In the first part of this two-part FAQ blog, we covered the definition of varicose veins and risk factors. In the second part, we will cover steps to avoid the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins.
What can I do to avoid or minimize the chance of getting them?
- While there is nothing you can do to change your genetics, there are some steps you can take to limit your other risk factors.
- Try to avoid sitting or standing for long periods.
- If you can’t help but to stand or sit for long periods, wear support hose. These will help.
- If you are pregnant, wear support hose while to minimize varicosities.
- If you smoke, quit.
- If you are overweight, losing weight will help avoid varicose veins.
- You can put your feet up. Lay on your back with your legs higher than your heart. This will help the blood get back to your heart and feels great.
How are they diagnosed?
- Sometimes it is obvious through observation that a vein is varicose and a doctor can diagnose them from a physical.
- To diagnose the exact location of the valve that is malfunctioning, your doctor will use a Doppler ultrasound. The Doppler part means that the ultrasound can detect the direction of blood flow.
How are they treated?
- Your doctor has several options for treating varicose veins.
- The first course of treatment is compression stockings. These are support stockings on testosterone. They are put on before you got out of bed and worn all day. They help give strength to vein walls and discourage engorgement.
- Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for varicose veins. In this treatment, the veins are injected with special saline based liquid into the vein that causes the vein to collapse and disintegrate. This is especially effective on smaller varicose veins and spider veins.
- VenoCure also uses Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) this procedure involves the insertion of a tiny device into your vein. The device releases radiofrequency energy to essentially cauterize the vein closed. This procedure has replaced the older, very pain vein stripping treatment. RFA is much less painful and-and with this treatment, the veins never regrow, as they sometimes do with vein stripping.
How will the blood return to my heart?
- This is a question that many patients have.
- The human body is an amazing thing. Varicose veins interfere with the return of blood, so once eliminated, the circulation is actually improved.
I have diabetes, should I be more concerned with my varicose veins?
- The combination of diabetes and varicose veins can lead to other problems. Because people with diabetes have a higher risk of skin problems, the effects of varicose veins can make these skin problems much worse.
- Diabetes can cause numbness and wounds can occur more easily, increasing the chances of ulcers.
- Because of this, if you have varicose veins and diabetes, it is especially important for you to get your varicose veins treated sooner rather than later.
If you suspect or know for sure that you have varicose veins and want the best treatment in the Dearborn and Brownstown area, call VenoCure for an appointment.