When varicose veins are causing aches, itchiness and unpleasant swollen bulges, treating the condition is generally the best course of action. For many years, in-hospital vein stripping was the only solution however we are lucky that these days, the technology is a lot more advanced and there are a few non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins occur when there’s an insufficiency in the venous system. When varicose veins develop, they can be compared to weeds growing in the garden, they’re symptoms of an underlying issue. Varicose veins should be diagnosed by a professional veins specialist or Phlebologist. The diagnosis normally starts with a thorough review of your medical history and physical exam to identify the locations and extent of the disease.
Next, venous ultrasound is performed to look inside your body to assess your vein health. This procedure is crucial because it can tell your physician if the veins are functioning normally or whether the blood is flowing in the wrong direction or pooling – a condition known as reflux. The scan can also reveal hidden varicose veins and detect the formation of new blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) or damage from untreated blood clots.
What are non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins?
Treating varicose veins without surgery (known as conservative treatment) can be difficult. While there are many ways to alleviate the symptoms caused by varicose veins, you can’t actually remove the vein without some kind of medical procedure.
However, by taking the right steps, you can minimise the symptoms of current varicose veins and lower the risk of them forming in the first place!
1. How diet can help
Making changes to the food we consume can have wide-ranging benefits for veins, as well as your health in general. Cut down on trans and saturated fats as well as reducing your salt intake, as these can aggravate your veins and swelling.
Increase your plant-based food intake, eating more fruits and vegetables. In particular, leafy greens, berries, apples, cherries and asparagus all are rich in bio-flavins, which help boost your circulation and help your blood flow.
2. Have you heard of VenoTonics?
There are a number of medicinal extracts and supplements that have been shown to effectively aid in vein health, from improving circulation to lessening the symptoms of varicose veins.
- Butchers Broom extract
- Horse chestnut
- Sweet clover
- Red Vine
- Maritime Pine Bark
Please note that these supplements are beneficial for reducing the symptoms associated with varicose veins, for relief from the disease itself, treatment will be required.
Learn more: Do natural remedies work for varicose veins?
3. Exercise helps to increase blood flow
Regular exercise strengthens the heart and muscles, helping to regulate blood flow throughout the body. Low-impact exercises like walking, cycling and swimming help to strengthen the body’s natural pumps, boosting your circulation.
4. The undeniable benefits of compression
Wearing compression socks or stockings is a great way to alleviate the swelling in your legs and help prevent blood pooling in the veins, especially in your ankles and lower legs. Wear medical-grade compression stockings when you’re seated or standing for extended periods of time (retail workers, office workers, hospitality staff etc)
5. Carrying excess weight
Excess weight can have multiple negative effects on vein health. Aside from putting more strain on the veins themselves, when you’re overweight you’re more likely to have higher levels of fat and sugar in your bloodstream, which can inhibit the blood flow. Maintaining a healthy weight makes a huge difference to vein health. If you’re struggling to shed the kilos, speak to your GP to put together a plan. .
Varicose vein treatment options
At the end of the day, these measures can help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins and provide relief, but they’re not going to be effective in removing the varicose veins themselves. While they’re greatly beneficial and should be done regardless of your vein health, those with developed varicose veins can benefit greatly long-term from medical treatment.
Laser vein treatment (known as endovenous laser ablation) is a minimally invasive medical procedure that’s virtually pain-free with no downtime afterwards. This treatment removes the varicose vein itself to alleviate the symptoms caused by it permanently. If you’re wanting to treat your varicose veins for good, speak to your local vein specialist today.
Read more: Does ambulatory phlebectomy hurt?
Seek expert advice
The doctors at The Vein Institute specialise in varicose vein treatment. We offer patients a comprehensive program using non-surgical laser treatment techniques. You can learn more in our Definitive Guide to Varicose Vein Treatment.
The benefits of non-surgical treatment are:
- Walk-in walk-out treatment
- 98% success rate
- Extremely effective
- Can be performed at a clinic (no hospitalisation)
- No general anaesthetic
- Medicare rebates apply
- No downtime or time away from work
To book a consultation and discuss our treatment program, call 1300 981 402. Or, make an enquiry via the Contact Us page.