Blood is circulated in our body through arteries and veins. ‘Varicose veins’ is a condition which affects the veins of the legs and makes them enlarged. It mainly occurs due to malfunctioning of the valves in the leg veins. This causes overfilling of blood in these veins. These veins appear dark purple and are clearly visible through the skin. They may become swollen and painful. They may also cause heaviness and discomfort.
Changing lifestyle and insufficient physical activity can trigger varicose veins. Working in a sitting or standing position for long hours. This has resulted in an overall reduction of human physical activity and can have ill effects on your body and blood circulation.
Excessive body weight or obesity is another factor which can cause varicose veins. Fattening foods have high fat and carbohydrate content and less of fibre. Intake foods coupled with lack of physical movement result in weight gain. Excessive weight develops pressure on the veins of your legs causing difficulty in a healthy flow of blood. This causes varicose veins.
Wearing high heels can aggravate your varicose veins. Low heeled shoes will ensure proper circulation in leg veins and exercise your calf muscles.
Frequently taking of birth control or contraceptive pills can also result into the slowing of blood flow in your blood vessels. This can cause clotting and varicose veins. In women symptoms, varicose veins may be aggravated during their menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
Some other factors which can put you at risk of getting varicose veins are heredity, increasing age, weak or damaged veins developing blood clots.
Can they be brought back to normal?
Yes. Varicose veins can definitely be brought back to normal. Various treatment options are available to cure varicose veins. Your doctor may choose one of the treatments depending on the condition of your veins.
Firstly, the doctor will have a look at the visible veins of your leg while you are sitting or standing. He/she may also ask you about the painful areas of the legs. Once this has been assessed, the doctor may get an ultrasound done. It is a simple procedure where veins are viewed and blood flow in the veins is measured using high-frequency waves.
The treatment for severe symptoms of varicose veins is mainly surgical. Recent surgical techniques are minimally invasive and do not involve big surgical cuts.
Various surgical techniques like sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, and others have been used with more or less success. Endovenous Laser Treatment is one of the newest technique for treating varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is an excellent technique of having a good success rate. The doctor will confirm all your weak veins, using a Duplex Ultrasound Scan and will determine the best place to insert the catheter. Then the area will be numbed using a local anaesthetic. Once the area has become numb, a small cut is made on the skin for the catheter and a guide-wire to pass. An optical laser fibre is then passed through the catheter. The affected veins are sealed with the help of laser energy. The entire procedure is painless and approximately takes an hour.
After the procedure, the patients go home with a bandage and stockings placed by your surgeon. These have to be kept on for a day or two as you surgeon advices you. Bandages can be removed after two days of having the treatment after having a bath. Later on, stockings should be worn during the day and taken off at night
While sleeping, you should keep in mind to place two pillows under your feet. You will be given some medications to avoid pain and the risk of infection. It is essential that you complete course of these medicines. You can start with routine activities within two or three days and resume work within a week. You should avoid long hour flights for at least 6 weeks.
If varicose veins are troubling you and you are looking for a cure you should consult a vascular surgeon in your town. Dr. Abhilash Shandalya is one of the best vascular surgeons in Hyderabad. He has successfully treated varicose veins for numerous patients.
You can visit Flow Vascular clinic at H.No: 2-22-298/2/A, Sree Krishna Diagnostic Center Building, 2nd Floor, Beside Kalamandir, KPHB Main Road, Kukatpally, Hyderabad. You can also book an appointment In Flow Vascular Clinic or call on (+91) 99896 49498,99590 33037.
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