2594690838_e713aea099If you are looking to help treat varicose veins yourself or prevent them, natural ways may be a possibility. The tactics do not always work for everyone, but they may alleviate some of the symptoms. Of course, the best treatment is to seek professional care and treatment.

Natural Strategies To Treat Varicose Veins

Get Some Exercise

Keeping veins strong and healthy is key to treating and preventing varicose veins. Therefore, a mix of aerobic exercise and strength training can keep you at a healthy weight, which helps your support venous structure.

Grape Seed Extract & Horse Chestnut Seed Extract

This has been known as a treatment by providing an antioxidant that promotes elasticity and reduces fluid leakage that ultimately contributes to leg swelling. Horse chestnut seed extract may also be another supplement to help vein health by improving the function of vessel walls.

Compresses

Using a compress can ease any discomfort and reduce the swelling. Depending on how your legs feel, using cold or heated compresses can reduce your symptoms further.

The most ideal treatment is to seek a professional help to properly diagnose your legs and recommend proven treatment that is individualized to your needs. Request a free screening or call us today at 512-726-0599.

Varicose Vein Treatment | Venefit ProcedureThe treatment of varicose veins has historically involved a surgical procedure where the patients are hospitalized, a general anesthetic is used, and discrete or specific cuts are made in the leg to allow the surgeon to literally pull or strip the larger veins out of a leg that are responsible for the development of these varicosities. Recovery time for these procedures has been 2-3 weeks.

Modern Varicose Vein Treatment

With the ushering in of the 21st century and its attendant technology, we’ve pretty much removed the necessity for a surgical approach to these medical problems. These days we use high technology with ultrasound to map out the specific segments of veins that are not working properly, and limited, non-invasive procedures are used. Small tubes called catheters are used under local anesthesia to literally close the veins and leave them in place when they’re not functioning properly. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 2-3 days.

Click on the link to learn more about the non-invasive varicose vein treatments we provide at Bunker Vein & Imaging Center, or contact us at (512) 726-0599 for a free screening. We have two locations in the greater Austin area: in Westlake and Round Rock.

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Chronic Venous Insufficiency is essentially an epidemic in the United States — over 30 million people suffer from this disease. This is a condition where stale blood has trouble getting out of the legs because the main conduits — large veins that travel approximately 1/2 inch to 1 inch under the skin — are unable to conduct that blood properly back to the heart.

Less Invasive Than Surgery, Same Excellent Results

Unlike the patient in a surgical environment, the patient at Bunker Vein is seen as head of the team. We talk to them through every step of the way on how we evaluate their condition and the possibilities that the condition is serious enough that needs treatment, or perhaps that it’s just a cosmetic issue that can be treated in a very non-intrusive way.

If the patient has the underlying problem of chronic venous insufficiency, we teach them how we are going to evaluate that, we discuss what our findings are, and we tell them about three or four different ways we can treat that.

Approximately 10 years ago, newer technologies arose where small tubes called catheters could be used. This is a much less invasive process that only lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour maximum. It can be done right in the office, and the patient is awake the whole time (as opposed to surgical approach).

Not Just a Cosmetic Issue

The typical patient is anyone who is suffering from pain, discomfort, swelling, itching, or burning in their legs. They may also have prominent varicosities, dilated or bulging veins, or worst case scenario, skin breaking down and forming what we call an ulcer. These patients are not usually comfortable seeking help from their primary care physician because they frequently tell them, “It’s just a cosmetic issue, you can’t do anything about it.”

Our mission is to educate the public, and the referring doctors, that this condition can be addressed in a medical way yet non-invasive or minimally invasive way, can be covered by health insurance, and that the results are excellent.

MYTH: Varicose and spider veins are cosmetic, treatment is expensive, and it’s not covered by insurance.

TRUTH: Spider and varicose veins are an indication of venous insufficiency – a medical condition. Therefore, most health insurance policies and Medicare cover treatment.

Things You Should Know Varicose Veins as a Medical Condition

insurance coverage varicose veinsNow that you may have a new and improved health insurance plan, or health insurance for the first time, you may be wondering about insurance coverage of varicose veins. As vein disease is a medical condition, Medicare and private insurance cover most vein treatments. However, rules and requirements vary from carrier to carrier. Make sure the office staff is knowledgeable on the subject, specifically with the rules for the conservative treatment pre-conditions that can develop over time.

It’s important to dispel the myth that venous insufficiency is just a cosmetic issue. Leaving venous issues untreated can eventually lead to much larger problems.

Venous insufficiency can be the underlying cause for a plethora of other conditions, including venous stasis dermatitis, lower extremity cellulitis, lower-extremity edema, restless legs syndrome and leg cramps. Click here to learn about other symptoms.

When patients have venous insufficiency symptoms, physicians often only check some of the obvious explanations and do not delve deeper to look for the possibility of venous reflux as an underlying cause.

For example, patients with venous insufficiency may experience leg cramps: when patients report this symptom, physicians often check potassium and calcium levels, but they seldom refer patients for a venous Doppler exam. They fail to make a proper diagnosis, even if patients’ symptoms are worse after standing, or if they have physical signs of venous insufficiency, such as spider veins or skin changes.

There’s a large percentage of people walking around with venous problems who aren’t getting the evaluation or treatment they need. At Bunker Vein, we are dedicated to treating the root cause: venous insufficiency and other vein diseases.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a long-term condition. It occurs because a vein is partly blocked, or blood is leaking around the valves of the veins.

Risk factors for venous insufficiency include:

  • Age
  • Family history of this condition
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Injury (broken bone) or major surgery on the leg or foot
  • History of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the legs
  • Being female (related to levels of the hormone progesterone)
  • Being tall
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy

Chronic venous insufficiency tends to get worse over time. By taking self-care steps, you may be able to ease discomfort and slow the condition from getting worse. It is likely that you will need medical procedures to treat the condition.

Learn about the various treatments offered at Bunker Vein & Imaging. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, call us at (512) 726-0599. We now have a location in Round Rock, in addition to our central location in Westlake.

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