Although varicose veins can be uncomfortable, most people try to avoid surgery until they are sure it is necessary. It can be difficult to know whether you should apply home remedies or discuss surgical options with a specialist. That is why anyone suffering from varicose veins or spider veins should know the signs that dictate treatment.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins or spider veins are enlarged and twisted veins usually visible in one or both legs. Since this condition is visible on the surface of the skin, people often view it as unsightly and feel uncomfortable exposing their bare legs. It can also cause various symptoms, including:
- Burning sensations
- Blood clots
- Ulcers and wounds
These symptoms are usually isolated near the area of your body where the problem is most noticeable.
Options in the treatment of varicose veins
When you suffer from uncomfortable varicose veins, you have several treatment options:
- Try home remedies
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT)
- Vascular surgery
If you haven’t tried any of the recommended options for home treatment, then it’s a good idea to see if any of these options will give you sufficient temporary relief. Home treatment options for varicose veins include:
- Wearing compression socks
- Elevate your legs often
- Exercise more
- Losing weight
The effectiveness of each of these methods varies greatly from person to person, so it is essential that you try a number of different options to see if one or more will work better for you. An option may also work better depending on the cause of your varicose veins, whether they are genetic or conditioned by the environment.
Signs that indicate you need surgery
Perhaps the most telling sign that you should consider surgery for your varicose veins occurs when you’ve already tried various home treatment options but are unable to find relief.
You may also choose to have surgery, even if you don’t have painful symptoms if the appearance of your varicose veins makes you generally uncomfortable all the time.
Finally, if you think you may need to have surgery to treat your varicose veins, you can see a healthcare professional for medical advice. If your doctor tells you that it is the right time for your surgery, you should follow their medical advice.
Don’t avoid surgery when you need it
While one in five adults suffers from varicose veins, many people delay the treatment they need for the wrong reasons. Some of the reasons include:
- I can’t afford cosmetic surgery
- it does not work
- It’s painful
- I can’t take time off
Despite the prevalence of these excuses, they are largely based on misinformation. For example, surgical treatments work well in about 80 to 93 percent of cases, and the procedure doesn’t take long.
If you are unsure if you would make a good candidate for varicose vein surgery, check for signs. You can also contact a clinic that offers treatment to find out more about your options.