, bleeding, varicose ulcers, varicose eczema, or discolouration. You should speak to your GP about your problem, as they will be able to advise you on whether you can get NHS treatment.

If your varicose veins are causing you an aesthetic problem then you will not be able to get treatment on the NHS. However, treatment is still possible if you can afford to pay for private treatment.

Simple Treatments for Varicose Veins

There are some non- surgical treatments for varicose veins, which can help to relieve their symptoms. The most effective of these are compression stockings, which help to prevent blood from flowing backwards. These can relieve discomfort although they do not prevent further varicose veins.

There are also creams available that claim to treat varicose veins. These can be effective in combating dry or itchy skin as a result of varicose veins but cannot remove them or prevent further appearances.

Surgery for Varicose Veins

If your varicose veins are causing you discomfort, surgery can be done to remove the superficial veins that are causing your problems. There are different surgical options depending where your varicose veins occur. This can remove the problem veins but does not mean that you will not develop further varicose veins in the future.

Chemical Treatment for Varicose Veins

The chemical treatment for varicose veins is known as sclerotherapy. Injections are used to insert chemicals into the varicose veins. These cause the veins to close preventing blood from collecting in them. Liquid chemicals can be used for small varicose veins whereas larger veins require foam chemicals. After treatment, you will have to keep pressure on the area with either bandages or compression socks.

Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

Lasers can be used to close off your varicose veins. This is known as endovenous laser surgery. A laser will be inserted into your varicose vein to heat the walls. The damage this causes blocks the vein preventing the collection of blood in this area.

Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency ablation involves heating the wall of your veins using an electrical current. This causes damage to the vein, which closes it and prevents blood from collecting in the area.

Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy for Varicose Veins

A transillumiated powered phlebectomy is the most modern treatment for varicose veins. A light will be placed under your skin and the varicose veins will be removed through suction. This removes your problem area but the long- term results are unknown.

Choosing a Treatment for Varicose Veins

With so many treatments available, choosing the right one for you can be difficult. Your first step should be to research the treatments available so that you know what they involve. You should then seek medical advice to see which treatments are suitable for your problem. Once you have the advice you should consider the positive, and negative factors of each treatment.


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