Non-invasive treatments

There are a number of non-invasive treatments and tests related to varicose veins in particular.

For some individuals, the use of compression stockings and incorporation of simple lifestyle choices can improve the symptoms that varicose vein can cause. Conservative treatment of varicose veins includes simple physical measures designed to improve vein blood flow and reduce pooling in the veins. These measures can help reduce symptoms due to the veins. Aerobic activities such as walking, biking and swimming are encouraged. It is good to avoid prolonged standing or sitting as well as heat on your legs (hot baths, hot tubs, etc). Moreover, elevating your legs will reduce pooling and improve symptoms.

The use of compression stockings (also called support hose) can be another non-invasive treatment option for varicose veins. These stockings fit snugly around the ankle and lower leg, and apply increasingly less pressure as they continue up the leg. This design encourages blood to flow up from the legs toward the heart, reducing the symptoms felt in varicose veins when blood pools or flows backward. Compression stockings are available in a variety of strengths and fashion options, and while they will not remove varicose veins, they can reduce symptoms and even be used to support healing after vein treatment procedures are performed.

If more information is needed about a patient’s veins and vascular functioning, a venous reflux exam may be conducted. This exam allows doctors to non-invasively measure the quality of vein function and to diagnose or rule out the possible presence of venous reflux or venous valvular insufficiency, conditions closely linked with, and in some cases causing, varicose veins.

Though non-invasive treatments and lifestyle choices can help manage conditions like varicose veins, talking to a physician about any health concerns you have, including the presence of varicose veins, is important for your health and safety. Should a vein ever rupture and begin to bleed, you should immediately elevate your leg, apply pressure to the bleeding vein and seek emergency medical care.