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Varicose Veins Treatment & Diagnosis in Chembur, Mumbai

Varicose veins or varicosities are twisted, enlarged veins in your legs. Though varicose veins may be a cosmetic concern for some, in others it may require vascular surgery. It is said women are most commonly affected by varicose veins. 

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur due to enlargement or dilation of your veins due to which they present with a swollen, raised, painful condition leading to discoloration of these veins (bluish-purple or red color). They may be painful and commonly occur on the lower extremities (legs). Spider veins which are similar to varicose veins resemble a spider’s web but are found more proximally to the skin’s surface

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

In most cases, varicose veins may present as painless veins which are discolored and may appear as bulging, twisted veins in your legs. However, other symptoms as mentioned below may also occur:

  • Swollen legs
  • Burning or throbbing in your legs
  • Soreness, muscle cramping or aching in your legs
  • Itching around your swollen veins
  • Brown discoloration, exclusively around your ankles
  • Leg ulcers

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur due to weakening of the vein or a defective valve of the vein. When this occurs, blood collects in your vein, instead of proceeding towards your heart, leading to the pooling of blood within your veins thus causing their enlargement. Though the cause may be unknown, risk factors may include prolonged standing, obesity, family history, pregnancy, menopause and advancing age.

When should you consult a doctor?

You should consult a doctor if you spot varicose veins, swelling in your ankles, aching legs and bleeding of the varicose veins. Also, if your condition has worsened despite self-care measures, do not hesitate to get in touch with your doctor. You can search for a varicose veins specialist near me or varicose veins hospitals near me.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chembur, Mumbai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

Your doctor will perform a physical examination to observe your legs in the standing position. In addition to this physical examination and your medical history, your doctor may also advise certain diagnostic procedures like a doppler scan which is an ultrasound exam to check the blood flow in your veins.

How are varicose veins treated?

Usually, treatment may not be required for varicose veins. However, if symptoms worsen, then your doctor may advocate the following treatment.

  • Elevation of legs for 15 minutes 3 to 4 times in a day
  • Compression stockings to prevent pooling of blood
  • Sclerotherapy involves injection of saline solution into the affected veins enabling other veins to take over their job
  • Thermal ablation in which the wall of the varicose vein is destroyed using radiofrequency energy
  • Vein stripping to remove the varicose veins
  • Micro phlebectomy which may be done along with vein stripping to remove the affected veins

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Conclusion

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins usually seen in your legs. With certain lifestyle changes you may be able to manage the pain caused by them. Though they may not cause any medical complications, it is better to seek therapy at the earliest.

Reference Links:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/syc-20350643

https://www.healthline.com/health/varicose-veins#treatment-and-prevention

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/varicose-veins

Why do varicose veins usually occur in the legs?

The veins in your legs carry blood to your heart and work against gravity to do so. This results in more workload on them due to which these veins are usually affected.

What are the complications from varicose veins?

Though not serious, certain complications like swelling or inflammation of your veins, blood clots, ulcers or vein rupture may occur.

How can I prevent varicose veins?

You can prevent varicose veins by maintaining a healthy weight, regularly exercising, consuming a low-salt and high-fiber diet, avoiding crossing your legs while sitting, elevating your legs and avoiding high heels and tight clothing.

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