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How can vein disorders be treated without procedures?

Is there anyway to treat my varicose veins without a procedure? I know that a lot of the procedures are minimally invasive but I would like to avoid any sort of procedure if possible. Is there anything that can be done without surgery or injections?

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The only treatment that may help with your vein symptoms is wearing compression stockings. These are prescription devices that you need to be fitted for in a medical office. When you wear the hose, most of your symptoms will go away, but the appearance of your veins will not go away without treatment.

A compression hose will help to reduce the volume in the varicose vein and improve venous circulation. It should be worn during the day and not in bed. This is a treatment option that has been used for years before more effective and minimally invasive vein treatments were available.

You can wear compression stockings every day to help control symptoms, but the veins will still be there. There are several oral medications which can provide temporary symptomatic relief, but again, the veins do not change. Procedures are necessary if you want to eliminate the veins.

Your only option will be conservative therapy which will control and slow down the process but will not reverse any of the issues caused by your Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). When patients are not candidates for invasive therapy, we place them in compression hose (medical grade, measured and fitted professionally), elevating the legs often, remaining well hydrated, maintaining a healthy weight, smoking cessation and regular exercise. A daily dose of baby aspirin (81MG) may be recommended which will thin the blood slightly and reduce platelets "sticking". This can help reduce the risk of blood clots. All of the above should become part of your daily routine and especially when traveling for extended periods (plane and car) as the risk of clots increases when inactive.

Elevate your legs, wear compression hose and point and flex your feet. This will help the symptoms but not cure the varices.

You can wear compression stockings, which will not get rid of the veins, but help mobilize the blood in the veins and keep the pressure down. It is important remain active with walking, and elevate your legs when able. Varicose vein procedures are elective. There is no urgency unless you are having a problem with ulceration. If you have symptoms of swelling, skin changes or aching discomfort you can also try Vasculera. This is an FDA regulated prescription supplement which has been shown to decrease the inflammation from vein disease.

Graded compression, maintain appropriate weight, exercise frequently and walk daily. This may slow the progression and alleviate associated symptoms, but will not cure or reverse the problem.

There are some medications that claim to improve small varicose, but the Iowa Vein Clinic does not use them. The best non surgical approach is the use of compression stockings to relieve or minimize symptoms.

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