Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, dilated, and twisted veins that appear on the legs and feet. Although they commonly appear on the legs, they can also affect other body veins. These veins occur due to irregular blood flow and are blue or purple in color. Besides the unsightly appearance, varicose veins also cause pain, discomfort, itching, etc. Moreover, patients also complain of swollen and heavy legs, causing restlessness and sleeplessness. Fortunately, you can get rid of these abnormal veins using different surgical and non-surgical varicose vein removal techniques.
Table of Contents
- 1 Causes and Risk Factors
- 2 Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- 3 Treatment Options
- 4 Varicose Veins Results – Before and After Treatment
- 5 Varicose Veins FAQ’s
- 5.1 How can I get rid of varicose veins without surgery?
- 5.2 What foods are bad for varicose veins?
- 5.3 What is the most effective treatment for varicose veins?
- 5.4 What is the average cost to remove varicose veins?
- 5.5 Is it worth getting varicose veins removed?
- 5.6 Which exercises are best to prevent varicose veins?
- 6 Get in Touch with Our Specialists
Causes and Risk Factors
The primary cause of varicose veins is damage to the vein valves. Due to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), blood collects inside the veins and pumps out within the skin. Some of the blood even goes down in the legs instead of going up to the heart. As a result, the blood keeps collecting in the veins, causing them to swell and ache.
Besides the primary reason, some external factors can also increase the risk of varicose veins. Some other risk factors and causes of varicose veins are:
- Gender (women are more likely to have varicose veins)
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Excessive inactivity
- Hormonal imbalance
- Prolonged standing
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
It is essential to identify the symptoms of varicose veins before undergoing proper varicose veins treatment. Some common signs and symptoms of varicose veins are:
- Change in color or shape of the veins
- Swollen legs
- Numbness in lower legs
- Leg pain
- Muscle cramps in lower legs
- Tiredness, burning sensations or throbbing in the legs
- Itching around the veins
- Skin discoloration around the veins
- Leg ulcers
Although non-invasive treatments, home remedies, and lifestyle changes can help relieve some symptoms of varicose veins, proper treatment is essential. There are different surgical and non-surgical varicose vein removal treatments available to get rid of these unsightly veins.
Some common varicose vein treatment options are explained below:
Although most people avoid undergoing varicose veins surgery, surgery may be the only solution in some cases. Some common vein surgery options are as follows:
Surgical Vein Stripping
This surgical varicose vein removal option is used for treating larger varicose veins. The surgeon removes the varicose veins by making small incisions at the ankle, knee, and groin in this technique.
Endoscopic Perforator Vein Surgery
This surgery is performed only when varicose veins cause severe complications, like leg ulcers. The surgeon inserts a small camera into the skin through a small incision in this surgery. This camera helps them see, cut, and close off damaged veins in the leg.
Most people prefer non-surgical and non-invasive options for treating chronic venous disorders, like varicose veins. Some common non-invasive varicose veins removal options are as follows
Simple Laser Treatment
In a laser vein removal treatment, controlled laser beams are used to target varicose veins. The expert uses an advanced laser device and sends pulses of light energy to the varicose veins. These controlled bursts of energy cause the abnormal veins to disappear. The laser treatment helps remove smaller varicose veins closer to the skin surface.
Endovenous Thermal Ablation
The endovenous ablation treatment is a minimally invasive technique used to treat larger varicose veins. An expert inserts a catheter with a laser fiber into the vein. They apply heat through the catheter, making the vein contract and collapse. As a result, the blood flows through nearby healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure for varicose veins treatment that uses an injection. An expert injects a medicated solution into the veins, causing them to scar and close from the inside. This treatment is suitable for small to medium varicose veins and may require multiple sessions for the desired results.
Radiofrequency can also help treat larger varicose veins. An expert inserts a catheter into the vein and uses radiofrequency energy to heat the vein. As a result, the vein seals collapses and disappears over time.
Varicose Veins Results – Before and After Treatment
Varicose Veins FAQ’s
How can I get rid of varicose veins without surgery?
A number of non-surgical and non-invasive options are available for treating varicose veins, including laser varicose veins treatment, sclerotherapy, radiofrequency, and thermal ablation.
What foods are bad for varicose veins?
If you have varicose veins, please avoid eating sugary and salty food items as well as refined carbohydrates. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and fried food items.
What is the most effective treatment for varicose veins?
Although surgical treatments provide the best results for varicose veins removal, most people want to avoid surgeries. Sclerotherapy and laser treatments are excellent non-surgical alternatives for such people.
What is the average cost to remove varicose veins?
The cost of removing varicose veins varies from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of the veins, skin type, and condition, treatment technique, desired result, etc.
Is it worth getting varicose veins removed?
If your varicose veins do not cause any physical discomfort, you may not need to remove them. However, getting varicose veins removed is worth it for those who experience physical discomfort and pain due to these unsightly veins.
Which exercises are best to prevent varicose veins?
Some varicose veins can disappear with proper exercise. The most beneficial exercises for varicose veins are walking, running, swimming, cycling, yoga, rebounding, leg lifts, calf raises, and ankle rotations.
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