If you have heard the term you might be wondering what we mean by “conservative management” and what it has to do with your varicose vein treatment. Take a few moments to read on and learn why this is such an important piece of your care plan in treating varicose veins.
Think about it. The science of medicine has evolved drastically. Modern medicine allows us to prevent many human sufferings and remedy many emergency situations. This, combined with our overall increasing desire for immediate gratification leads many to seek what they see as a more instantaneous fix often without consideration of cost or potential side effects. We all have an inherent “fight or flight” response, which is often helpful in emergency situations. However, we sometimes have a difficult time differentiating what constitutes an actual emergency.
Let’s step back for just a moment to remember that varicose veins in general terms do not pose an immediate health risk. It is true if left untreated, over time they have the potential to develop into more a serious condition, but this occurs in rare cases. Before scheduling a treatment for varicose veins, physicians and insurance companies alike, often choose a conservative treatment approach first to help alleviate symptoms. In fact, many insurance plans require the use of conservative management before approving more advanced treatments. Many of these conservative techniques require minimal lifestyle changes and work to alleviate symptoms such as burning, itching, swelling, and general discomfort brought on by varicose veins. Common techniques used in conservative management include:
- compression garments to support proper blood flow in the legs, and
- regular leg elevation with both feet above the heart.
During the initial visit with a vascular specialist, it is likely conservative management techniques will be recommended if significant symptoms are present that potentially indicate venous disease. If varicose veins are suspected, patients generally are scheduled to return at a later date for more diagnostic testing. At that time any use of at home care will be documented and whether any relief of symptoms occurred. This information is included with documentation to the insurance company to demonstrate the patient has taken steps to improve the condition and help support the case for a medical procedure if needed.
The word “conservative” is often interchangeable with careful, cautious, and preserve. By implementing conservative management early into a treatment plan, what is likely to be conserved for the patient is time and money. If you are experiencing symptoms of spider or varicose veins call Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville today at (865) 588-8229 or request a consult online and take the first step in restoring beautiful, healthy legs.