Having varicose veins can be very bothersome due to their reputation of ruining the appearance of patients’ legs. However, this is not the only problem that comes with having varicose veins. If left untreated, they can swell so much that they’ll eventually cause discomfort or even pain. Most effective treatments involve varicose vein removal that will solve the problem and relieve patients’ of the awful swelling and unbearable pain.
Ways to remove varicose veins
One varicose vein removal option is vein stripping. This procedure is usually done when the varicose veins appear on the surface veins of the legs and feet. During vein stripping, several small cuts are made on the affected area. The varicose vein is then cut and the veins are tied. The vein can also be removed through pulling. After the stripping, a bandage is tied on the area to lessen the bruising that can sometimes be caused by the operation.
Another varicose vein removal option is phlebectomy. In phlebectomy, small cuts are made on the area and then the veins are removed with the use of a small hook. Only certain types of veins can be removed with phlebectomy. This is an outpatient procedure and patients are given local anaesthesia. Painkillers may be given after the procedure to help while the incisions are healing.
After varicose vein removal, some swelling may occur which is normal. There may also be some mild scarring or staining of the skin but these marks will eventually fade over time. It is important to know how to take care of yourself after varicose vein removal so that complications will not occur.