varicose vein pain reliefVaricose veins are like snowflakes. They are as unique to patients as the treatments are to fix them. Often considered a cosmetic issue, varicose veins are a medical condition called venous insufficiency. And they can be quite painful if not treated. Here’s how to ease the discomfort. 
 

What is Venous Insufficiency?

The cause of venous insufficiency is malfunctioning vein valves. They can’t push blood from the legs back up to your heart, causing the blood to pool in the legs.
Venous insufficiency symptoms often include
  • Heaviness in your legs 
  • Pain/cramping
  • Swelling
  • Restless legs
  • Discoloration

How to Relieve Varicose Vein Pain

If you find yourself in pain from your varicose veins, you should seek treatment with a vein specialist. But here are some options to ease the discomfort at home:
1. Elevate Your Legs. For immediate varicose vein pain relief, elevate your legs above your heart. Place your feet against a table, stretch them up a wall, or lie down in bed and rest your legs on three or four pillows. This helps make it easier for the blood to flow toward the heart. Stay with your legs elevated for at least 15 minutes at a time — that should help reduce the swelling and ease the pain.
2. Exercise and Stretch Your Legs. Flex your feet, especially during long trips when your legroom is limited. If you have to sit or stand all day, change position at least every 30 minutes and your bend knees.
3. Hydrate. Proper hydration supports healthy blood circulation. Drink enough water and move around as often as possible.
4. Use Cold Water. Shower your legs with cold water. Cool temperatures cause blood vessels to shrink, which reduces swelling and feelings of heaviness.
If your varicose vein pain symptoms progress, worsen or don’t go away, see a vein specialist. They can offer a treatment plan based on your symptoms. There are several non-invasive procedures to help ease your pain for good.

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vein procedure for varicose veins vein stripping versus ambulatory phlebotomyTechnology and treatment for varicose veins have developed significantly over the years. Before, varicose veins were only treated with a procedure called “vein stripping.” It involved surgically removing the veins from the body. Thankfully, vein treatment these days is less invasive.

An Out of Date Vein Treatment

Yes, vein stripping is considered outdated. More recent technology allows physicians to no longer remove a patient’s vein.
Vein Stripping requires general anesthesia and extensive incisions on the affected area. A large varicose vein is usually removed or tied off in the leg. The procedure requires a long recovery period, about 2-4 weeks. But, your recovery time will vary on how many veins are stripped and where they’re located.
 
Your doctor may recommend varicose vein stripping if you’re experiencing:
  • constant pain, throbbing, and tenderness in the legs
  • skin sores and ulcers
  • blood clots
  • bleeding from the veins

The New, Better Vein Treatment

An Ambulatory Phlebectomy is the removal of bulging leg veins through tiny needle incisions. A phlebectomy is a more recently developed vein procedure and is less invasive. Your doctor will make a smaller incision and remove the varicose vein in several sections.
 
Local anesthesia is used and recovery time is significantly less than vein stripping. Most patients can return to their regular activities within a day. The results are permanent, allowing you to get rid of those painful and unsightly veins for good!

Out with the Old, In with the New

Ambulatory phlebectomy and vein stripping are similar. Both procedures remove severely swollen veins so blood can circulate elsewhere. But the phlebectomy is the new and improved treatment. Nonfunctioning veins can lead to more problems down the road. Try to get treatment from a certified vein center that uses up-to-date treatment for the best results. 

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can varicose veins come back after treatment?
There are lots of reasons why you might seek treatment for varicose veins. Often times it’s because you’re self-conscious of their appearance. But others experience painful symptoms like heaviness, itching, burning, swelling, and discoloration.
Luckily, a vein specialist offers a variety of treatments for your vein condition, cosmetic or health-related. But what does it really take to get rid of your veins for good? And can your varicose veins come back?
 

How Varicose Vein Treatment Works

Varicose vein treatments are not a one-size-fits-all process. It usually involves non-invasive procedures like sclerotherapy, micro-phlebectomy, or ablations.
 
Each patient has individual health needs and risk factors. One single treatment method may not be enough to achieve the results you want. There’s even a possibility that your varicose veins may return after treatment.
 

