A Route to Correct Treatment For Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged, and reddish-green veins present superficially on your skin. These are commonly seen in the lower legs since prolonged standing or sitting can exert excess pressure on your lower body. This usually occurs due to disturbance in the one-way valve system of the veins, causing abnormal blood pooling around the affected veins, leading to their enlargement. Varicose veins could be mild with only cosmetic concerns, but it can be painful for some, leading to more severe problems. Treatment may include conservative methods (compression stockings and lifestyle changes) as a first-line treatment or surgical intervention (vein ligation and stripping, sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, laser surgery, etc.) as a last resort.
Enlarged, twisted (gnarled), swollen veins commonly seen in your lower legs are known as varicose veins or varicosities. These occur when your veins become dilated and overfilled with blood, typically raised and bluish-purple or reddish-green. They can be extremely painful, causing discomfort and negatively impacting your quality of life.
Varicose veins may appear different when different veins are affected with varying patterns and progression. These include:
Veins have a one-way valve system that prevents blood from flowing backward. When these valves fail, weaken, or get damaged, the blood pools around the affected vein instead of continuing toward your heart. This causes increased pressure within the vein leading to the stretching of the vein walls and enlarging them.
Some potential risk factors increase your likelihood of developing varicose veins, such as:
The most classic sign of varicose veins is the presence of bluish-purple or reddish-green veins in your lower legs. Other symptoms include:
The symptoms most often depend on the stages of varicose veins, which include:
Varicose veins are easy to diagnose due to the characteristic features such as twisted and enlarged bluish-green veins in your lower legs. Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and record your medical history to rule out other pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes (increased blood sugar levels), hypertension (high blood pressure), blood disorders, and other diseases related to your heart, lungs, or kidneys.
Your provider/doctor will conduct a physical examination and order a few diagnostic tests to confirm varicose veins.
Treatment of varicose veins depends on the stage and severity of the condition, although you cannot permanently cure it. Treatment usually helps to cosmetically benefit your legs' appearance and relieve symptoms like pain, swelling, and skin changes.
This is the first line of treatment option when you observe early signs of varicose veins, such as spider or blue veins. Your doctor may suggest the following:
Your doctor may recommend surgery if the above non-surgical methods fail to provide relief.
Invasive Surgery (Vein Ligation and Stripping)
This is a traditional surgery performed under general anesthesia (a numbing agent that sedates your whole body and puts you to sleep during the surgery). It involves large, extensive incisions or cuts to access the affected vein, which is surgically removed (stripped). The cut ends are tied together (ligated) to stop the blood flow.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
These are minimally invasive since the procedure involves small incisions or cuts to access the affected vein.
Treating varicose veins to relieve symptoms that can negatively impact your quality of life is important. However, if left untreated, it can lead to a series of complications that can vary according to the severity of varicose veins. The complications may usually develop several years after the initial diagnosis.
You may not be able to prevent varicose veins if it is inherited; however, you can reduce your chances of developing them by the following preventive measures.
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No, they are not. There are 3 main venous systems in our body - deep, superficial and perforators. Varicose veins can occur on any of these. The treatment is decided based on which area it has affected.
You can do so if the condition is in its initial stages. This can be done with conservative or medical management. However, stages 3 and 4 of the condition require you to have a minimally invasive procedure done, and surgery, in some cases. You’ll need to consult your doctor to know better.
In most cases, any Varicose veins that had appeared after the start of pregnancy will disappear post childbirth. You need to consult your doctor to know if surgery is required, and if it is, should it be performed before or after childbirth. Complications are rare as it’s an outpatient procedure, however consulting your doctor is required.
Since the affected vein gets removed, chances of recurrence are very low. But if the same lifestyle is maintained, chances of varicose veins appearing in a different vein increase. The doctor will suggest some lifestyle changes to prevent this.
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