- WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?
- METHODS OF TREATMENT
- DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS
- Case Studies
To answer this question, we need to know why varicose veins occur. Veins are blood vessels which take the used blood (deoxygenated blood) from the tissues back to the heart. In the legs, there are a countless number of veins, both deep veins and the superficial veins. Varicose veins are a disease of the superficial veins.
There are two main systems of the superficial veins in the legs. The Great Saphenous vein in the thigh and leg, and the Short Saphenous Vein in the calf. Of course, there are many branches of these two vein systems. Now, all these veins have several one-way valves in them. These one-way valves ensure that the blood goes upwards towards the heart, against the force of gravity.
If any of these valves are weak, either from birth or later due to the ageing process of the body, the veins will be unable to return the blood upwards towards the heart. The blood starts flowing back towards the legs when the patient stands up or sits up. This leads to increased pressure in the veins, leading to their enlargement and dilatation. These enlarged veins are called varicose veins.
The treatment of the leaking varicose veins is nowadays performed by various non-surgical treatment procedures, such as laser, RFA, Sclerotherapy, Glue, etc. By these treatments, we close the leaking veins. However, it is possible that the patient has other vein valves which are weak, but which have not yet started leaking. Over a period, these valves will become weaker, and the leakage of blood in those veins will again lead to the development of Varicose Veins in another area of the leg.
So yes, varicose veins can redevelop. However, in most patients, these are newer veins which have become varicose. Whilst it is difficult to predict the exact number, approximately 5 to 15% of patients will develop never varicose veins in their lifetime. Therefore, it is important that patients take care of their weight, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, avoiding lifting heavyweight, and control their thyroid disease, even after treatment.
In a small number of patients, the original closed vein may re-open. However, this is very rare. It is therefore important that you have your varicose veins accurately mapped before the procedure by ultrasound, and treated by a doctor who is very well experienced in this treatment procedure, and the equipment which is used is the best available.
At Doctor House Cardiovascular Centre, our doctors have performed many thousands of procedures. If fact, this is the largest individual volume centre in the entire country. We have access to the latest state of the art equipment and perform our procedures at very well-equipped centres.
In summary, therefore, the advanced laser and other treatment procedures massively reduce the chances of varicose veins coming back but cannot guarantee a permanent cure. In medical terms, varicose vein is a chronic ailment and the varicose veins may redevelop in the future for the patients who were successfully treated in the past. In unfortunately, you are one of those patients who comes back with new veins, you can still get them eliminated by the painless endovenous laser treatment.
Varicose veins are not only a cosmetic issue. These veins could also be a sign of something more troublesome. Patients often wonder whether their varicose veins could be the cause of a more serious heart problem.
Varicose Veins and Heart Disease
When we speak of Heart Disease, we are usually talking of diseases involving the arteries, which are blood vessels carrying fresh blood from the heart to various organs of the body. However, Varicose veins occur due to malfunctioning valves in the veins of the body – vessels which carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. Therefore, per se, varicose veins do not cause any of the common heart diseases like a heart attack. Thus, even though the presence of varicose veins signals towards an unhealthy blood circulation, it does not necessarily point towards heart disease. However, patients with varicose veins are more prone to developing blood clots in the veins – either in the superficial varicose veins themselves, or the deep veins of the legs. These clots can occasionally break of, and go and lodge into the lungs, causing an potentially dangerous condition called Pulmonary Embolism. If the clot is large, this can rapidly lead to Right Heart Failure and death. In fact, many cases of sudden death in patient of Varicose veins can be attributed to Pulmonary Embolism.
Therefore, while Varicose veins can be a cosmetic issue in most patients, if you have significant disease, it may be worth your while to consult your doctor regarding the severity of your disease, and undergo appropriate ultrasound tests for your veins.
At Doctor House Cardiovascular Centre, we have state of the art Ultrasound equipment, used for the diagnosis of Varicose Veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis. Our doctors have performed thousands of Venous Doppler tests at our centre on our patients. An accurate Venous ultrasound study is of the utmost importance to determine the stage and severity of your Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins Complications
For a majority of the people, varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern. Although varicose veins are not a potential risk for heart ailments, they do pose a serious risk to the overall health and well-being of the patient. Thus, it is extremely important to understand the medical conditions and complications related to varicose veins in order to prevent health loss in the long run.
As varicose veins prevent blood flow, there is excessive accumulation of blood in the affected area. This causes the veins to enlarge and leads to swelling which is usually accompanied by pain and a feeling of heaviness. Patients also complain of discomfort in the form of itching, a feeling of heaviness, and a constant sensation of throbbing.
