My mother's doctor recommended an iodine therapy to treat her varicose veins, is this the appropriate treatment or is there something better?

Varicose Vein Surgery . 7 answers . 1 year ago

My mother has been suffering from varicose veins since she was born. She is now 49 years old. We are Chinese. The Chinese doctor we consulted with suggested a therapy using iodine, but my mother has thyromegaly (an enlarged thyroid gland). Is this the appropriate treatment for her or are there better therapies? Please advise.

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1 year ago by Arizona Vein Specialists

Iodine has not been in mainstream use in over 40 years. Sclerotherapy is one effective way to treat varicose veins. The best sclerosants are polidocanol or sotradecol. When choosing a vein specialist, be sure that he/she is versed in how to use various sclerosants.

1 year ago by Arizona Vein Specialists

Iodine has not been in mainstream use in over 40 years. Sclerotherapy is one effective way to treat varicose veins. The best sclerosants are polidocanol or sotradecol. When choosing a vein specialist, be sure that he/she is versed in how to use various sclerosants.


1 year ago by Intermountain Vein Center

Minimally invasive procedures (endovenous radiofrequency ablations, ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy) are the way to go. Find a physician that is accredited by the American College of Phlebology and have an ultrasound to find out which treatments your mother needs. If you visit the website you are able to find physicians in your area.

1 year ago by Intermountain Vein Center (View Profile)

Minimally invasive procedures (endovenous radiofrequency ablations, ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy) are the way to go. Find a physician that is accredited by the American College of Phlebology and have an ultrasound to find out which treatments your mother needs. If you visit the website you are able to find physicians in your area.


1 year ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Don't use iodine. She needs a venous ultrasound study of her legs. The information obtained from this exam will then direct the physician as to which treatments are best given her diagnosis. The person who treats your mother's varicose veins should be board-certified and have experience with a variety of different modalities, like ablations, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, etc.

1 year ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

Don't use iodine. She needs a venous ultrasound study of her legs. The information obtained from this exam will then direct the physician as to which treatments are best given her diagnosis. The person who treats your mother's varicose veins should be board-certified and have experience with a variety of different modalities, like ablations, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, etc.


1 year ago by Laser Vein Center

There is no role for iodine to treat varicose veins; it just wont help.

1 year ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

There is no role for iodine to treat varicose veins; it just wont help.


1 year ago by The Sheen Vein Institute

Varicose vein disease is an inherited defect in the venous valves within the lumen of a person's veins. These valves, in essence, allow your body to pump blood back towards the heart against gravity. Without them, all your blood would just pool in the legs. That said, since vein disease is a mechanical defect in these valves, purely taking a pill or elixir will not fix the vein issues. Modern non-surgical treatment techniques are now available for the treatment of your mom's varicose vein issues. What treatment your mom would require would ultimately be determined by what kind of vein issues your mom has. Your mom really needs a thorough ultrasound of her leg veins to determine what treatment options she would need.

1 year ago by The Sheen Vein Institute (View Profile)

Varicose vein disease is an inherited defect in the venous valves within the lumen of a person's veins. These valves, in essence, allow your body to pump blood back towards the heart against gravity. Without them, all your blood would just pool in the legs. That said, since vein disease is a mechanical defect in these valves, purely taking a pill or elixir will not fix the vein issues. Modern non-surgical treatment techniques are now available for the treatment of your mom's varicose vein issues. What treatment your mom would require would ultimately be determined by what kind of vein issues your mom has. Your mom really needs a thorough ultrasound of her leg veins to determine what treatment options she would need.


1 year ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina

I can't really advise you on that since our primary doctor does not use iodine therapy in our practice. Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Good luck!

1 year ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

I can't really advise you on that since our primary doctor does not use iodine therapy in our practice. Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Good luck!


1 year ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Iodine treatment of varicose veins is a treatment of the past and should no longer be used. There are several excellent sclerotherapy solutions, such as polidocanol and tetradecyl sulfate, which are now considered state of the art. More importantly, if you mom has varicose veins, then she should first have a venous reflux ultrasound to look for reflux. Reflux, if present, should be treated first before the varicose veins.

1 year ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Iodine treatment of varicose veins is a treatment of the past and should no longer be used. There are several excellent sclerotherapy solutions, such as polidocanol and tetradecyl sulfate, which are now considered state of the art. More importantly, if you mom has varicose veins, then she should first have a venous reflux ultrasound to look for reflux. Reflux, if present, should be treated first before the varicose veins.


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