How Can I Get Rid of Varicose Veins Forever?

This is a common question from new patients at our Columbus vein clinic. While there are many minimally invasive and quick vein treatments to eliminate current varicose veins, the bulging veins can “come back.” In reality, the eliminated abnormal veins do not come back, but you may get new occurrences, in the same area or other parts of the body. Let’s look at why this recurrence may happen.

Say Good-bye to Treated Varicose Veins

As noted, new spider veins, broken capillaries or varicose veins can appear after an area has been successfully treated. These are not actually the same veins because once destroyed during your Ohio vein treatment—treated veins are gone for good. Your circulation continues around the area as other veins take up the slack, so to speak. That’s why destroying abnormal veins doesn’t cause you to have circulation problems—your blood is simply re-routed by the body in other nearby veins.

So when you see varicose veins “coming back,” you are actually seeing other veins that have swollen to become visible varicose veins. They may be in the same area of your body, but they are not the very same old varicose veins returning. Why do these other varicose veins turn up? That happens because the conditions that caused the first varicose veins most likely still exist after you have your Columbus vein treatment.

Uncontrollable Causes of Recurring Varicose Veins

There are a number of causes at work that bring about blood vessel problems. Usually more than one cause is at work in any individual patient. One cause is heredity. If your family tends to have varicose veins, it’s more likely that you will too. There’s no way to get rid of the likelihood or tendency that was inherited, such as genetically weaker vein walls or valves. IN some people, it may be impossible to get rid of varicose veins permanently. Aging is another unavoidable cause that may bring on recurring varicose veins.

What You Can Do: Lifestyle Choices for Healthier Veins

There are also many lifestyle causes that can weaken or interfere with the vascular system. Bad eating habits and smoking are two examples. Smoking weakens blood vessels. Obesity literally puts extra pressure on your veins, which may make them fail, even if not previously weakened due to heredity or age. Columbus vein doctors also point out that lack of exercise creates a similar problem—excess strain on the blood vessels. This is because your leg muscles help your veins move your blood back to the heart. The movement helps the blood flow against gravity, so without exercise the veins don’t have muscle support and help. Good habits, discussed in other blog posts on our website, like avoiding tight clothing, and more–can also help maintain healthy circulation and avoid vein problems.

If you’re troubled by varicose veins, aching leg pain or other symptoms, contact The Vein Center at HighField. Our experienced vascular surgeons can diagnose and treat your vein problems right in our offices. It is possible that veins will need to be treated in future, to maintain your vein health. Your vein specialists will recommend what you can do in your specific case to lessen the chance of recurrence. Contact us today.

Are Compression Stockings an Effective Vein Treatment?

Vascular surgeons don’t always recommend surgery for vein disease. In fact, there are many non-invasive vein treatment options for vein problems, depending on the severity of the circulatory impairment. One relatively low tech and completely non-invasive treatment involves compression stockings. These specially designed stockings can help ease swelling and pain from vascular diseases like varicose veins and can help prevent vein problems from becoming worse. We often recommend these stockings at our Ohio vein treatment center.

Columbus vein doctors agree that medical grade compression legwear can help:

  • Increase blood flow to and from the extremities.
  • Decrease stress on your blood vessels.
  • Reduce swelling.
  • Reduce pain.
  • Legs feel better.

Compression stockings offer graduated pressure, with the highest pressure at the ankle and gradually less pressure as they rise up the leg over the calf and even up to the top of the thigh. The pressure helps to shore up the weakened vascular walls and helps prevent unhealthy and possibly dangerous blood clots from forming.

Not your grandma’s compression stockings

Compression socks these days are made of advanced, more breathable materials than in the past. They also come in a variety of styles, textures and colors, offering more versatility than ever before. Stockings are also available in various lengths and pressure levels. There are even stockings designed for sport performance enhancement. For the most effective compression therapy, custom-fit stockings are available.

Columbus vein doctors recommend that you consider compression stockings to improve your leg health if:

  • Your work involves standing for long periods of time. If you work behind a counter (with or without a stool), if you’re a hair stylist, or a nurse, or doctor, or work in a retail store, you’ll find you feel better at the end of a long day when wearing compression stockings.
  • You’re pregnant. Your veins are under more pressure during pregnancy due to hormonal shifts, center of gravity changes and higher blood volume.
  • You have symptoms of venous insufficiency such as swollen ankles, heavy-feeling or aching legs. Compression stockings even help with fatigue, making legs feel less tired at the end of a day or a long period of standing.

Compression socks and athletic performance

The jury is still out on whether compression stockings improve athlete’s performance, as noted here on There’s no debate, however, about the health benefits of vein support with compression stockings. If you’re a cyclist, runner or enjoy other athletic pursuits, don’t believe everything the manufacturers tell you. If you’re buying support stockings to maintain your vascular health, be sure to get a recommendation from your doctor–don’t go by a manufacturer’s hang tag in a retail store.

Visit the Vein Center

If you have risk factors for vascular problems and want to keep your legs looking and feeling youthful, consider compression stockings. Your vein doctor may recommend compression socks as a follow-up to other vein treatments. If you have varicose veins, spider veins, leg pain, swelling or other vascular problems, see a vein specialist at our Columbus vein treatment center, The Columbus Vein Center.

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About Our Practice

The Columbus Vein Center specializes in helping Columbus patients get rid of veins. The Columbus Vein Center physicians are highly trained and experienced in the entire range of procedures now considered appropriate for getting rid of veins.

We offer all of the newest and most state-of-the-art approaches to vein disease as well as the ones that have proved effective for many years.A treatment plan geared specifically toward your vein problems and how they can best be treated & accept all insurance plans

You and Your Veins

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Columbus area varicose vein treatment used to consist solely of a vein surgery technique called ligation and stripping.

Although vein surgery is still occasionally the treatment of choice, now there are a host of other ways to get rid of varicose veins and spider veins, most of which are minimally invasive and feature a fast recovery time, including:

  • Duplex ultrasound
  • Endovenous laser treatment
  • VNUS ClosureFast
  • Sclerotherapy

Our Physicians

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Meet our Leading Columbus Vein Doctors

The Columbus Vein Center operates under the direction of three board-certified interventional radiologists fellowship-trained in vascular procedures (including vein treatment): Dr. Stephen S. Jung, Dr. Timothy L. Smullen and Dr. Amanda S. Cooper.

Our professional medical staff members have years of experience treating vein problems & are committed to one-on-one care of each individual patient

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