Varicose Vein Treatment 101

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Varicose veins can be incredibly embarrassing. Fortunately, effective treatment for this condition is available. Below is some information to help you prepare for your first visit to a Florida Vein Doctor for varicose vein treatment.

 

Understanding Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that have become twisted and gnarled. They are often swollen and raised above the skin, and they tend to be dark blue or purple in color. Varicose veins are most commonly found in the legs.

In addition to their unsightly appearance, these abnormal blood vessels can cause various symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness
  • Weakness
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Itching

Varicose veins typically appear when the valves within the veins have stopped working properly. This causes a condition known as “venous reflux,” which leads to a buildup of blood and pressure within the affected veins.

Conservative Treatment

If you are suffering from the symptoms of varicose veins, you may be able to improve your condition with at-home treatments. Some conservative treatments that may alleviate symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Elevating the legs and feet
  • Losing weight, if necessary

However, these treatments will not effectively eliminate the condition for all patients.

Treatment at a Vein Center

If at-home treatments haven’t worked for you, more aggressive treatment may be available at a Tampa Vein Clinic. Two primary treatments are available for patients with varicose veins: endovenous laser treatment and ambulatory phlebectomy.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment is a procedure that employs ultrasound-guided laser energy to close off affected veins and redirect blood flow to healthier veins. This procedure requires only local anesthesia and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. In most cases, EVLT can be performed in a vein specialist’s office, and patients can return to their normal activities within one day.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a more invasive vein treatment procedure that involves the removal of varicose veins through small incisions in the skin. This procedure can also be performed in a vein specialist’s office with only minimal discomfort.

Seeking Treatment for Varicose Veins

If you are suffering from varicose veins, making an appointment for treatment is the first step to resolving your condition. Call United Vein Centers today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons.