There are a few different ways that you can treat your varicose veins. The first thing you should do is consult your physician to see what they recommend. You will desperately want to relieve the symptoms, and your doctor will work with you to see that it happens.
Unfortunately, sometimes new varicose veins will develop after the treatment, even after surgery. This is a chance that most patients are willing to take for the simple reason that the condition is so unsightly, painful, and frightening. These bulging veins can cause other symptoms, like itching, cramps during the night, heaviness, and tired legs.
Studies show that one in every three people in America suffer from varicose veins. They affect the back and inside of the legs. The veins grow big and lumpy and are often purple or blue. They occur when the veins are clogged and cannot send blood to the rest of the body correctly. This is often a result of weakening walls and valves that do not want to close properly.
Surgery is performed to remove varicose veins. The surgery does not stop the flow of blood through the legs by any means. There are many veins in the legs and they are all available for creating a healthy flow through the body. Healthy veins take over when unhealthy veins are not doing a good job. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis for those who are otherwise healthy.
There are two main types of surgery to treat varicose veins:
Vein stripping – This type of surgery consists of a cut or incision being made at the top of the inside of the leg, near the groin area. Another incision is made behind the knee or at the ankle, depending on the length and severity of the varicose vein. The vein is tied off and a probe is inserted to pull the vein out through the cut at the top of the leg.
Phlebectomy – This type of surgery is performed for smaller veins, such as the ones that branch off of larger, longer veins. Very small incisions are made through the length of the vein and a small hook is used to pull the pieces of vein out.
There are other types of surgical options, such as laser options and radiofrequency options, which both require a wire being run through the length of the vein and heat being used to seal it off. Your doctor will let you know which one is best for you and will discuss all the options with you.