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How Do I Get Rid of Varicose Veins on My Legs?

May 11, 2022

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Step 1: Identify the symptoms of vein disease

The first step in your varicose vein treatment journey is simply identifying the problem. You might think identifying varicose veins is simple — they’re large and bulging blood vessels that protrude out of your skin’s surface. But while varicose veins are easy to identify, other signs and symptoms of vein disease (the root cause of vein problems) might be a little harder to detect. You should ideally consult vein doctors for your treatment even before you notice varicose veins, i.e. when the first signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency appear.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein the collapse of vein valves leads to backward blood circulation and the eventual accumulation of blood in leg veins. Most vein problems are caused by underlying vein disease. Spider veins and varicose veins are the most visible signs of vein disease, but this medical condition can also lead to numerous invisible symptoms that resemble signs of aging or exhaustion. If left untreated, venous insufficiency continues worsening, eventually leading to major complications. That’s why it’s important to identify the initial signs and symptoms.

Identifying spider veins and varicose veins

Spider veins and varicose veins are the most visible signs of chronic venous insufficiency. Spider veins are dense clusters of red or blue blood vessels that appear on the skin’s surface, looking like a mass of spider webs. Varicose veins are blood vessels that bulge out of your skin’s surface, looking like a mass of twisted, tangled, and knotted ropes. Spider veins are usually harmless, even though they’re caused by a dangerous medical condition, but varicose veins are usually dangerous. If left untreated, varicose veins can eventually burst and cause severe bleeding.

How do I get rid of varicose veins on my legs? We describe the three steps involved in treating varicose veins, from the initial identification of the problem to the minimally invasive vein treatments.

Identifying the signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency is one of the most underdiagnosed medical conditions because its initial signs and symptoms are misattributed to aging or exhaustion. Most people only seek vein treatment once the underlying condition has progressed considerably. The earliest signs and symptoms of vein disease include leg heaviness, leg pain, frequent muscle cramps on the legs, and restless leg syndrome. The symptoms worsen at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting or standing still. If you notice these signs and symptoms, it’s time to contact reliable vein doctors near your location.

Step 2: Conservative solutions for varicose veins and spider veins

Once you identify spider veins, varicose veins, and the other signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, it’s time to consider your options. Chronic venous insufficiency can’t be treated without medical intervention — the only way to treat spider veins and varicose veins is through minimally invasive procedures. But you can make some lifestyle changes to alleviate the discomfort caused by varicose veins and prevent the condition from worsening. Below, we highlight a few conservative solutions to improve blood flow and prevent vein disease from worsening.

Wear compression stockings regularly

Compression stockings are skin-tight garments that apply pressure on your leg veins, pushing accumulated blood towards the heart. If you have spider veins or varicose veins, you must wear compression stockings regularly. They will push some of the accumulated blood towards the heart, alleviate the discomfort of vein disease, and prevent the condition from worsening.

Engage in exercises that activate calf muscles

One of the best ways to alleviate the leg pain and symptoms of vein disease is through exercise. You should engage in cardiovascular exercises that activate your calf muscles, such as running, swimming, cycling, and yoga. These exercises will engage your calf muscles and push some of the accumulated blood towards the heart, reducing the symptoms of vein disease.

Elevate your legs while sitting down

While sitting down, you should elevate your legs above your heart’s level. You can also prop your legs up on pillows while lying down, thus enlisting gravity to help push some of the accumulated blood towards your heart.

Stand up and walk around frequently

If you have spider veins and varicose veins, you must stand and walk around frequently. Vein disease worsens when you spend long periods of time sitting or standing still. That’s because blood can accumulate in the leg veins if you don’t move them frequently. If you have a desk job, take short breaks to walk around every 30 minutes.

Step 3: Contact a reliable vein doctor specializing in minimally invasive vein treatments

Conservative lifestyle changes may improve the symptoms of vein disease, but they won’t treat the root cause. The only way to remove varicose veins on your legs permanently is through minimally invasive vein treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, venaseal, foam sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy. You must contact a reliable vein doctor specializing in the latest and safest minimally invasive vein treatments.

During your appointment, the vein doctor will examine your leg veins, discuss your goals, review your health history, and administer ultrasound diagnostic scans to determine if you truly have chronic venous insufficiency. If you’re diagnosed with vein disease, the vein doctor will curate a minimally invasive vein treatment plan for you. The first step of the vein treatment is to collapse the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems, following which the superficial varicose veins can be removed.

During your vein treatment, the vein doctor will use thermal energy (radiofrequency ablation), laser ablation (endovenous laser ablation), or medical adhesives (venaseal) to collapse the diseased saphenous vein, turning it into a hardened tissue eventually absorbed by the body. Once the diseased vein is removed, the accumulated blood will automatically reroute into healthier leg veins. The treatment should conclude within an hour, and it liberates you from spider veins and varicose veins for good.

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At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

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Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Dr. Kamran provides treatments to relief the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency; a condition commonly known for causing spider and varicose veins, leg heaviness, swelling and discomfort amongst other symptoms. Dr. Kamran is known as a top varicose vein specialist for his excellent outcomes and extraordinary patient care.

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Michael Nguyen MD

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Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline Novak MD

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Sareh Rajaee MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan. Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Todd Kobrinski MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Juan Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.

Read more >>

Billy Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.

Read more >>

Jasmine Koo MD

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>

Amanda Steinberger DM

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Steinberger has a great passion for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, which is demonstrated by her technical precision, unparalleled bedside manner, and extraordinary results. She is board certified in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Read more >>

Thomas Arnold MD

Pennsylvania University

Dr. Thomas Arnold has significant experience with thousands of procedures performed for spider and varicose vein removal. He is adept at ultrasound guided procedures and cutting-edge vein treatment methods for vein disease.

Read more >>

Kamran Saraf MD

Georgetown University

Dr. Kamran provides treatments to relief the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency; a condition commonly known for causing spider and varicose veins, leg heaviness, swelling and discomfort amongst other symptoms. Dr. Kamran is known as a top varicose vein specialist for his excellent outcomes and extraordinary patient care.

Read more >>

Walter Lech MD

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lech’s advanced technical skills are rivaled only by his empathetic, patient-centric approach to care. For the past several years, he has applied the same detail-oriented, compassionate treatment philosophy to patients suffering with chronic venous and lymphatic disorders.

Read more >>

Mitchell Karmel MD

Harvard Medical School
Dr. Karmel is triple board certified with extensive experience in vascular imaging. He completed a radiology residency at Cornell Hospitals, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Karmel completed a two-year fellowship in Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology at Harvard Medical School rotating though Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has vast experience in vascular procedures and is coauthor on several peer reviewed papers and presentations.
Read more >>

Zalekha Shair MD

New York Medical College
Dr. Zalekha Shair is a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience as a varicose vein and spider vein doctor. A long-island native, Dr. Shair completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook before completing a masters program and obtaining her Medical Degree at New York Medical College.
Read more >>
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