What Are the Treatments for Varicose Veins?

What are the treatments for varicose veins?

Everything You Always Wanted (and Needed) to Know About the Medical Treatments for Varicose Veins Removal.

While standard varicose vein surgery has been used for over 100 years, the treatment of superficial veins has evolved dramatically in the last 10 years. With all those change, it is easy to get confused. What treatments for varicose veins should you choose?

In one survey, more than 72% of patient felt inadequately informed about the treatments available to them.

This guide was made to provide an overview of the medical treatments available today. If you have any specific question, please visit the forum where you will be able to read questions people already asked and post your own.

Timeline of every medical treatment available to remove varicose veins

While the date of invention should not be used to judge the quality of an intervention over another, this timeline can help you get a glance of the main interventions available. Because conventional sclerotherapy has been used since 1946, you are more likely to meet a specialist who is trained and equipped for this kind of operation. Make sure to visit different clinics before making a decision.

The first thing you need to understand is that surgery and any other medical treatment do NOT cure the disease. If you are prone to varicose veins, you are likely to be for the rest of your life.

You may develop new varicose veins after a successful treatment. Phlebologists regard that as a “natural progression of the disease”. I call that a “natural progression of their income”. Don’t fall for their trap. Keep reading to have the knowledge on your side.

Unless your doctor tell you otherwise, remember to continue wearing your compression stocking and taking your supplements to prevent the formation of another varicose vein.

When Should You Get Treated?

According to the latest studies, getting treated soon after the appearance of varicose veins could reduce their recurrence. [1] Yet many doctors still hold the view that varicose veins are a minor ailment that rarely should be treated.

Which Treatment to Choose?

Newer does not necessarily equal better. The improvements of recent years seem comparable rather than superior to surgery. But there are differences when it comes to price, duration of treatment, post-operative pain, recovery and risk of scars.

Click on the treatment of your choice to learn more:


Conventional Sclerotherapy

Foam Sclerotherapy

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Radiofrequency Ablation


Marc Livingston

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