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Is varicose veins curable?

This question was asked in Salt Lake City, Utah and has 9 answer(s) as of 05/20/2013.
Is varicose veins curable? What is the vein treatment process to cure the varicose veins?


Doctors Answers (9)

At present, there is no cure for varicose vein disease. In many ways, it is no different than most diseases that afflict individuals. We don't cure diabetes or hypertension either. But, all is not lost! Many treatments are available ranging from surgery to laser to injection (sclerotherapy). Based upon a person's condition, the treatment choices will be made to fit that patient.

Varicose veins are effectively and easily treated. The underlying genetics that lead to vein problem is untreatable.

I would rather say they are treatable. Once prone to varicose veins people can always form more veins in time but we can treat what you have at that time. You should see a vein doctor and have them assess the veins you have to determine the best treatment option(s). The best treatment is determined by physical exam, skin color, vein size, location,insufficiency, an ultrasound and possibly other factors. This is why a consultation is necessary.

The condition which causes most varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, is a chronic incurable disorder which occurs over time as the veins of the lower extremity stretch and the one-way valves in the veins fail. The varicose veins can be treated very effectively with modern techniques which either seal the abnormal veins shut or remove the abnormal veins. The treatment depends largely upon the size, shape, and location of the abnormal veins. Endovenous thermal ablation is used to treat the longer, straighter veins such as the saphenous veins. Very large, ropy veins near the skin often are best treated by removing them with stainless steel hooks through tiny 2-3 mm incisons with local anesthesia. Smaller, ropy or branching variocse veins often are sealed shut with foam sclerotherapy injuections. Finally, spider veins (telangiectasia) are treated with liqiud sclerotherapy injections. Lifestyle changes are part of the treatment as well. Maintenance of normal body weight, avoidance of prolonged sitting or standing when feasible, moderate exercise, calf muscle exercises, and routine daily use of graduated compression elastic support hose all are helpful in reducing the symptoms of venous insufficiency and slow down progression of the problem.

Varicose veins can be acquired throughout life and are treated in an office setting. After treatment, the problem veins are either closed and reabsorbed by the body gradually or are physically removed and that may permanently solve the problem. However, in some individuals normal veins may continue to slowly enlarge into varicose veins due to both genetics and to environmental factors such as pregnancies, inactivity, and frequent prolonged standing. Since you can grow new veins your entire life you have an endless supply of veins, but normal vein may still continue to be damaged and develop into varicose veins. The largest varicose veins can be treated using endovascular ablation with either a fiber optic laser or radiofrequency catheters to apply energy inside of the vein and close it permanently. Varicose veins are sometimes close to the skin surface and may be physically removed though 1 mm incisions along the side of the vein with a micro-phlebectomy . Small branch varicose veins can also be treated with sclerotherapy injections.

Varicose veins are treatable. Once you get them under control with one of many procedures that are performed in our medical office surgical suite. We will teach you how to take care of them for a life time.

Varicose vein disease is easily treated and controlled.

Yes The gold standard for treating varicose veins is ablation (heating induced killing of the abnornmal vein). This is performed with a small fiber inserted inside the abnormal vein Success rates are very high and recurrence is extremely low

Yes. Best treatment is endovenous laser ablation of greater saphenous vein than has venous valvular reflux and is the main cause of varicose veins.

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