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Varicose: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Varicose veins are an extremely common condition. In this condition, your veins tend to become gnarled and enlarged, and stick out very prominently on your hands and feet. The reason why the veins become like this is unknown and these veins are generally quite harmless. They pose no threat to your health and are, more often than not, just a cosmetic concern for most patients who have them. However, in some cases, they can also cause pain and discomfort. This indicates that there is a problem with the circulatory system that needs to be looked at.

As varicose veins are mostly a cosmetic concern, people do not often seek out treatment for it. However, if they begin to cause pain or discomfort, difficulty in walking, and a throbbing sensation, then it means that there might be an underlying problem with the circulatory system, in which case there are certain treatment methods that must be called to use.

One of the most common ways to treat varicose ways is wearing compression socks. These help bring down the enlargement or swelling in the veins and reduce the overall discomfort and pain. Regular exercises to stimulate blood flow are also often recommended. Finally, if the veins cause too much trouble, they can be blocked or removed surgically to bring out some relief from this condition.

How is the treatment done?

Varicose veins are usually diagnosed by sight and a physical exam. The gnarled appearance of the veins along with the way they protrude is often quite distinctive, making this an easy condition to diagnose almost instantly. The doctor may also take your blood pressure to see whether your circulation is affected and if so, how much, before administering the right treatment course for you.

One of the most common treatment options is compression socks or stockings along with elastic bands. Compression socks essentially help squeeze all the blood upwards so that there are no clots formed in the legs where the varicose veins are. They also help reduce the overall swelling. Elastic bands are exactly what they sound like. They are tied around the limb to help compress the veins and the swelling. These treatment methods are generally very effective.

Apart from this, exercising on a regular basis is also recommended. With aerobic exercises lasting 15-20 minutes, you can stimulate your heart function and circulation, thereby taking some of the pressure off your veins. Weight loss also goes a long way when it comes to preventing or controlling the discomfort that comes with varicose veins.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone with varicose veins can seek out the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Many underlying conditions can cause your legs to pain or your veins to look prominent. If you have a condition that is different from varicose veins, then using the treatment options meant for this particular condition may not benefit you at all.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects to this treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

It is imperative to continue to exercise on a regular basis. Furthermore, controlling your diet so that you can lose weight can also go a long way.

How long does it take to recover?

It can take anywhere between 2 weeks to a month for your legs to stop aching completely.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Compression socks can cost anywhere between Rs. 1,000 – Rs. 2,000 depending on the brand you are purchasing.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Varicose veins are a lifelong ailment. Therefore, only continuing to use your treatment as directed can help you keep the results permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are many things you can do at home to manage the pain you are in. A hot compress soothes your muscles and a cold compress is also known for being effective for pain management. Soaking in a warm tub with lavender oil, which relaxes the body and reduces the blood pressure (since it is a vasodilator) can also help.

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Popular Health Tips

Varicose Veins

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FIAGES
General Surgeon, Gurgaon
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I am Dr. Vaibhav Kapoor. I am a consultant laparoscopic and Laser surgeon at Max Hospital Gurgaon.

