What Are the Best Ways to Treat Bulging Varicose Veins?

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By South Valley Vascular
December 16, 2021

Varicose veins develop when the valves in your legs fail at their job. Normally, your arteries carry oxygenated blood out to the body from the heart while your veins carry the blood back to the heart for oxygenation. Distance and gravity make it hard for the veins in your legs to bring blood back to the heart, but valves in your leg veins should prevent the blood flow from coming back down. When these valves fail, the blood flows back down, resulting in varicose veins. 

If you suffer from varicose veins, you have many treatment options. Your varicose vein treatment plan should be personalized based on your condition and your desired outcome. The surgeons at South Valley Vascular can help you to design a treatment plan.

Can Lifestyle Changes Make a Difference?

For patients with less severe varicose veins, lifestyle changes can help and may even be enough to slow down or even stop their progression.  

  1. Watch your weight.

          Evaluating your weight is one of the most important things that you can do to treat varicose veins. Carrying excess weight is hard on your veins, your arteries, and           your heart. 

  1. Take control of your day.

         Many workers spend hours sitting at their computers or standing in the same spot. Be sure to take a break every few hours and alter your position. When you get          home, relax in your recliner and elevate your legs. Doing this will help prevent varicose veins from forming and bulging.

  1. Reduce swelling.

         Swelling usually occurs in the feet, ankles, and legs. Water retention occurs when your body is feeling dehydrated and tries to hold onto fluid. To help as a varicose          vein treatment, walk for exercise, improve your diet, and drink more water. 

  1. Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.

         You may experience swelling, warmth, and pain from the inflammation in your body. Anti-Inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may reduce inflammation          and relieve some of the pain If over-the-counter brands do not provide relief, talk to your physician.

What Do Compression Socks Do?

Compression socks and stockings can be a big help for patients suffering from varicose veins. You can purchase them at a medical supply store or get a pair fitted for you with a physician’s prescription. The compression knitwear helps your leg muscles and veins do their job better. The constant pressure of varicose veins treatments helps your veins push the blood back to your heart. If you approach this problem early enough and use the stockings regularly, you may be able to postpone or eliminate the risk of future varicose vein damage.

What Are Minimally Invasive Treatments?

MITs are techniques that do not involve actual cutting, only a needle stick. Either a solution or a laser beam is injected into the vein that is causing the varicose vein problem. That vein usually dies within one to two weeks and the blood flow is naturally diverted to another vein.

How Are More Severe Cases Treated?

In more extreme cases of varicose veins, surgery may be necessary. Your doctor may suggest Vein Stripping, Saphenous Vein Ligation, Phlebectomy, Varicose Vein Excision, or Endovenous Laser Treatment. Visit  Vascular Vein Treatments on our website to learn more information about these vascular surgery treatments.

Your personalized varicose vein treatment plan will depend on many factors. The surgeons at South Valley Vascular will take the time to develop a treatment plan that is best for you. If you have varicose veins now or are concerned due to family history, give us a call 1-559-625-4118 or come to  South Valley Vascular Home Page to schedule an appointment.