Not everyone with varicose veins will require treatment for their condition, although there are some instances when treatment may be necessary:
- To ease symptoms: If your varicose veins are causing you pain or discomfort
- To avoid complications: You require treatment if your varicose veins cause you to develop complications, such as leg ulcers, swelling or skin discoloration
- For aesthetic reasons: Despite having no symptoms, some people want their varicose veins removed for aesthetic reasons
If your varicose veins do require treatment, the type of treatment you will receive will depend on the position, size and severity of your varicose veins as well as your general health. There are various treatment options and our vascular surgeon will be able to advise you of all your options.
- Non-invasive treatments
Compression stockings: Also known as support stockings are a conservative remedy for varicose veins. They come in an assortment of colors and sizes and are specially designed to squeeze your legs to improve circulation. They could also help relieve discomfort, pain and swollen legs
Supporting stockings come in different sizes and colors. Compression stockings are specially designed stockings, which steadily squeeze your legs to help improve your circulation. They may help to relieve the associated pain, discomfort or swelling in your legs. It is essential that the supporting stocking ﬁts you correctly, so your doctor will need to measure your legs in several areas to find the correct size.
Medication: You could be given medicine for varicose veins that will work to minimize the symptoms and improve the general venous condition.
Endo-Venous Laser Treatment (EVLT):
EVLT is a type of laser treatment for varicose veins performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic, with the following advantages:
- Maximum patient comfort
- Minimal disruption; patients can resume normal activities soon after
- Minimal pain, bruising and swelling compared to varicose vein surgery
- Proven medical and aesthetic results
The process is that the problem vein is punctured and laser ﬁber is inserted into it. The laser energy is used to ablate (destroy) the vein, and blood is redirected to healthier deep veins instead. The old vein fades away and is reabsorbed into the body.
Liquid Injection Sclerotherapy This treatment is effective for removing small-sized varicose veins, usually for purely aesthetic purposes. A special chemical is injected into the veins, using a small needle to scar and seal the veins
Foam Injection Sclerotherapy This technique can treat larger veins than liquid sclerotherapy can
Skin-type Laser Treatment Very strong bursts of light penetrate the skin to target the problem vein. This will cause the vein to gradually fade and disappear.
- Varicose vein surgery:
Mini–phlebectomy This option, also known as an ambulatory phlebectomy is less invasive than vein litigation. It is an outpatient procedure done under local anesthetic and which removes superficial veins, segment by segment, through incisions in the skin so small that they do not need stitches. This technique can be done on its own or alongside EVLT.
Vein ligation and stripping Sometimes varicose vein removal is necessary, which is done surgically under general or spinal anesthesia, usually with an overnight hospital stay. As the name of the procedure implies, the problematic veins are tied off and removed.
If you’re have any questions about varicose veins treatment or you are wondering how to remove varicose veins for medical reasons, or how to get rid of varicose veins for aesthetic reasons, varicose veins prevention, how to treat varicosevein pain, or any other vein-related complaint, our excellent vascular surgeon will be able to help you.