This medical condition can worsen further and progress to other health issues in case of delay or lack of treatment. Blood pooling causes extreme pressure and can result in open sores known as active venous ulcers. Some patients can even develop blood clots in their deep veins (DVT i.e. Deep Vein Thrombosis) and chronic venous insufficiency.
In DVT, if the blood clot breaks free, it can travel to any body part like the heart, lungs, and others. A blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) can hinder oxygen supply to the vital body organs and even cause the untimely death of the patient. Thus, varicose veins must never be ignored as a mere cosmetic annoyance.
Even though varicose veins and heart diseases are not inter-related medical complications, both respond well to healthy lifestyle changes. In both these health conditions, patients have been known to benefit from eating a nutritional diet and having a daily exercise regime.
If you have varicose veins, you are also sure to experience relief from swelling and pain by raising your legs above the level of your heart while lying down. You must also speak to your vascular expert about the recommended usage of compression stockings that help improve the blood flow from the legs back to the heart.
However, if your varicose veins are causing extreme trouble, you must consider getting them removed or permanently closed through surgical procedures. In contrast to the open surgeries which were much painful and discomforting, these days the minimally invasive procedures have got popular due to their high success rate and faster healing.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is a trained vascular interventional radiologist and an expert at performing the painless laser ablation treatment of varicose veins. He performs the laser ablation as an outpatient procedure and all varicose veins are treated in a single session. The patients can go back home on the same day and continue to perform their everyday activities from the very next day.
It is a painless, minimally invasive, scar-less, convenient, and safe treatment procedure for varicose veins. There is no need of general anaesthesia as doctors only use local anaesthesia in the affected area to make small incisions and check for the location of varicose veins through a live duplex ultrasound scan.
The heat from the laser fibre is used to close off and burn away the damaged veins which get reabsorbed in the body. The body also automatically re-routes the blood to neighbouring healthy veins. Patients get immediate relief from pain, swelling, and itching.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is internationally qualified and ranked as the best vascular surgeon in South India. He ensures patient comfort and satisfaction at all times before, during, and even after the procedure. If you are looking for the best treatment of varicose veins, do not look elsewhere, schedule your appointment with Dr. Rajah V Koppala today!
Do you face trouble in falling asleep? Occasional discomfort while trying to go to bed is not uncommon but regular night time inconvenience that hinders with your sleep must never be ignored. For a majority of the people, the bluish-purple varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue and do not cause any other discomfort. But for most others, these damaged veins cause irritation and itching in the affected area along with a feeling of heaviness and a continuous throbbing sensation.
Varicose veins also lead to extreme swelling and unbearable cramping in the legs and feet. Patients often complain of excessive pressure in the leg veins due to large amounts of pooled blood. All these symptoms are quite likely to intensify at night. During the day, patients are usually too busy to notice or complain about these discomforting symptoms. It is only at night that most patients feel the intensity of the symptoms and complain about the rising uneasiness.
The night time varicose veins symptoms can interfere with the patients’ sleep and make it extremely difficult for them to either fall asleep or go into a deep sleep. Over time, the patient’s sleep quality can get deteriorated which in-turn can lead to degradation of the patient’s overall health.
Varicose veins have also been linked to another medical disorder named RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) which is also known to make it difficult for the patients to enjoy a restful night of sleep. In this health complication, patients experience itching and a feeling of pinpricks on their legs and feet, mostly when they are trying to sleep. In order to get relief from these symptoms, the RLS patients witness a strong urge to move their legs but to no avail.
According to reports from numerous medical studies, varicose veins have been strongly linked to RLS. In recent medical research, all 174 RLS patients also had varicose veins. These two medical conditions are very similar in their symptoms as well. Varicose veins along with RLS make it nearly impossible for the patient to sleep at night and take rest. The patient remains disturbed and unable to sleep. These conditions can further progress to other health complications and thus you must seek timely medical assistance.
If you are unable to fall asleep at night due to leg cramps and itching or swelling, do not delay seeing a renowned healthcare practitioner who will help you identify the exact cause of discomfort and uneasiness. It is only after pinpoint diagnosis can the doctors help you with genuine medical treatment for relief from symptoms and peaceful sleep.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is a knowledgeable and highly experienced healthcare practitioner. He is a trained vascular surgeon and a skilled interventional radiologist. He has completed 12000+ laparoscopic procedures with a cent percent success rate. He begins with a detailed physical examination of the patients and also makes a note of their symptoms along with their medical history. Dr. Rajah V Koppala does confirm details about the patient’s family history of medical ailments as varicose veins are also a genetic disorder.
