Questions to Ask About Varicose Veins and Treatment

Questions to Ask About Varicose Veins and Treatment

Questions to Ask About Varicose Veins and Treatment

If you suffer from varicose veins, you know they are not only unsightly but also can be uncomfortable or painful as well. If you are considering getting treatment for varicose veins, here are some questions to ask about whether medical intervention is necessary and the different treatment options available.

What causes varicose veins? Can they get worse?

Venous insufficiency causes varicose veins. When the veins don’t function properly and fail to return the blood to the heart efficiently, the blood can pool and damage veins. It’s important to intervene early if you believe you have varicose veins to prevent them from becoming worse and more difficult to treat.

What are the risk factors?

Risk factors for developing varicose veins include pregnancy, oral contraceptives, smoking history, aging, congenital weakness in veins, obesity, a family history of vascular disease and a sedentary lifestyle. People who work in professions that require long periods of sitting or standing may be more at risk as well. Varicose veins is more common in women.

What can be done about my varicose veins?

Your doctor will start with conservative treatment methods such as advising you to exercise, avoid long periods of standing or sitting, elevating your legs while at rest and wearing compression stockings. 

What do I need to know about compression stockings? 

It’s important to know the different types of compression stockings that are available, where you can buy them and how long they should be able to help you with your condition. These provide symptomatic relief and, while they can’t stop varicose veins, they can slow the progression of them.

What procedures are best for varicose veins?

You have many options when it comes to procedures. Sclerotherapy consists of injecting a sclerosant into the diseased veins, causing them to close and stop carrying blood. Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery (ELAS), Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation and surgical stripping are other options.