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The visibly enlarged, gnarled appearance of varicose veins can be aesthetically distressing, but many people do not realize that they can also be a medical concern. Varicose veins can cause swelling, burning sensations, leg heaviness, and fatigue and they can indicate chronic venous disease. Sometimes, serious complications may occur. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, it’s time to consult a vein specialist. You may be a good candidate for interventional varicose vein treatment at a clinic in Houston.

You have already made appropriate lifestyle modifications.

In most cases, patients with varicose veins are advised to try conservative treatments before interventional treatments. Lifestyle modifications may be appropriate for you. If you’re overweight or obese, consider talking to your doctor about starting an effective weight loss program. Healthy food choices are important, but so too is getting regular exercise. Not only does exercise help you manage your weight; it also promotes better blood circulation to manage venous diseases. Additional ways to manage varicose veins are to avoid prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and to elevate your legs above the level of your heart when you sit or lie down. These lifestyle modifications can prevent varicose veins from worsening and they can help alleviate your symptoms.

You have already tried conservative medical treatments.

Along with lifestyle modifications, you may be advised to try non-interventional medical treatments before you consider more aggressive therapies. Consider asking your doctor about over-the-counter pain relievers that may help you. Medical-grade compression stockings are a commonly recommended treatment for varicose veins. The graduated compression of these garments encourages the healthy upward flow of blood in the legs.

You fully understand your interventional treatment options.

If you’ve tried all of those conservative treatment options and you still experience problems stemming from varicose veins, it may be time to explore your interventional treatment options. It’s important to fully understand what’s involved with each option, including the potential risks and benefits, before making a decision. These interventional treatments include minimally invasive surgery such as ambulatory phlebectomy and nonsurgical interventions like sclerotherapy and endovenous thermal ablation. Your vein specialist can help you weigh your choices and recommend the best option for your unique needs and preferences.