Before seeking out a surgical or non-surgical treatment for varicose veins and other uncomfortable vein disorders, doctors may recommend conservative management techniques for patients. This can offer relief from burning, itching, and general discomfort caused by large, unhealthy veins. Conservative treatments may be required by an insurance company before other treatments can be considered.
Conservative management requires minimal lifestyle changes and can alleviate symptoms without requiring a medical procedure.
Conservative measures may include anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain management and the dedicated use of graduated compression stockings. We may ask patients with varicose veins to increase their daily walking and exercise, achieve weight loss, and avoid high heels. Historically, both health care providers and insurers have recommended a trial period of conservative vein therapy before proceeding with definitive vein care. Conservative vein therapy is beneficial in reducing varicose vein symptoms and slowing the progression of chronic venous disease.
Common techniques include:
- Compression stockings, devices and donning supplies
- Periodic elevation of legs during the day
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Walking 30 to 60 minutes each day
- Healthy diet and weight loss
Often more than one treatment is used in conservative management plans to treat the patient’s symptoms.