Treatment is usually conservative. You will be asked to avoid excessive standing, raise your legs when resting or sleeping, and wear elastic support hose.
You may need surgery or nonsurgical treatment for:
Vein stripping is surgery to remove varicose veins in the legs. It is usually reserved for patients who are having a lot of pain or who have skin ulcers.
Noninvasive treatments for varicose veins do not involve surgery. Examples are:
Varicose veins tend to get worse over time. You can ease discomfort and slow varicose vein progression with self care.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
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