What is the treatment for varicose veins?

There isn’t a cure for varicose veins. These treatments can reduce their appearance and relieve discomfort:

  • Elevation: To increase blood flow and decrease pressure in the veins, you should elevate your legs above your waist several times throughout the day.
  • Elastic stockings: Supportive stockings or socks compress the veins and reduce discomfort. The compression stops the veins from stretching and helps blood flow.
  • Injection therapy (sclerotherapy): During sclerotherapy, a healthcare provider injects a solution into your vein. The solution causes the vein walls to stick together. Eventually, the vein turns into scar tissue and fades away.
  • Laser therapy: In a minimally invasive procedure called endovenous thermal ablation, healthcare providers use a catheter (a long, thin tube) and laser to close off a damaged vein.
  • Vein surgery: During these procedures, also called ligation and stripping, the surgeon ties off the affected vein (ligation) to stop blood from pooling. The surgeon may remove (strip) the vein to prevent varicose veins from reappearing.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/13/2020.

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