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Conservative Options

Several treatment options are available for varicose veins that avoid procedural intervention. These can be used to manage varicose vein cases which may benefit from simple lifestyle changes. Conservative treatment for varicose veins can offer some pain relief and make your legs feel better, but will not provide permanent relief.

Compression: Special stockings and other support wear can reduce pooling in the veins and provide support for stressed veins.

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Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help to relieve pain caused by varicose veins. Pain relievers are often used in conjunction with compression. Despite advertisements, no medicines can really shrink or cure bad veins.

Elevation of legs: Periodic elevation of legs above the heart to reverse the gravitational pressure on the vein can provide relief from varicose vein pain.

Avoidance of positions that worsen the condition, such as standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Regular exercise — even just walking helps the vein circulation and may reduce symptoms and alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins.

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Advantages of Conservative Management

  • No procedural intervention
  • Some pain relief

The Region’s Leaders in Vein and Vascular Health

Our team of vein and vascular specialists work in the area’s best hospitals. At the Center, you will meet them, consult with them, and have your procedure performed by a doctor you know.

Our board-certified physicians are Vascular and Interventional Specialists for fibroid, prostate, oncology, leg & knee, and spinal conditions. Our physicians are among the most experienced in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and are affiliated with the region’s top-ranked hospitals, including Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Team members are consistently selected as “Top Doctors”. We utilize Interventional Radiology for the treatment of vein and vascular conditions in the comfort of an outpatient setting. Feel great knowing you are receiving the best outpatient vascular care in the D.C. area.

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