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Your Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins, characterized by swollen and enlarged veins on the legs, are more than just a cosmetic issue. 

In the early stages of the condition, most sufferers don’t experience any symptoms other than bulging blue and purple veins. However, as the condition progresses, more veins become visible on the surface of the skin, and sufferers may experience symptoms such as pain, heaviness, swelling, itching, and dry skin on the legs.  

Varicose veins develop when the vein walls are weakened. This can occur due to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess weight, or long periods of sitting or standing. 

If you have varicose veins and need relief, read on. We asked our expert at i-Vascular Center,  Dr. Anwar S. Gerges, to explain what treatment options are available for managing varicose veins.

Compression stockings

Compression stockings are a type of tight-fitting legwear designed to lightly squeeze your legs and put pressure on your veins. They’re typically recommended for varicose veins in the early stages.

When wearing compression stockings, it’s important to ensure they’re not too tight. Otherwise, they can cut off blood flow and worsen your condition.


Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure in which Dr. Gerges injects a solution into varicose veins, causing them to collapse without damaging blood circulation. This therapy is best suited for medium-sized varicose veins.

Laser therapy 

Much like sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation collapses the veins and reroutes the blood to healthier veins. During this procedure, Dr. Gerges makes a thin incision on the problem area, through which he guides a thin wire with a laser electrode attached to it that heats up the vein.


Ambulatory phlebectomy is a surgical procedure used by Dr. Gerges to address large varicose veins. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and involves the surgical removal of the damaged veins. 

The surgical procedure is done under a local anesthetic, allowing for a quick recovery. Following the surgery, most people can immediately return to their daily routine. 

Learn more about preventing and treating varicose veins

Your varicose vein prevention plan may also require you to make lifestyle changes such as spending less time on your feet, losing weight, and tweaking your diet. 

Your treatment plan may vary depending on the severity of your symptoms. Varicose veins complications are rare. However, if left untreated, varicose veins can increase your chances of developing blood clots. 

Get peace of mind and relief from your symptoms by scheduling an appointment with our staff at one of our offices in El Paso, TX, and San Antonio, TX.

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