You don’t necessarily need to treat your varicose veins if they aren’t causing any discomfort. However, you may choose to remove varicose veins on your legs:
- To ease associated symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and discomfort
- To treat complications like swelling, skin discoloration, and leg ulcers
- For cosmetic purposes if you’re self-conscious and feel the need to keep your legs covered
If your doctor determines that you need treatment, 12 weeks of self-care may be recommended before the veins can be treated through minimally invasive procedures. Home care involves:
- Exercising regularly
- Managing your weight
- Use of compression stockings
- Elevating your legs when resting – sitting or lying down
- Avoid standing for prolonged periods
In the event that your varicose veins require further treatment, or if the symptoms are making you uncomfortable, your doctor can help you find the right treatment depending on your overall health, as well as the position, size, and severity of your varicose veins.
The Best Treatment for Varicose Veins
Lifestyle changes are arguably the best treatment for varicose veins. This is because varicose veins are likely to appear for the rest of your life. Even if you treat the troublesome ones, others will likely appear in future if you don’t make an effort to suppress them with proper at-home care.
For immediate results, your doctor may recommend endovenous laser treatment. According to a 2014 publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, endovenous treatment is the best way to treat varicose veins. It is not only minimally invasive, but the procedure is also very fast (less than one hour), has reduced downtime, and is unlikely to lead to complications compared to other treatments.
It is best to discuss your options for your specific case with your surgeon.