If you have varicose veins, it is not always necessary to receive treatment. In fact, if your varicose veins are not causing any discomfort or unease, then there is usually no need for you to undergo any treatment such as radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins.
Nonetheless, others might require or want treatment, regardless of whether that is from a medical standpoint or simply for aesthetic purposes. In this blog, we will explore the different types of treatment for varicose veins and how they work.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are referred to as swollen, blue or dark purple veins that are prominently on the legs and feet. They might appear lumpy or twisted, close to the skin’s surface. Other symptoms to be aware of include:
- Aches and discomfort in the legs
- Swollen ankles and feet
- Throbbing or burning sensation in legs
- Thin and dry skin over the varicose vein
Varicose veins develop as a result of weak or damaged valves inside the veins that cause the blood flow to build up in the vein. This makes the vein appear enlarged.
Varicose Veins Treatment
As mentioned previously, treatment may not be necessary. However, if your doctor deems that your varicose veins require treatment, then you might be advised to:
- Wear compression stockings
- Regularly exercise
- Elevate your leg when sitting or lying down
If symptoms persist, your doctor might recommend one of the following:
- Surgical removal – under general anaesthetic, the affected veins will be ligated and removed
- Endothermal ablation and/or sclerotherapy – radiofrequency ablation is used to heat and seal the varicose veins, closed with a special foam; local anaesthetic is utilised and is generally less invasive than surgery
Depending on your specific circumstances and your own preferences, which varicose treatment is best for you might not be the same for someone else. As a result, it’s crucial that you consult closely with your doctor about your needs.
At Lumina Interventional Radiology, we offer radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins as a type of treatment for patients who wish to ease symptoms and treat complications. Get in touch with us today for a consultation on how we can proceed with treating your varicose veins.