Why Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment

The likelihood of your varicose veins returning after treatment depends on several factors:
  • What caused your varicose veins to develop in the first place
  • Which method(s) of treatment was performed
  • The underlying factor of your vein disease like obesity or genetics
If your varicose veins do reappear, more treatments may be advised. Regardless of why your varicose veins return, it’s important to get treatment. Don’t you want to avoid pain, discomfort, and other serious health conditions in the future?
 

How to Prevent Varicose Veins from Coming Back

Varicose vein treatments are highly effective, but that doesn’t mean your veins are gone for good. If you experience risk factors like genetics, obesity, or pregnancy, you might develop varicose veins in a new spot after vein treatment. You can help prevent the reoccurrence of varicose veins by:
  • Losing excess weight
  • Exercising daily 
  • Moving around frequently throughout the day
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting
  • Managing underlying health conditions
  • Wearing compression socks

can varicose veins come back after treatment?

No treatment ensures you won’t experience the recurrence of new varicose veins. But, you can improve your vein health by scheduling an appointment with a vein specialist to ensure the best possible outcome.

Delaware State riding a bicycle to healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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venous insufficiency CEAP stagesVenous Disease is Complex But Can Be Described

So how does your vein doctor know the severity of your varicose veins? We use the Comprehensive Classification System for Chronic Venous Disorders (CEAP). And you can use it too!

Before CEAP, there wasn’t a method for healthcare professionals to classify vein disease. Instead, they would describe symptoms and rate them as mild, moderate, or severe. The approach wasn’t helpful and lacked specificity. Communication was often lacking between providers.

What the CEAP Acronym Stands For

C = clinical condition 

E = etiology

A = anatomic location 

P = pathophysiology

What is CEAP Classification?

The American Venous Forum wrote the first CEAP classification in 1994. It provides a comprehensive classification that’s accepted worldwide. Most published medical papers now use all or portions of the CEAP system. It has two parts: classification and severity scoring of lower extremity vein disease. CEAP classification ranges from C0 (no venous disease) to C6 (an open and active ulcer).

Today, all healthcare professionals use the CEAP system when describing vein disease. It’s designed to be very specific. In short, it offers everything that the previous system failed to do.

The 7 Stages of the CEAP Classification System

C0: A functioning, healthy venous system. Leg veins pulse blood back towards the heart exactly as they’re supposed to.

Severity: mild

C1: Presence of spider veins, reticular veins, or telangiectasia. By themselves, spider veins are nothing more than a cosmetic nuisance. But they do point out some level of reflux in the larger veins of the legs. They’re a direct precursor to varicose veins.

Severity: mild

C2: The formation of varicose veins. Patients begin to experience symptoms like achy legs, swelling, and cramping. This leads to increased pressure, which in turn causes surface veins to swell. Over time, they become stretched out and become varicose veins. Without treatment, it’s likely the condition with progress to the following stage.

Severity: moderate

C3: The presence of edema, a medical term for fluid retention and swelling. Compression stockings and edema pumps can manage symptoms. But treatment will help the underlying condition. A patient’s vein disease will worsen if not treated.

Severity: moderate to severe

C4: Visible skin changes. Fluid retention leads to changes in the color, texture, and appearance of the skin. The presence of eczema and brownish, purplish, or reddish blotches is common.

Severity: severe

C5: Painful ankle ulcers around the ankles that heal on their own. Chronic fluid retention will cause increased blood pressure within the leg veins. This can lead to an impaired circulation which can cause a breakdown of the overlying skin.

Severity: severe

C6: Lower extremity ulcers that don’t heal. About 1% of patients with vein disease will progress to CEAP stage 6. As the condition worsens ulcers won’t heal without specialty wound care. At this point, treatment is medically necessary. 

How Can I Classify Myself with CEAP?

Most people with varicose veins know they have bulging veins in their legs. The CEAP system will help them understand the severity of the varicose vein problem and seek the right treatment.

But when using CEAP, remember that it’s external observations of underlying health issues. A venous ultrasound scan can examine all the veins underneath. Without it, there is no full diagnosis.

 

 

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foods to eat to improve vein healthWe all know that a healthy diet is beneficial for your overall health. But did you know that eating certain foods can actually impact your vein health as well?

