Treating Your Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Options For You

When you suffer from a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency and the varicose veins and other symptoms, you may wonder what you can do to improve your condition and get to feeling more mobile again. Luckily, there are several different types of treatments available to help you with your chronic venous insufficiency, ranging from self-care and lifestyle changes to more advanced and aggressive medical treatments. Get to know some of these different treatment options that are available to you so that you can give them a try and hopefully get back on your feet sooner rather than later. 

Wear Compression Stockings and Get In Better Shape

One of the first lines of treatment for chronic venous insufficiency and the accompanying symptoms including leg swelling, blood pooling in the veins, and varicose veins is to make some lifestyle changes. You can begin this process by wearing compression stockings.

Compression stockings are either knee high or thigh high stockings (kind of like socks or pantyhose) that squeeze the legs. This squeezing (compression) works to prevent a person's blood from pooling in the legs and keeps it moving back up to the heart.

Losing weight (if you are overweight) and exercising regularly no matter what physical condition you are in can also help you to relieve the pain and discomfort of your chronic venous insufficiency. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight will help keep your blood pumping strongly throughout your body, including in your legs.

Laser Vein Treatment

Laser vein treatments, sometimes also referred to as endovenous thermal ablation, is a minimally invasive medical treatment that can help to treat the blood pooling and the varicose veins that occur due to chronic venous insufficiency. This treatment is design to close of problem veins so that blood does not continue to collect there causing swelling and other problems. 

A laser is a concentrated form of light energy that is controlled during laser vein treatment with a thin catheter. A tiny incision is made in the leg so that the catheter can be threaded into the vein. Then the laser funnels through the catheter and heats the vein until scar tissue forms and closes the vein off.

This can usually be performed as an outpatient procedure because the incision is extremely small. And in comparison to other more invasive surgical procedures in which portions of the veins are actually removed, the treatment requires less recovery time and less pain after the procedure.

Now that you know a few of the treatment options for your chronic venous insufficiency, you can give them a try and see if you can use lifestyle changes or minimally invasive treatments will be effective options for you and your condition. Contact a local provider, such as Elite Vein Centers, for further assistance.