Varicose Veins – Should I Get Treated?

Symptoms Of Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins appear as purple or blue bulging or twisting veins, usually in the legs or the feet. Not all varicose veins will cause pain, but the condition generally worsens over time and other symptoms may develop including:

  • Aching or Heaviness
  • Burning, Itching, or Throbbing
  • Swelling or Skin Coloration
  • Bleeding or Ulcers

Should I Get Treated?

Since varicose vein symptoms can worsen, it may make sense to get treated now rather than waiting for complications. Traditional home remedies can bring relief from pain and other symptoms, but will not change the appearance of your varicose veins. These include exercise, compression stockings, and elevating your legs while resting. 

If home remedies do not provide relief or if you would like to change the appearance of your varicose veins, surgical treatment may be a better option. Minimally invasive surgeries can provide fast relief and can be completed in the doctor's office. These include Endovenous Laser Treatment, Ambulatory Phlebotomy, and Sclerotherapy.

  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is an alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery and is considered the gold standard for treating vein disease. A thin fiber is inserted into the damaged vein and then sealed off with a laser. 
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy is the removal of a vein through a small puncture in the skin. This procedure is done under local anesthesia and the patient is generally able to walk right after the procedure. 
  • Sclerotherapy is the injection of a special solution into smaller and spider veins. The solution will collapse and destroy the vein, but the procedure is virtually painless. 

Because varicose veins are surface veins, they account for a small portion of your blood flow. Patients do not have to worry about problems with blood flow after sealing or removing varicose veins, though potential side effects include minimal scarring, bruising, or blood clots. Most patients will have resumed regular activity with 24 hours.