A number of factors predispose a person to varicose veins and spider veins. These include:
Other reported causes include trauma or injury to the skin, previous vein surgery, and exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Varicose veins and spider veins develop more often in women than in men. They increase in frequency with age. An estimated 30% to 60% of adults have varicose veins or spider veins.
Majority of patients with varicose veins have no symptoms. Some people are concerned about the appearance of the veins.
Many people with varicose veins complain of pain, described as an aching or cramping in the legs. Other common symptoms include tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs. Pain from these veins is usually relieved by elevating the legs or by wearing stockings.
In women, symptoms may be worse during certain parts of the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. Less common is swelling, ulcers and a darkening of the skin, especially in the ankle region. Occasionally, varicose veins can form a painful blood clot with inflammation of the vein, a condition called thrombophlebitis.
Symptoms are worse at the end of the day, and symptomatic relief may be achieved by leg elevation, mobilization, and exercise.
Except for cosmetic reasons, most people with very early varicose veins – reticular/spider veins do not need any treatment.
All patients with gross visible veins and having symptoms or developing complications will need treatment.
In this procedure, your doctor injects small and medium-sized varicose veins with a solution or foam that scars and closes those veins. In a few weeks, treated varicose veins should fade.
Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is effective if done correctly. Sclerotherapy doesn't require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor's clinic.
Injection of a large vein with a foam solution is also a possible treatment to close a vein and seal it.
Vascular Doctors are using new technology in laser treatments to close off smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Laser treatment works by sending strong bursts of light onto the vein, which makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.
In one of these treatments, your doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) into an enlarged vein and heats the tip of the catheter using either radiofrequency or laser energy. As the catheter is pulled out, the heat destroys the vein by causing it to collapse and seal shut. This procedure is the preferred treatment for larger varicose veins.
This procedure involves tying off a vein before it joins a deep vein and removing the vein through small incisions. This is an outpatient procedure for most people. Removing the vein won't keep blood from circulating in your leg because veins deeper in the leg take care of the larger volumes of blood.
Your Vascular Doctor removes smaller varicose veins through a series of tiny skin punctures. Only the parts of your leg that are being pricked are numbed in this outpatient procedure. Scarring is generally minimal.
You might need this operation only in an advanced case involving leg ulcers if other techniques fail. Your Vascular Surgeon uses a thin video camera inserted in your leg to visualize and close varicose veins and then removes the veins through small incisions. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
Endovenous laser ablation is a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive procedure for the treatment of superficial venous insufficiency, which causes varicose veins.
It is an ultrasound-guided technique by which a thin catheter is inserted into the affected vein using a needle. This modern technique completely avoids surgery-related complications and the subsequent aesthetic damage, allowing the patient to enjoy an optimal level of comfort with minimal pain and discomfort both during the procedure itself and afterwards.
The laser catheter emits energy into the interior of the varicose vein, causing irreversible damage but without the tissue trauma and potential peripheral nerve damage that was characteristic of the traditional "stripping" technique.
If you don't respond to self-care or compression stockings, or if your condition is more severe, your doctor may suggest one of these varicose vein treatments:
Laser treatment is the most advanced and simplest way to treat varicose veins effectively. You should get your laser treatment done by a specialized vein doctor to get the safest laser treatment and to avoid any associated risks or complications like pigmentation or darkening of the skin.
Visit Dr. Kushan Nanavati for discussing risks, benefits of Minimal Invasive Laser Treatment for treating your Varicose Veins in Vadodara, Gujarat. Dr. Kushan Nanavati (MBBS, MS, DNB) is an eminent, MCI recognized Consultant Vascular Surgeon practicing in Vadodara, Gujarat since 2019. He is associated with VINS Hospital, Vadodara & also attached with the majority of corporate/multispecialty hospitals across the city.
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