How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Millions of Americans suffer from varicose veins, those large, swollen, ropy veins that are typically dark blue or purple in color. The Society for Interventional Radiology estimates that 15 to 25% of adults have varicose veins, with rates jumping to half of all adults over age 50. The good news is that there are effective ways to get rid of varicose veins. Learn how lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of future varicose veins while effective vein clinic treatments can get rid of existing vein problems.


How to Lower Your Risk of Getting Varicose Veins

Your veins traverse the length of your body, delivering deoxygenated blood back to the heart to be replenished with nutrients. Veins rely on blood pressure and special valves to keep blood flowing the correct direction. When the walls of the veins become thinner or weak, they tend to bulge outward and have difficulty pushing blood toward the heart. This is particularly problematic for the long veins of your legs, which must deliver blood from your feet back up to the heart.


Certain lifestyle factors make it more likely that you will develop varicose veins. If you want to prevent varicose veins from forming, try the following suggestions:


  • Do not stand or sit for long periods of time. People who are constantly on their feet at work, such as factory line workers or baristas, are more likely to have blood pooling in their legs. Whenever possible, keep moving to promote better blood flow.

  • Elevate your legs. Sleeping with a pillow under your ankles can keep blood flowing efficiently.

  • Lose weight. People who are overweight or obese tend to put a greater strain on their cardiovascular systems. Losing weight lowers your risk of varicose veins.

  • Exercise. Physical activity improves muscle tone and vascular health. Additionally, moving more frequently keeps your blood pumping properly through your veins.


How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Although lifestyle factors can make it less likely that you will get varicose veins in the future, the veins you have cannot be removed through lifestyle changes alone. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective treatments to get rid of varicose veins. For example, VNUS Closure and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) use radiofrequency and laser energy, respectively, to close affected veins. The veins are then reabsorbed by the body. Another treatment, called sclerotherapy, collapses veins using a special chemical. In contrast, ambulatory phlebectomy involves the manual removal of the vein through a tiny incision.


There are pros and cons to each of these forms of treatment. That is why it is important for you to talk to your varicose vein specialist today. Together, you can determine what type of treatment makes the most sense for you and create an individualized treatment plan.

Benefits of the VNUS Closure

If you are suffering with varicose veins, want to improve the appearance of your skin, or are looking to reduce your health risks associated with large varicose veins, the VNUS Closure Ohio vein treatment at a Columbus vein clinic might be your answer. This procedure offers you a non-surgical and efficient alternative to treat your varicose veins. It uses radiofrequency (RF) energy for heating and contracting the collagen that is found inside your vein walls and causes your vein to collapse and seal shut.

You have a network of veins in your venous system including:

  • Deep veins

  • Superficial veins

  • Perforator veins

Venous reflux disease can sometimes occur in your superficial venous system which can cause painful varicose veins. The Closure procedure treats this problem.

Benefits of VNUS Closure

Thousands of patients in the US and Europe participated in extensive clinical tests which showed this procedure to be effective at reducing patient symptoms and occluding (closing) veins. Other benefits include:

  • This procedure is performed in one day.

  • There is little to no pain with the procedure.

  • You can return to your normal activities quickly.

  • There are fewer incisions needed with VNUS to your skin which leaves less potential for complications like pain or wound infection after the surgery and less scarring.

  • No general anesthesia is needed. Many doctors simply use a local anesthetic to numb your leg and vein.

  • Only a very small percent of patients who undergo traditional vein stripping surgery experience areas of numbness on their legs. With VNUS, this number is even less.

Many patients experience relief immediately of symptoms like leg heaviness, pain and fatigue. You should feel the full benefits in around a week or two. Other benefits include relief of leg cramps, painful varicose veins and swelling. This procedure has a good cosmetic outcome with very little to no bruising, scarring or swelling.

How the Procedure Works

This Columbus vein treatment procedure is performed in one day on an outpatient basis. Columbus vein doctors will use ultrasound to properly position the Closure catheter through a small opening in your skin and into your diseased vein. Heat is delivered to your vein wall through radiofrequency energy and your vein wall shrinks and seals shut with the delivery of this thermal energy. The vascular surgeons then re-routes your blood to other healthy veins.

In order to determine if you are a good candidate for the Closure procedure, you will need to have a complete ultrasound exam done. This procedure can benefit anyone of any age, but is especially beneficial in the elderly. Since it can be performed under a local anesthetic, you avoid the potential risks associated with a general anesthetic.

To learn more about the benefits of the VNUS Closure, give us a call at the Columbus Vein Center at 614-515-2440 or contact us via our online form.