Varicose veins are unsightly and can cause discomfort, a problem that can be hidden by wearing long pants. Changing your wardrobe may be the last option you want to pursue, but vein problems are not something that you should be consigned with for the rest of your life. Surgery can remove varicose veins and get you back wearing shorts or a skirt. Here’s what you need to know before, during and after surgery to remove varicose veins.
Consult With Your Physician
Well before surgery is scheduled you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. In fact, it may be the required step to take before your insurance company allows for a referral.
Discuss with your physician your concerns.
If the varicose veins are unsightly, that is one thing. But, if these veins are causing you physical pain, are bleeding or are red, then an underlying medical problem may be apparent. Do not try to guess what the problem is — make an appointment with your doctor today.
Take Personal Steps Immediately
There are a few things you can do now to get relief. First, if you are inactive, get off the couch or your easy chair and begin to move around. If you have a job that requires much sitting, elevate your legs as much as possible. Get up and walk around briefly several times each hour.
Second, lose weight. Any poundage above your normal weight can cause varicose veins. If you are obese, that makes for even more pressure. Work with your doctor to institute a weight loss program, beginning the process as soon as possible. Look for an accountability partner to help you maintain your diet and combine these efforts by exercising more often.
Third, wear support hose socks. Special socks to combat varicose veins should be worn. Also known as compression stockings , you get an added level of support much like an extra muscle supporting your legs. Compression stockings relieve pressure and are available in different compression levels depending on your needs.
Fourth, stay out of the sun. If you are fair-skinned and suffering from spider veins, a cousin to varicose veins, you should know that your face or cheeks may be affected. Always protect yourself from sun exposure by applying sunscreen and wearing a wide brimmed hat.
Consult With a Surgeon
If your varicose vein problem does not improve, then surgery may be necessary. Surgery usually follows after other options have failed including sclerotherapy and surface laser treatments that may have already been tried. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid chemical into the vein to provide relief. Surface laser treatment makes use of heat to handle your varicose veins.
Surgery typically is used as a last resort, to treat the largest kinds of varicose veins. PIN stripping, surgical ligation and stripping, and ambulatory phlebotomy are among the options that Premier Vein Institute and other surgeons may discuss with you.
With several options to pursue, your varicose vein problem can be overcome. Keep in mind that there is no quick solution for varicose veins and that various treatment methods should be pursued ranging from the non invasive to the invasive. Your physician will discuss with you your options and refer you to a specialist as needed. Even following successful surgery there is always a chance that additional varicose veins will appear. That can happen if you are a woman and get pregnant, are experiencing hormonal changes, or have a family history of varicose veins. Nothing can be done about your DNA, but constant vigilance and the possibility of future surgery can keep you looking and feeling your very best.