There are many treatment options available to you at Michigan Vascular. Schedule a free consultation to see what options are best for you.
Lifestyle changes: First, your provider will likely suggest lifestyle changes that will reduce certain risk factors, like regular exercise and weight loss.
Leg elevation: Raising your feet above heart level for 15 minutes, 3 to 4 times daily, can reduce leg swelling and relieve other minor symptoms.
Compression stockings: Compression socks, in general, improve blood circulation, prevent blood from pooling in the legs, and reduce swelling. Wearing prescription-strength compression stockings during the day can help relieve symptoms from varicose veins. Be sure to wear compression garments properly to prevent cutting off blood circulation.
Sclerotherapy: During an in-office visit, a healthcare provider injects a saline or chemical foam solution into the varicose veins that causes them to close off. The veins should fade in a few weeks, though you may need more than one sclerotherapy treatment.
Laser therapy: Strong bursts of light from a laser can cause varicose veins to fade away gradually without making incisions or using needles.
Radiofrequency or thermal ablation: For more prominent varicose veins, your provider will insert a catheter into a varicose vein and heat the tip of the catheter through radiofrequency or laser energy. The heat causes the vein to collapse and close. Blood will then redirect itself to other veins.
Ligation and vein stripping: During the surgical procedure, a healthcare provider will tie off a varicose vein before it meets a deep vein and remove it with small cuts. This procedure does not affect blood flow because the blood will redirect itself when the other vein is removed.
Ambulatory phlebectomy: A doctor will numb the area to be treated and create tiny skin punctures through which they will remove the small varicose veins. The incisions typically leave minimal scarring.