Lifestyle Changes

Examples of conservative options for addressing varicose veins, spider veins, or any type of venous insufficiency include making some reasonable lifestyle changes. Some examples are:

Change your diet: Practicing portion control, choosing healthier food options, and dining out at restaurants less are just a few of the ways you can change your diet. It’s no secret that weight loss can positively impact your overall health but losing excess weight can also significantly lessen the pressure on your legs veins in particular, resulting in improved blood flow.

Exercise more: Whether it’s walking for just 20 minutes a few times a week or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, finding ways to increase your body’s movement can help the blood circulate in your legs and throughout your body.

Alternate between standing or sitting often: Many people might be surprised to learn that prolonged periods of standing or sitting can negatively effect your vein health. Making a conscious decision to shift between sitting and standing greatly contributes to better blood circulation.

Wear looser-fitting clothing: Wearing tight clothes can hinder blood flow, especially in the groin, thighs, and waist areas. Clothing that allows you greater range of motion will not only add to your comfort but to your overall vein health.

Radiofrequency Ablation

In this method, a thin catheter is gently inserted into the vein through the skin. The catheter emits radio waves, which heat specific areas of the affected vein, causing it to close. The catheter is withdrawn and the healing process begins almost immediately. The closed vein is then reabsorbed into the body and the blood supply in that area is naturally rerouted through other, healthier veins.

Laser Ablation

Similar to radiofrequency ablation, a thin catheter is gently inserted through the skin into the affected vein. This catheter, however, is equipped with a laser, which heats the vein likewise causing it to close. After the catheter is withdrawn and the healing process begins, the closed vein is reabsorbed into the body and the blood supply in that area is naturally rerouted through other, healthier veins.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Often, this relatively minor surgical procedure is routinely conducted at the same time as a laser or radiofrequency ablation. This method is performed by first making tiny incisions that rarely ever require stitches to heal. The bulging vein is then extracted through these tiny incisions before the leg is bandaged and the healing process begins. As with the other methods, the body will naturally reroute the blood supply using other, healthier veins.

Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

In this method, the physician administering this treatment uses ultrasonongraphy sound waves to guide the procedure for maximum accuracy and safety. A foam medicine called a sclerosant is injected into the problem vein where it initiates a reaction that results in vein closure. Blood is then naturally rerouted through healthier veins while the body reabsorbs the closed vein.

Visual Sclerotherapy

This procedure is reserved strictly for spider veins, which are smaller than varicose veins and generally located closer to the skin’s surface.. Similar to ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, a medicine called a sclerosant is injected into the veins, initiating a reaction that causes them to close and be reabsorbed into the body. Unlike ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, however, this treatment is done without the need of imaging equipment, but is instead performed “visually” by a health professional. This treatment is not normally covered by insurance.