What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, dilated, twisted and bulging veins in the legs that thrust-pop out on the skin surface. In the initial days, these veins appear like blue or greyish lines on the skin, however as time passes they start bulging, weakening and even getting darker in colour. This condition is quite common and can cause complications like vein ruptures-bleeding, night pain, leg cramps, swelling disfiguring and other cosmetic concern.
How do they develop?
The lower limb veins have one-way valves that keep the blood moving towards the heart while preventing its backflow. Blood can back up and get collected in the veins if these valves are weak or impaired because of prolonged standing, vein- valve injury or familial condition sometimes. Over time this constant pooling of blood builds tension in the veins, which results in swelling. In such veins, increased pressure also results in the creation of spider veins and discoloured areas that look like bruises.
What are the sign-symptoms of Varicose veins?
Burning or Itching sensation
Intense Pain & Swelling
Heaviness & Fatigue
Bulging Veins or Muscle Cramps
In the majority of Varicose cases, the condition can be identified on the basis of a few signs and symptoms. This includes; change in colour or distorted, swollen or lumpy veins.
Those with complicated cases may also experience aching, heaviness in legs _ especially after exercise or at night, minor injuries or ruptures to the affected area may result in prolonged bleeding. Some patients have leg cramps when suddenly standing up, and a high percentage of patients with varicose veins also experience restless legs syndrome.
How do I know if I have Varicose Veins
We come across this question from at least one person each day. But there is nothing to worry since Varicose Veins is closely related to appearance, and its self-diagnosis is possible. However, getting USG –DOPPLER of your leg accurately diagnoses it as well as the extent of disease.
How do I know if the cause of my leg pain is varicose Vein?
It's Simple - get a Colour Doppler Sonography done. Clinical examination is needed to know if the cause of your leg pain is a Varicose Vein.
The Varicose Vein is very common but often neglected, considering it to be an acceptable/ bearable condition. Mostly when patients consult early, they can prevent future progression or complications that may arise if not treated in time. Also, the currently available day-care treatment options are painless and simple, so why to delay the treatment when it's more convenient to get cured/ treated.
Are you facing similar problems?
If you are facing these considerable discomforts in your legs, remember that quick help, and effective treatment is available at The Vascular Centers in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur.
How can you manage Varicose Veins?
The Varicose Veins can be managed with or without Laser Treatment, depending on the stage of your varicose vein disease.
What is the treatment of Varicose Veins?
Treatment depends upon the patient's current disease stage. Ranging from the Guidance - Simple preventive measures & lifestyle modification to Medical Management - Prescribing medicines and medical aid to Day Care – LASER treatment.
For solitary perforator disease Sclerotherapy with Ablation is needed with follow-up.
Newer treatment options for Varicose Veins are available which includes the non-thermal, non-tumescent, closure system like Cyanoacrylate Glue (also called as VenaSealTM); Mechanochemical Ablation (MOCA).
Benefits of Endovenous Laser Treatment
It is an OPD basic day-care procedure that doesn't require long-term hospitalization.
The patient can resume duty post-procedure immediately, even walk home on their own.
No open wound-scar except for a small puncture hole can be seen on the outside which heals almost quickly. This is why it is called scar-less & painless solution for Varicose Veins.
Before & After the procedure
We strongly consider approaching the Varicose Vein disease is not just medicines-operation but needs regular follow-up with wound care and lifestyle modification.
Reduction of body weight, in turn, reduces pressure over the lower limb, hence it is also equally important.
Care taken after the procedure
The patient is discharged the same or very next day walking himself home. Apart from postoperative 3-5 days oral medicines and regular follow up,
- The patient has to avoid standing for long hours - strenuous exercise -gym-Running for 7-14 days.
The patient has to wear the stocking during the daytime for approx 8-10 hours for 3-6 months.
The patient can continue with all routine activities and doesn't have to go on bed rest.
Is there any chance of recurrence?
Those treated with Laser, don't return for treatment; however, if we follow simple necessary lifestyle modification and wear stockings, chances of recurrence are negligible.
Is there any way I can prevent Varicose Veins?
Self-care Treatment of Varicose Veins involves the lifestyle change, use of compression stockings and exercise procedures.
Avoid prolonged sitting (specifically with legs crossed) or standing at one place.
Elevate your legs when resting at irregular intervals to increase venous return.
Gradual weight loss and exercise
Quit smoking tobacco
During long flight-journeys or prolonged sitting hours, get up and occasionally walk after about every hour.
Wearing compression stockings can help improve your blood flow. They come in different sizes and strengths, so it is best to select based on your doctor's guidance.
We are certified and experienced specialists in Varicose Veins and other such endo-vascular treatment. We have treated more than 1000 cases which range from regular to complex and some difficult ones. We are well established in 4 major cities and are following the most recent universal guidelines to help our patients with better comprehensive treatment techniques. Our motto-wish is constantly working hard towards providing patients with the needed care, comfort and cure.
How much does Varicose Veins treatment cost?
The complete expenses, including hospitalisation, admission, LASER Therapy-operation, anaesthesia, medications is approx. 60,000 to 1,20,000. Most insurance companies cover varicose veins in health insurance.
Will I have to pay separately for Colour Doppler?
The consultation charges cover both the clinical examination and Sonography-Colour Doppler.