Today I will be discussing about varicose veins and what are the new modalities in the treatment of varicose veins. So what are basically varicose veins, they are nothing but dilated tortuous veins over the lower leg, these veins are generally overfilling with blood. So what are the symptoms what do complete patients complaint of in varicose veins patient either complaint of dilated chord-like structure in the lower leg or they complain of pain when they stand for long or they might have itching in the lower half, some patients main complaint of skin pigmentation, in extreme cases it can lead to ulcer formation in the lower half of the leg and it can also cause bleeding. So why do they happen we need to understand the certain physiology behind it leg veins are generally anti-gravity veins they have from a lower part of the body towards the heart. So they have perforators in these which are unidirectional and which aid them taking the blood up. Now damage to these perforators leads to stasis of blood in the lower half of the vein. So these things, later on, lead to varicose veins. Now in extreme cases, we don't treat Varicose veins so what they can do they can either lead to the formation of ulcers in the lower half or patient might have started bleeding from the lower half of the body. So how do you diagnose it, Varicose veins is a clinical diagnosis one sees a surgeon and after clinical examination can confirm the diagnosis, you will take a need of ultrasound doppler which will confirm all perforator damage. Now how do you treat it in the initial studies we just tell the patient to avoid standing for long hours and to wear some compression stockings but the definitive treatment for Varicose veins is surgery. So conventionally or traditionally we have been doing open surgery which is being used to cut open at the upper part of the leg and strip the entire vein, nowadays the latest modality is laser treatment it is a pinhole surgery we generally make a small hole in a lower half of the skin on the lower leg and we enter the vein through that area, with the lasers fibre we reach to entire vein and specific amount of laser energy is delivered every cm of the vein and it is ablated. So advantages of a laser, its 10 minutes to 20 minutes surgery and it is almost painless, treatment is permanent it leads to minimal blood loss, minimal bleeding patients are able to tell out to went for the very next day and resume the normal activities in 3 days time. So we compare conventional surgery with laser surgery, so what are the advantages the conventional surgery in the conventional surgery used to tell patients to avoid walking, avoid standing for 2 to 3 months Hospital stay used to 3 to 5 days but with the help of laser surgery the surgical time is reduced to 20 to 25 minutes, patient goes home the same day, in 3 days he can start to work, the results are excellent and it's almost become painless, so these are the greatest advantages. So if you are facing these problems you can get in touch with me through my website which is drvaibhavkapoor.com at my website you will get complete information on laser treatment and on Varicose veins and proctology. If you want to visit me you can visit me at Pristyn Care, Pristyn Care is the only dedicated center in North India right now which are doing laser surgery for Varicose veins and as well as for proctology.

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Varicose Veins - 9 Signs You Are Suffering From It!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, Ted Rogers Fellowship
Vascular Surgeon, Delhi
Varicose Veins - 9 Signs You Are Suffering From It!

The veins are a type of blood vessels which collect impure blood from all parts of the body and return it to the heart. The veins in the legs especially are quite thick and need to exert extra pressure to pump blood against gravity towards the heart. In quite a few people, these veins could be engorged, swollen, and twisted, which are known medically as varicose veins.

Causes:
Defective or damaged valves in the blood vessels. Normally, the blood flow is controlled by valves which ensure blood flows in the desirable direction. When these valves are not able to control the flow of blood, then varicose veins can return
Thin vein walls can lead to improper flow of blood, resulting in varicose veins

Risk factors:

  1. Prolonged standing
  2. Obesity
  3. Pregnancy
  4. Smoking
  5. Surgery in the leg, which could have hampered the values or veins
  6. Age, as the elasticity of the vessels, reduces with age and can impede normal blood flow
  7. Family history

Symptoms:

  1. Blue, swollen veins in the legs which are thin and ropy
  2. Pain with prolonged standing followed by pain and tenderness
  3. Itching and heaviness in the legs
  4. Cramping in the night
  5. Blood clots in the superficial vessels
  6. Severe varicose veins can cause bleeding
  7. The area around the leg feels firm and/or hard
  8. There could be skin changes like scaling, dryness, and color changes
  9. Increased propensity to bleed in the affected leg

Diagnosis:

  1. Usually easily diagnosed in clinical examination
  2. The above-listed features are very characteristic and help in identifying them
  3. Further testing may be done to identify the problematic valve, usually using a tourniquet
  4. Doppler ultrasound, scanning, and MRI may be required to confirm diagnosis, which are quite rarely used

Prevention/Treatment:

