Modest lifestyle changes can sometimes help you control the symptoms and progression of varicose veins. When pain or appearance worsens, or the condition progresses, your doctor may suggest an interventional procedure or surgery.
Your doctor may recommend that you exercise, elevate your legs and/or wear compression stockings to relieve pain and help prevent the progression of varicose veins.
Procedures and Surgery
Varicose veins are a condition that can be treated through a number of different procedures. Most are performed minimally invasively on an outpatient basis. Your doctor will work with you to determine which of the following procedures are best for you:
- Sclerotherapy is performed by a surgeon who injects a chemical into the vein to shrink it.
- Ablation destroys vein tissue using a heated catheter. This procedure is performed by a vascular surgeon.
- Laser treatments are performed by a vascular surgeon who uses laser energy to destroy vein tissue.
- Other possible procedures/surgeries may include: vein stripping, or the surgical removal of the saphenous vein in the leg.