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Options for Treatment of Varicose Veins About 50-55 percent of men and 40-45 percent of men suffer from vein problems. More than half of people above the age of 50 suffer from varicose veins problems. Symptoms include itchy/irritating rash, pain after prolonged sitting or standing, darkening of skin, heaviness or swelling, restless legs and throbbing or cramping. Compression stockings Since support pantyhose applies pressure evenly to the whole leg, it provides the least relief for varicose veins. Graduated/gradient stockings put pressure on areas where it’s most effective. Prescription-strength compression gradient pantyhose apply the highest pressure on the veins followed by over-the-counter compression gradient pantyhose. A trained expert is required for fitting the prescription pantyhose. Both compression pantyhoses can be bought at medical or drug supply shops.
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Smaller veins are normally treated by collapsing their walls through the injection of an irritant. This vein treatment’s meant to restrict the flow of blood to the veins being treated. For smaller veins, the patient has to wear socks for around 3-6 days and 6 weeks in case of larger veins. There are normally a few side effects involved, including irritation and inflammation in other veins, inadvertent injection of artery, allergic reaction to irritant and brown stains on skin around the area affected. Surface laser This non-invasive vein removal procedure is best for veins that are under 3mm wide. In general, 2-5 treatments that last 15-20 minutes each are needed. Strong laser light beams penetrate the skin, gradually fading the veins until they’re gone. The heat produced by the laser can be severely painful and is not ideal for all skin tones and types. Some side effects can occur, including temporary discoloration of skin, scars and burns, as well as temporary swelling and redness. Normal activity may be resumed after this procedure. Surgery A surgical procedure for surface/saphenous veins involves stripping/removing the vein or ligation/tying the vein off. Phlebectomy is a procedure that involves small incisions as well as the use of a special hook for vein removal. PIN stripping is done by sewing a device at the tip of a vein before pulling out the device. PIN stripping is done in outpatient operating rooms or centers. Permanent scars, wound infection, nerve tissue damage, bruising, bleeding and blood clots in deep veins are some of the risks associated with the procedure. Endovenous This option for treatment of varicose veins is done under local anesthesia by a doctor and is preferred to surgery for most people with deeper surface veins. The doctor puts a small catheter inside the vein and laser or radiofrequency energy heats a probe, which helps stem the blood flow. Patients can feel a bit of bruising after this procedure.

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