Varicose veins are dilated, torturous and visible veins that can lead to a series of serious health problems. Veins are like balloons. Once they are deceased they don’t get back to their normal condition.
60% of the population are at the risk of having varicose veins of which 30% will progress to complication stage.
Common symptoms include
- Pain in the leg
- Swelling in the leg
- Skin gangrene
- Clot formations in the leg
A varicose vein as long as they don’t give any of the above symptoms no treatment is required. Once you have any of the above mentioned symptoms please consult a vascular surgeon at the earliest.
Treatment of varicose veins:
Varicose veins can be treated by three means:
- Medical treatment
- Surgical treatment – Injections/Surgery/Laser (Radio frequency ablation)
- Other means where in the patient is asked to wear stockings
Varicose veins surgery normally takes a long duration of time and patient needs an admission for more than a week. It is a painful procedure.
The latest treatment of Varicose veins is Laser Radio frequency ablation surgery. This is a day care surgery wherein the patient can get the surgery done in the morning under local anaesthesia and go home by evening. It is a completely painless surgery.
Advantages of laser – radio frequency ablation surgery:
- General anaesthesia is not required
- Day care procedure (No stay in the hospital is required)
- High success rate
- Less complications
- Cost effective
- Minimal scars
Post surgery the patient is advised to wear stockings for 2 months.
Laser Radio frequency ablation has a higher success rate than the normal surgery.
Laser Radio frequency ablation surgery is done regularly at Pristine Hospital.
Preventive Measures for Varicose Veins:
- Don’t stand for long time
- Don’t be obese
- Sedentary life should be avoided
- Sometimes, it is congenital (genetics)