When you have varicose veins, there isn’t just one option when it comes to the treatment you choose. There are many different paths you can take towards healthy veins and good looking legs. You can consider natural treatments for the veins as well as medical procedures. Sometimes a combination of both is used. It depends on the patient and the possibilities depending on the disorder.

Lets take a look at the difference between natural treatments for veins and medical treamtments:

Natural Methods to Treat Varicose Veins

There are several approaches you can consider when looking at the natural ways to treat varicose veins. They address changes to your lifestyle and work habits, as well as what you wear. One of the more common methods is to purchase and wear support stockings. These are referred to as elastic compression stockings.

Elastic Compression Stockings

Elastic compression stockings are beneficial for treating your varicose veins in two related ways. They externally support the affected vein walls. By compressing the veins, the stockings provide the walls with increased strength. The blood is therefore prevented from pooling inside the vessels. At the same time, the stockings act to control any swelling of the legs.

If you and your doctor decide you need this type of stockings, be sure you buy them from a reputable source. You will also need to replace them once every 4 to 6 weeks. It is also important that you remember that the stockings are not a cure. More often than not, your vein specialists will recommend them as part of another treatment. By employing them in this fashion, you substantially reduce the risk of potential complications arising from other procedures.

There are other natural methods employed to handle varicose veins and other related health problems. They involve changing your general lifestyle and habits. Among the most common are:

  • Weight reduction
  • Become physically active
  • Avoid standing on your feet for a long time
  • Avoid tight clothing and high heels
  • Sleep and sit with your legs raised
  • Refrain from hormone treatment, as it may be a causal actor
  • Stop smoking

Medical Treatments for Varicose Veins

All these ways are natural methods of reducing the incidence of developing varicose veins. Adopting them can also act as a means of reducing the advancement of existing ones.

Non-Invasive Surgery

Surgery is no longer the scary word it once was. When it comes to treating varicose veins, most medical procedures are non-invasive. They can be performed down in the clinic and you can go home the same day. Basic types of varicose vein surgery include:

  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ligation and Stripping

Only litigation and stripping can be considered invasive surgery. Yet, even today, it is no longer as invasive or painful as it once was.

When it comes to figuring out the right varicose vein treatment, you have options. While natural methods and procedures can prove to be effective, it might be better for you to consider a combination of treatments. Before you decide one way or the other, talk to a specialist in this field. They can provide you with guidance and information that will make matters and methods clearer.

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Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 11,000 vein-related procedures annually. Same-Day appointments and multi-lingual team members standing by to assist.