Treatment of Varicose Veins

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Treatment for varicose veins usually doesnt mean a hospital stay or a long, uncomfortable recovery. Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about varicose vein treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When an individual has varicose veins, the veins do not work well, causing the blood to pool in the lower legs and feet. Symptoms include heavy, tired or achy legs and, in severe cases, skin discoloration and sores.

Treatment for varicose veins may include wearing compression stockings. These special socks fit tightly over the legs and ankle and can be used for symptom relief. Most patients require the stockings for some time, so it is best if they are custom fit based on leg size.

Other therapies include

Microphlebectomysmall incisions are made in the skin allowing for the removal of varicose veins just below the skins surface.

Sclerotherapya solution is injected into the vein causing it to scar down and visibly fade.

Radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation Heat is used to destroy the vein and the vein quickly disappears. And,

Vein-stripping surgery A surgeon makes small incisions in the groin area and below the knee to remove the major culprit vein connecting these two areas.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.