Care may involve:
To start out, your doctor may advise:
- Not standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Resting with your legs raised above your heart.
- Moving your legs around when standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Wearing compression stockings. They may help improve blood flow in your legs.
Procedures are done if other care methods fail to work:
- Laser or light source energy to seal, collapse, and dissolve varicose veins
- Sclerotherapy—a chemical is injected to shrink the veins
- Radiofrequency ablation—collapses and seals varicose veins
- Endovenous mechanochemical ablation—closing varicose veins with a rotating wire and chemical agent
- Adhesive sealing—sealing veins close to the skin using an adhesive agent
- Surgery—banding and removing affected veins
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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