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img Varicose Vein id EN All About Varicose Vein Treatment

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Varicose veins are veins that have become larger and have entangled with one another. They are unsightly and unwanted, and in more severe cases they can also be painful especially when standing for a while. There are a lot of treatment options available for varicose veins – from the most conservative methods, to the more active vein-stripping. Complications are rare, however, varicose veins that are severe and have been present for a long time may cause the legs to swell, or the skin to thicken. Ulceration and venous eczema may also be present.

Nonsurgical treatments

The non-surgical treatments of varicose veins include elevating the affected legs, exercise, wearing of compression stockings, and sclerotherapy. Here’s how these methods can alleviate the formation of varicose veins:

Leg elevation

–          By elevating the legs, you can provide temporary relief to painful varicose veins. Raising the leg above heart level enhances venous drainage, thereby improving circulation and reducing swelling. Maintaining leg raise of no more than 45 degrees for a total of twenty minutes is highly recommended for optimum results.


–          Obesity is a common factor contributing to the formation of varicose veins. Since the legs take most of the body’s weight, the heavier a person is would also mean more pressure is forced on his lower limbs. By maintaining a weight that is proportional to one’s height, a person is relieving his legs of undue pressure. If you believe you are overweight, it’s time to get up and shed those unwanted flab.

Compression stockings

–          These are elastic bands that exert pressure around the legs, thereby reducing the size to which the veins could distend. This pressure also helps increase venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness. There are two types of compression stockings: embolism and gradient.


–          Sclerotherapy has been a proven and tested method of removing varicose veins since the year 1930. It involves injecting a sclerosant (salt solution) straight into the vein, causing some lining irritation, swelling, and blood clotting. The procedure is short and easy, and doesn’t require hospital confinement; it only takes around 15 to 45 minutes, depending on how many veins are being treated. Generally, more than one session is required to complete the therapy. After every session, the patient may go home on his own or drive. Walking exercises are said to be recommended after therapy, however, caution should be observed as rigorous activity is to be avoided.

Surgical treatments

While varicose veins rarely require surgery, large ones may have to be removed surgically in a procedure referred to as phlebectomy. Like many other types of surgery, this requires the patient to be under general anaesthesia. In most cases, the patient may be discharged right after the procedure unless the surgery was done to both legs.

Ligation and stripping

This is the technique which many doctors use, where the veins in the affected leg will be tied and removed. Now, that may sound scary but the removal of such vein in your leg will not actually affect the blood circulation in that area as the deep-lying veins will replace its function.

About the Author: Cedric Loiselle is a passionate writer who consistently provides helpful information about health, beauty, and fitness. He recommends Southern Vein and Laser Institute as the best varicose veins treatment New Orleans has to offer.


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