There are two sets of veins in the legs-Deep Vein and Superficial Veins
Veins have valves which allow the blood to flow against gravity towards the heart. When these valves don’t function properly, they cause reflux and pooling of the blood into the leg veins because of gravity (Especially on standing or sitting). These enlarged, swollen veins are known as Varicose Veins.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
- Leg pain, heaviness, fatigue, cramps or leg swelling in the evening ( Especially after standing /walking)
- Discolouration of the skin (blackening, thickening, dryness, loss of hairs)
- Ulcers in leg
- Cosmetically poor legs
What causes these varicose veins?
- Long periods of standing and sedentary lifestyle
- Pregnancy causes an increase in hormone levels and blood volume, which in turn cause veins to enlarge
- Aging ( Due to loss of vein elasticity)
How can we prevent?
- Avoid standing still for long periods of time.
- Exercise regularly, such as walking.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Wear properly fitted compression stockings to prevent further deterioration of existing varicose veins.
What treatments are available?
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous Laser Treatment is a minimally invasive technique. It is done under local /regions! anaesthesia doesn’t require general anaesthesia or cut. A thin fibre is inserted into the vein percutaneously. Laser energy is delivered to the targeted veins, which absorbs the laser, causing the vein to close and seal.
- Outpatient procedure
- Quick and easy to perform
- Minimally invasive and less traumatic
- No scarring
- Excellent clinical and aesthetic results? Better result than surgery
- Reduced procedure costs