If you have varicose or spider veins, consider eating these foods to improve your vein health and prevent further vein damage. 

Foods High in Rutin

Many specialists agree that the best foods for varicose veins are those high in rutin, a plant pigment found in certain fruits and vegetables. Rutin is a “vasoprotective,” meaning it protects blood vessels. It can strengthen weak capillaries that could develop into varicose veins. Rutin is also, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and antioxidant. 

Foods that contain rutin include: 

  • apple
  • buckwheat
  • grapes
  • cherries
  • apricots
  • blackberries
  • avocados

Foods High in Water

Drinking water is one of the best ways to improve your vein health. It helps circulate the blood by making it thinner and helps strengthen the muscles that support the veins. Choosing foods high in water content, like cucumbers or watermelon, will help your veins stay hydrated.

Other water-rich foods include: 

  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe 
  • peaches
  • oranges
  • broths and soups
  • zucchini
  • celery
  • tomatoes 

Foods High in Vitamins & Minerals 

Your body needs vitamins and minerals (aka micronutrients) to function properly. They not only nourish the body but also reduce your risk of diseases, especially vein disease. Eating nutrient-rich foods will give your body the power it needs to protect and strengthen the arteries, veins, and heart from damage that lead to varicose veins. 

Foods that contain vitamins & minerals include: 

  • Avocado 
  • Asparagus
  • Berries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Leafy Greens
  • Bananas
  • Fish

Healthy Food AND Vein Treatment 

While a healthy diet isn’t a substitute for vein treatment by a vein specialist, paying attention to the foods you consume can help you manage your varicose veins and spider veins. But the best approach to better vein health is to combine exercise, diet, and vein treatment. 

If your legs are painful, itchy, or swelling, it could lead to a serious medical condition, especially if you don’t seek medical help. In this case, food won’t help as much as vein treatment.

 

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At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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apple dressed as doctor talking to Delaware patientIf you’re seeking treatment for vein conditions like spider and varicose veins, you’re probably thinking it will all be fixed in just one visit. Alas, that’s just not the case. Veins don’t disappear overnight. They need a lot of TLC. The reality is, you may need more than one treatment to get the best results.

There are several treatment options available like sclerotherapy, ablations, and laser therapy. Most are non-invasive and can be performed in your doctor’s office with little to no downtime. The number of times you’ll need vein treatment varies from patient to patient. Everyone’s veins are different sizes and at different stages. Typically, the more severe your veins are, the more treatments you’ll need. Below, we look at two different vein treatments and estimate how many times you’ll need them. 

Sclerotherapy

What: A common treatment for spider and small varicose veins.

How: Your doctor injects a solution into the vein, which irritates the wall of the vein and makes the veins stick together so the blood can’t flow through it anymore. 

Healing Time: Spider veins usually disappear within 3 to 6 weeks. Varicose veins take 3 to 4 months.

Number of Treatments: In most cases, patients typically need 2 to 5 treatments to completely eliminate the appearance of spider veins, especially if the veins being treated are large or if new veins reappear.

Radio Frequency Ablations (RFA)

What: A treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

How: RFA procedures use a catheter that is inserted into the vein. It uses a high-frequency radio-frequency current, causing the vein to spasm and collapse. 

Healing Time: Within one week, patients may start to notice a difference in the prominence of their varicose veins, but complete results may take weeks to months.

Number of Treatments: Some patients may require several procedures depending on the severity of their varicose veins or if both legs are being treated.

how spider veins and varicose veins are treated

Follow-Up Appointments Are Important

While it’s necessary to get the proper amount of treatments done to ensure you get the best results, it’s also important to follow-up. These appointments help make sure your treatment is going in the right direction. This is also the time to address any concerns or questions you may have to your vein doctor. 

If you don’t schedule follow-up appointments or receive all of your vein treatments, you may experience the reappearance of veins or even health complications

Skill is the Key to Getting Best Results

The results you will see depend largely on the person performing the vein treatment. So make sure you find a vein specialist that performs vein treatments regularly to get the best results possible.

 

 

Delaware State riding a bicycle to healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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