The Different Types Of Treatment Options For Varicose Veins

by Milton Hayes

If you have varicose veins, you may be wondering what the different treatment options are to deal with the problem. By taking the time to learn more about the different kinds of treatment options, you can better understand what it will take to either cure or reduce the symptoms of varicose veins. With that thought in mind, here are the different ways that doctors will provide treatment for varicose veins:

Compression Stockings

In cases where the varicose veins have not developed extensively, and do not provide a serious amount of pain, then they can be treated in a non-intrusive way by wearing compression stockings. The drawback of this type of treatment is that you will need to wear compression stockings for the rest of your life. However, there are a variety of styles, shades and colours when it comes to compression stockings so you can find something which will match your tastes.

Another drawback of compression stockings is that during hot weather, they can be uncomfortable to wear. However, there are options that allow for a higher degree of breathability in order to reduce the effects of this problem. A doctor will assess what amount of compression your legs require, and will prescribe the right kind of compression stockings for you.

Radiofrequency Ablation

This type of treatment is required when the varicose veins condition has become too serious to be treated by compression stockings. During radio frequency ablation, the wall of the varicose vein will be heated up via radiofrequency radiation. A cut is made in order to reach the veins above or below the knee, depending on where the access to the vein is the easiest. Once the veins have been heated up, the walls of the veins will collapse, and the body will naturally divert blood flow to an alternative healthy vein. In order for this treatment to be pain-free, it is required to be done under anesthetic, and commonly you'll experience mild side effects of pins and needles afterwards. 


In the event that the treatments above do not work, then litigation and stripping, which is a surgical procedure can do the job of treating varicose veins. During the procedure, the veins that are unhealthy will be removed, and the blood flow will be diverted to the other healthy veins. You can expect the produce to be completed under local anesthetic, and overnight stay is a possibility, especially if both of your legs will be worked on.

For more information, contact a specialist like Timothy Wagner.