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Treatment Options for Venous Diseases

compression stockingsVeins are an essential part of your circulatory system, as they carry blood back to your heart. They are, however, prone to a range of conditions, with chronic venous insufficiency being the most common. Varicose veins are one manifestation of chronic venous insufficiency.

There are various treatment options a vein doctor based in Miami will recommend. The ideal one for you depends on the stage of your venous disease. Here are some of these treatment options.

Compression Stockings

The conservative approach to stage one venous disease treatment is the use of compression stockings. They come in various styles including pantyhose, below-knee and above-knee. They come with pressures ranging from 8 to 50 mmHg. For all compression stockings with pressures above 20 mmHg, you will need a doctor’s prescription. Compression stockings are at times used with prescription medication if you have any diagnosed clots.

Non-Surgical Treatment

The two common non-surgical treatment options for second stage venous disease are endovenous thermal ablation and sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into your small varicose and spider veins, collapsing them and eliminating the discomfort associated with the conditions. In endovenous thermal ablation, high-frequency radio, and laser waves are used to generate intense heat, which closes up diseased veins.

Surgery

Non-surgical and conservative treatments are inefficient for people with advanced venous disease. Surgical interventions including vein ligation and stripping, bypass surgery, and phlebectomy are some of the treatments for them. Ligation, stripping, and phlebectomy are minimally invasive procedures, which take about 10 days to recover from fully. Bypass surgery involves rerouting of your blood to avoid flowing through the diseased vein.

In addition to the above in-office treatments, there are various lifestyle changes your doctor will recommend. These include regular exercise, loss of weight, and elevation of your legs. You should also not sit or stand for a long time, as this impedes blood flow through your legs’ veins. These lifestyle changes will boost the efficacy of your treatment.