Varicose Veins Treatments

Can They Be Treated?

Yes, varicose veins can be treated—and quite effectively. Fortunately, treatments usually don’t require a hospital stay or a long, uncomfortable recovery. Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis.

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Self-Care

Self-care activities—such as exercising, losing weight, not wearing tight clothes, elevating your legs, and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting—can ease pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse.

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Compression Stockings

Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach to try before proceeding to other treatments. Compression stockings are worn all day. They steadily squeeze your legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. The amount of compression varies by type and brand.

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Medical Procedures

Medical procedures are done either to remove varicose veins or to close them. Removing or closing varicose veins usually doesn’t cause problems with blood flow because the blood starts moving through other veins.

Types of procedures:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Microsclerotherapy
  • Laser surgery
  • Endovenous ablation therapy
  • Endoscopic vein surgery
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy
  • Vein stripping and ligation