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How to Prevent and Treat Varicose Veins?

Around 25% of adults have varicose veins. It is a form of a venous disease that is usually benign and harmless, however, can be threatening in the long run. Last 2012, a 66-year old woman died due to excessive bleeding of the varicose veins. Thus, as early as now, you should be conscious of venous diseases and perform preventive measures to avoid acquiring varicose veins.

Lifestyle Change

Lifestyle change or simply being conscious of how you do things is the best prevention. This can delay varicose veins from forming, reduce pain, and prevent varicose veins from getting worse.

  • Avoid standing for long periods of hours without taking a break. However, if standing is part of your routine, make sure that you move or walk every single minute.
  • Sitting also promotes varicosities. When you sit, avoid crossing your legs.
  • When you lie on the bed, make sure to raise or elevate your feet and legs above your heart level to promote proper blood flow.
  • Avoid wearing super tight clothes, especially tight underwear and shorts that affect the blood flow in your waist, groin, and legs.
  • If you are obese or overweight, it’s time for you to lose weight.
  • Exercise regularly. It will improve your blood circulation.

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Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is one effective way of improving blood circulation. It can be done through wearing compression stockings, socks or tights. It promotes proper blood circulation in the veins. However, not all are advised to undergo compression therapy. One must be evaluated through Doppler investigation.

Medical Procedures

There are also various medical and surgical procedures available that remove or close varicose veins and allow healthy blood circulation in the body.

Sclerotherapy

This procedure uses a liquid chemical to close off varicose veins. The chemical irritates the varicose vein, causing it to scar and gradually close off.

Microsclerotherapy

If sclerotherapy is used to close off varicose veins, microsclerotherapy uses the same procedures but targets the smaller ones – spider veins.

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Laser Surgery

Basically, laser surgery makes use of laser light energy to remove varies veins. It does not involve the injection of chemicals or cutting.

Endovenous Ablation Therapy

In this procedure, the doctor will make a tiny cut in your skin and insert a device that will heat up the inside of the varicose vein through radio waves, causing it to close off.

Endoscopic Vein Surgery

This procedure is used in severe cases when varicosities are causing skin ulcers. The doctor will make a cut into your skin and insert a device that has a camera and surgical device to close off the varicose veins.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

To do this procedure, the doctor will numb the area around the varicose vein. He will then make a cut in your skin and manually remove the varicose veins.

Vein Stripping and Ligation

During the operation, the patient will be put to sleep. The doctor will then make tiny cuts in your skin and remove the varicose veins.

Transilluminated-powered phlebectomy

This new treatment uses endoscopic transilluminator to see the veins underneath your skin. The surgeon will remove the varicose veins through a suction device.