In-patients who are only desiring some degree of pain control, this option may provide satisfactory relief. Conservative treatment includes special prescription medical grade graduated compression stockings or hose. The graduated compression helps promote blood through the veins and may keep varicose veins compressed and collapsed.
Conservative treatment is required by most insurance companies before more advanced treatments can be performed. Compression stockings also aid in the recovery after Closure, EVLT or sclerotherapy procedures. Conservative treatment also often includes leg elevation for extended periods of time to allow blood to drain from the veins of the leg. This is particularly important in patients who have skin changes, such as ulceration, in order for these areas to heal.
Conservative treatment will often not be practical for many patients, particularly due to work requirements, and progression of varicose veins may occur despite proper conservative treatment. Unfortunately, for some patients with severe deep venous insufficiency or post phlebitic syndrome, conservative treatment may be the only possible treatment option. This represents a small minority of patients with venous disease.