  1. Keep the legs elevated as much as possible. During working hours, take short breaks where you are able to elevate the legs
  2. Even in prolonged journeys, try to take a break which will improve circulation
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Compression stocking (Ted hose or Jobst stocking) can be used to improve circulation. They also help in controlling pain and are very commonly recommended to treat varicose veins
  5. Avoiding alcohol, which leads to venous dilation
  6. Weight management, as being overweight is a big risk factor
  7. Do not cross legs when sitting, as it puts constant pressure on the valves
  8. Avoid tight clothing which can put pressure on the veins and/or valves
  9. Keep a regular exercise regimen like walking to improve blood flow
  10. Surgical treatment options include sclerotherapy, laser treatment, and stripping off the vein, but are not usually required.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Varicose Veins- LASER treatment, Radiofrequency Ablation And Sclerotherapy

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB (Vascular & Endovascular Surgery)
Vascular Surgeon, Delhi

Varicose veins is the term used for abnormally dilated and visible blue coloured veins on the thighs and legs. This condition is a manifestation of the disease better known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency.

Varicose veins on the leg

Varicose veins occur due to abnormalities in the valves of the veins, causing reversal of blood flow especially on the thigh and legs.

This disease is common in patients having jobs involving long periods of standing (teachers, field workers, nurses). Most of the times, it develops in females during pregnancy. It may also be hereditary, and more than one members of a family may be affected.

 

Difference between normal veins and varicose veins

This condition leads to swelling and discomfort of the legs and enlarged, easily visible blue veins that are painful and itchy.

Advanced stages of the disease can eventually lead to uncontrollable bleeding from the veins and non healing ulcers. In very late stages, it may lead to permanent damage and disfigurement of the leg.

Venous Ulcers in the advanced stages of the disease

A Diagnosis of varicose veins can be confirmed with the help of a simple Doppler ultrasound examination of the legs.

Treatment of varicose veins depends on the stage of the disease. In very early stages, wearing compression stockings and lifestyle modifications are sufficient to relieve symptoms. But advanced stages of the disease do need timely treatment to prevent progression to complications.

In earlier days, Surgery (Ligation and Stripping of the vein) was done for varicose veins which involved big incisions, was painful and associated with numerous complications such as bleeding, infection and recurrence. 

But with the introduction of newer technologies, surgery has been completely replaced by minimally invasive techniques which are Endovenous Laser ablation, Radiofrequency ablation and Sclerotherapy.

These procedures are done with needle holes and do not involve big incisions or stitches. Sclerotherapy involves injection of a drug into the small varicosities, which leads to closure and treatment of branch varicosities.

 

Results of Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation

Vascular Surgeon specialises in all these latest treatment options, and at our centre we have the maximum volume of patients in North India undergoing Laser and Radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins.

Benefits of this treatment are numerous, such as simple day care procedure, no incisions or scars, lesser treatment time, rapid recovery with reduced post operative pain and normal activities can be resumed immediately.

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Varicose Veins And Homeopathic Cure

BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Varicose Veins And Homeopathic Cure

Varicose veins is a common condition observed in practice whereby patients present with dilated, tortuous and elongated veins, especially on the legs. However, any vein in the body if gets twisted, stretched out or looses elasticity, could be labeled as varicose.

  • The veins have certain valve like mechanism which allows the blood to move upwards toward the heart. The valves have leaflets. When the leaflets loose their elasticity, the valves loose their capacity to push blood upwards; hence there is a back pressure which leads to further elongation of the veins. The veins also have reduced elasticity. As a result, the veins get ‘tortuous’ or twisted; as well as hardened. The veins, thus, become visible as zigzag vascular tubes, especially on legs.
  • Varicose veins affect especially the depending parts of the body that is lower limbs, which gets even worse when one tends to stand longer. People in the business of standing for long, such as sales people, policemen, plastic surgeon (tend to stand for hours during surgery), etc. Are risk of developing varicose veins
  • Homeopathy works very well for mild to moderate cases of varicose veins. It helps to reduce pain, control further varicosity, reduces swelling. Homeopathy also helps significantly in the cases which have varicose ulcers. Homeopathic treatment is strongly recommended for all cases of varicose veins 
  • You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects.
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Ayurvedic Treatment Options For Varicose Veins You Can Try!

MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment Options For Varicose Veins You Can Try!

Varicose Veins is a severe medical condition whereby the veins (mostly legs) become swollen, tortuous and dilated, i.e. the veins become varicosed. The Venous blood flows in an upward direction from the feet to the heart. There are special valves present in the veins that assist the upward flow of the blood. Fatigue, prolonged standing, menopause and a number of other factors can weaken the valves. This affects the movement of the blood flow. As a result, some of it leaks and flows back down. The affected veins turn bluish-brown, red or blue. There also occurs dryness, leading to unbearable itching. Redness or the Red Leg syndrome is very common in case of Varicose Veins.

A number of surgical and non-surgical options are available for Varicose Veins. The Ayurvedic treatment, with its effectiveness and negligible or zero side effects, is the most sought after option.

Identifying the root cause

Accurate diagnosis is very important for effective treatment. According to Ayurveda, an imbalance of the Vata (wind and space) plays a pivotal role in Varicose Veins. The role of Rakhta (blood) and Pitta (heat) cannot be neglected either. Thus, restoring the Vata balance becomes a very important part of the treatment.

The Vata balance can be easily restored by following a healthy lifestyle and having an equally healthy and nutritious diet:

  1. Citrus fruit like Amla works miraculously to revitalise the fatigued and Varicosed vein.
  2. Include fresh fruits, whole grains (oats, millets to name a few) and proteins (milk, eggs, fish and chicken) in your diet. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Red meat and spicy foods should be strictly avoided.
  4. Garlic, onion and ginger are very beneficial. Consume them regularly.
  5. Do not indulge in rigorous exercise or walking. Never soak your feet in cold water after exercise. It can prove to be detrimental for Varicose Veins.
  6. Do not compromise on your sleep. A rejuvenated body and a relaxed mind can enhance the healing process greatly.

Ayurvedic medicines and herbs for treating Varicose Veins

A number of Ayurvedic medicines are available that treats Varicose Veins very effectively:

  • Kaishora guggulu: Being a natural cleanser of blood, Kaishora guggulu is an obvious choice for Varicose Veins.
  • Sarivadyasava: It goes a long way to detoxify the blood naturally.
  • Chirabilvadi kashaya: It is very effective in case of haemorrhoids.

Sahacharadi: It is amazing herbal oil that provides great relief. Tender application of Sahacharadi over the varicose vein/ veins can work wonders. Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Brhami go a long way to restore the Vata balance. Do not lose sleep over Varicose Veins. The best and most effective Ayurvedic treatment is just a click away. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Popular Questions & Answers

My 50 year old mother from yesterday complains right leg looking somewhat bulged than her left leg. Even I felt so. She do not have any pain but has varicose veins in both legs. Why can this be due to varicose veins?

MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear Lybrate user, Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly. Usually varicose veins do not give bulge of the leg. There is only prominent veins seen over the surface in particular territory of the veins so consult in private with a photo picture of the buldgidelines Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery. Welcome for any further assistance at my private URL https://www.Lybrate.com/gandhinagar/doctor/dr-bhagyesh-patel-general-surgeon Regards take care.

I am 47 years old woman. I have the problem of varicose veins. How it can be treated and what procedures will be done .please advice what I should do.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Diplomate of National board in Surgical Oncology
General Surgeon, Kolkata
Hi lybrate-user milder degrees of varicose vein can be treated with stockinettes for higher degrees trendelenberg operation or endovascular surgery may be sufficient. However a correct diagnosis is needed. Get a usg color doppler done. Consult a surgeon for right treatment.

Left side Varicocele ,A simply cryst 9.2×7.7 in head of epidimise. Kya ye dawai se jaayega ya fir surgery karni hogi .Aur operation ka kitna kharcha hoga aur kitne din baad karna hoga aur kya risky operation hai muze kitne din baad relief hoga.

MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear Lybrate user, Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly. Ye size ke cyst me koi surgery ki jarurat nahi hoti to kharch ki chinta hi chhod de Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?