When a vein is a varicose or spider vein, it does not return to its normal state without treatment. However, some people either do not want to undergo these treatments or are unable to because of preexisting medical conditions. For these individuals, conservative treatment is often their only option.
Conservative treatment takes a non-surgical, non-invasive approach to diminishing the appearance of your veins. There are several aspects to conservative treatment options, outlined below:
- Compression stockings. These create pressure around the ankle and foot and this pressure decreases as it goes up the leg. Graduated compression restores healthy blood flow in your leg.
- Exercise. Movement of the leg muscles helps circulate blood through your veins. If your muscles are dormant or do not move, blood becomes stagnant and your legs will begin to swell. Exercising your legs every day helps prevent this blockage of blood circulation that makes your veins more prominent.
- Elevation. Elevate your legs above your heart level and in a reclining angle at least two or three times a day for 45 minutes per session. This will help restore normal blood flow to your legs, and help diminish the appearance of your veins .
Conservative treatment is suitable for persons suffering from venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and spider veins. Although conservative treatment does not fully treat vein conditions, it relieves mild symptoms. Furthermore, conservative treatment is the first step that insurance providers require before offering coverage for laser vein procedures or other advanced vein treatments.
In addition to conservative treatments, at STX Vein, we offer laser and endovenous treatment options. These additional treatment methods are outlined below:
- Sclerotherapy is mainly used for medium sized (reticular) veins or spider veins. The doctor injects the veins with a sclerosant (a solution that causes a reaction in the veins). When a patient is injected with a sclerosant, their diseased veins are reabsorbed and can no longer be seen. This procedure is used to solve diseased veins at an early stage and prevent future complications.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment – This procedure is minimally invasive. The diseased vein is sealed in place. The doctor anesthetizes the skin in your knee and inserts a laser fiber through a needle into the diseased vein. Laser light pulses are transmitted through the vein causing it to collapse.
- Endovenous Radio Frequency Ablation – This procedure is also minimally invasive. The skin in your knee is anesthetized before the doctor inserts a radio frequency catheter into the affected vein using a needle. The catheter transmits radio frequency energy that causes the vein to accumulate heat and collapse.
At South Texas Vein Institute, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of veins and vein disorders. Our medical team will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment for your needs. Contact South Texas Vein Institute today to schedule your consultation.