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What is the Most Effective Treatment for Varicose Veins?

Author: Blog Author Posted: March 10, 2018 Category:
After dealing with bulging, painful veins that cause your legs to swell, ache, and throb the last thing you want to do is go through a round of treatment only to discover it doesn’t work. Taking some time to research the various types of effective varicose vein treatment options that may be available to you will help you determine which procedures are most likely to succeed. The following are several examples of treatment options that have proven extremely effective in reducing or eliminating varicose and spider veins.

Compression Socks

Wearing a pair of customized compression stockings has proven to be extremely effective in treating and preventing leg vein disease. These customized compression socks are uniquely designed to provide support to the legs. The support created by the compression socks helps to improve the flow of blood in the legs which can provide you with relief from various vein problems such as varicose and spider veins.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

EVLT uses laser energy to create enough heat that the walls of the veins collapse and designate. The body is forced to redirect the blood to other healthy veins when the diseased vein’s walls collapse. Redirecting the flow of blood to health veins allows the diseased veins to heal which will reduce the pain you experience and make the less visible. This vein treatment option is often used for varicose veins that are on the smaller side. EVLT is often less effective on complex cases where the veins are extremely large or twisted. It isn’t as effective on complex cases because the laser is unable to pass through the larger, thicker veins. Sclerotherapy Sclerotherapy is extremely popular with people who are looking for quick relief from varicose and spider veins. This treatment option uses injectable foam to dissolve the lining of the veins. People often prefer sclerotherapy because it is effective at treating most cases of leg vein disease, painless, and quick. A single treatment session takes only 30 minutes.


While most patients would prefer minimally invasive procedures, sometimes varicose veins are so complex that injectable foam and lasers are unable to provide effective relief. Complex cases may benefit from phlebectomy. Phlebectomy involves having a vein surgeon make small incisions along the diseased vein. A small needle or hook is inserted and used to remove the vein. Once the diseased vein is removed, the incisions are closed up using small strips of tape or stitches and the vein is left to heal. It can be difficult to determine on your own what treatment option will provide you with the best results as so many different factors need to be considered. Everything from how complex your case is to your age, previous health history, and how quickly you wish to recover will factor into which treatment is recommended. To get personalized treatment recommendations, schedule a consultation at a clinic, like Bellamah Vein Center in Missoula, Montana, that specializes in vein health and varicose vein treatment.