The treatment of varicose veins has come a long way. The minimally invasive techniques used today have a high success rate compared to older, more invasive treatment approaches such as vein stripping. If varicose veins are a part of your medical history and genetics are not in your favor, it is not out of the question to experience a recurrence of varicose veins.
While the actual veins treated will not resurface, if vein disease is inherited, it is possible new varicose veins will surface over time. Individuals with a family history of venous disease are likely to experience valve insufficiency, which can lead to the development of new varicose veins. Ultrasound technology is often used to monitor the function of valves and any leakage from valve insufficiency. There is not a “cure” for weak vein valves; therefore over time, more abnormal veins can develop. If you have risk factors for developing varicose veins including a previous personal history, here are a few tips to help you deter a recurrence:
For the two weeks following any varicose vein treatment:
- Follow your doctor’s orders for recovery after your procedure.
- Wear compression garments.
- Elevate your legs with your feet resting above your heart when possible.
- Avoid exposure to the sun to avoid hyperpigmentation.
- Resume normal activity as your physician advises, usually on the day following treatment and gradually work back into a full routine.
- Avoid heavy lifting, anything over 15 lbs.
- Schedule and attend your follow up visit post procedure so your board certified vascular surgeon can confirm proper healing and coordinate any further treatment(s) if needed.
Outside of the two-week recovery period following treatment:
- Continue to wear compression garments to promote good circulation.
- Incorporate time each day to elevate your legs while resting.
- Use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to prevent future damage to your legs.
- Exercise regularly once you have fully recovered to promote leg strength, circulation and vein strength.
- Watch your weight and maintain a healthy BMI as obesity can lead to excess pressure on the veins.
- Uncross your legs and practice good posture when sitting and/or standing.
- Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Watch your salt intake to help reduce water retention and swelling.
If veins are removed from your legs during treatment, you may have tiny incisions that normally heal on their own and within a few short weeks are no longer visible. If you have undergone treatment for varicose veins in the past and begin to see the development of smaller spider veins, seek treatment for them early. It is important to note, smaller veins are much easier to treat than larger veins once they become symptomatic.
Request an appointment with one of the Premier Vein Clinic specialists today and restore your healthy legs – (865) 588-8229.
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