There are many different treatment options available for those with vascular conditions such as varicose veins, but choosing the correct course of action can be confusing. If you’ve been given the choice of conservative therapies like sclerotherapy or more aggressive measures such as surgery, there are four primary factors you should weigh before making your decision.
Physical Discomfort or Pain
While some vascular conditions don’t cause any pain or discomfort, others can leave you with achy legs or throbbing pain after exercise. If you’re suffering and it’s affecting your daily routine, conservative therapy may be able to provide you with the relief you need.
If your pain is severe or is impacting your ability to carry out your daily routine, more aggressive therapies may be needed. Only you can decide if the discomfort has reached that level.
The Effect on Your Daily Life
If your vascular condition is hindering your life, it may be time for conservative therapy. For example, if your exercise routine is being cut short due to discomfort or you’re avoiding your weekly swim due to embarrassment, seeking treatment now is important.
Most providers prefer to begin with the most conservative measures available and escalate treatment depending on the results. Seeking help now will allow you to carry on with a healthy exercise program without pain or self-consciousness.
Some vascular conditions can be unsightly. While it is not a communicable affliction, disgusted looks, damning glances and prying questions can make social situations and intimate encounters uncomfortable.
This is also true if your job requires your condition to be visible, such as working at a gym, pool or yoga studio. If varicose veins are causing you psychological distress, it’s time for conservative treatment.
Your Lifestyle and Future Plans
For those who plan to hike the entire Appalachian Trail or climb Kilimanjaro, living with an untreated vascular condition is not an option. The same can be said for those who have small children in their lives and want to be able to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle with them.
If you ride horses, jog, climb, run or lift as part of your lifestyle, you will want to have your condition treated to preserve your ability to enjoy such activities.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have a vascular condition and have been given the option to begin treatments, it can be difficult to decide. Contact Miami Vein Center today for more information about conservative vascular treatments with Dr. Almeida, a board certified vascular surgeon, and his team.