He might recommend an ultrasound scan to find out the severity of varicose veins and identify their precise location. Dr. Rajah will suggest the ideal treatment process only after a thorough medical examination. You need not be scared of going under the knife to get rid of varicose veins. Dr. Rajah V Koppala is trained to offer laparoscopic laser treatment of varicose veins which is not only painless but also minimally invasive and totally safe.
In the laser ablation process, Dr. Rajah V Koppala uses laser heat to burn off and close the damaged varicose veins. The body re-routes the blood to other neighboring healthy veins and the closed veins get reabsorbed in the body. This process is fairly quick and offers faster healing. The patient can perform everyday activities and join the office the next day. This process requires only minimal post-operative care and there are negligible chances of varicose veins recurrence after their laser removal.
Avis Vascular Centre has the most modern infrastructure and the latest medical equipment to ensure a hassle-free medical experience for all its patients. It also has tie-ups with all leading national insurance providers and offers the best patient support for the fastest Mediclaim assistance.
For world-class medical care and to cure your discomforting varicose veins, look nowhere else as the choicest medical aid is available at the most affordable prices from Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre. Schedule your consultation visit and do not forget to claim your free ultrasound scan! Book now!
It is a known fact that DVT i.e. Deep Vein Thrombosis is common amongst the obese and old age people who have a sedentary lifestyle and do not move around much. People who consume large amounts of fatty food, alcohol, and caffeine, and do not have an exercise routine are highly likely to suffer from deteriorated blood flow. This compromised blood flow from the limbs back to the heart causes excessive blood pooling and leads to undue pressure on the vein walls thus resulting in severe swelling and unbearable pain. In the scenario of delay or lack of treatment, this condition can further progress to the medical disorder called DVT.
DVT is symbolized by the development of blood clots in the deep veins that can break free and travel to other body parts. These blood clots can lead to numerous other health complications and their presence in the heart or lungs is life-threatening for the patient. DVT has always been associated with inactivity. Patients who have to remain seated for extended durations either on their desk job or on long flights are highly likely to suffer from DVT.
While it is undeniable that overweight people with an unhealthy lifestyle are more probable of developing varicose veins and complain of DVT, it is no longer a rare phenomenon for the young and physically fit people to also be diagnosed with blood clots in their deep veins. In the recent times, a large number of athletic people who follow a strict fitness regime and are not over 30 years have complained of discomfort that was later on diagnosed to be due to the presence of blood clots in the deep veins.
The popular basketball player Brandon Ingram is no different. He is merely 21 years old and in good shape but had to skip an important basketball tournament due to the extreme pain that he felt on lifting up his arm. The doctors later confirmed it to be because of a blood clot in his arm.
Effort-induced Thrombosis, TOS Explained
DVT is becoming a surprisingly common medical condition among young athletes who play sports that require repeated overhead motions. They are at an alarming risk of “effort-induced thrombosis”. Although DVT for obese and inactive people is common in the lower body, the upper body DVT is usually associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) which is also largely linked with repeated arm movements. TOS compresses the blood vessels in the upper chest which are mainly responsible for supplying blood to the arms.
The basketball player Ingram’s DVT condition was classified as Paget-Schroetter Disease. This is a prevalent medical disorder in young male athletes who perform strenuous activities. This is usually caused by a congenital defect in the collarbone or clavicle. Due to this abnormality, there is limited blood flow in the upper body and this leads to DVT. TOS can also occur due to repeated sports injury, trauma from a car accident, or an anatomical issue. Patients usually experience swelling and weakness in the arm.
Prevention and Treatment of DVT
As DVT can occur to the young as well as the old, it is necessary for people of all age groups to take the necessary precautions to prevent blood clots and related medical disorders. The only home remedy to DVT is a healthy lifestyle. You must eat healthy food and exercise every day. Cut down on your caffeine and alcohol intake. Limit the consumption of fatty foods and drink sufficient water throughout the day.
Ensure to take frequent breaks when undertaking long flights or road trips. Always find time to get up, stretch your limbs and walk a little before taking your seat again. If you have a medical history or family background of DVT, you are more likely of developing DVT than others. Ensure to speak to your vein specialist regarding the precautionary usage of compression stockings that also help ease the early symptoms of mild swelling and pain.
DVT can be easily cured through painless and minimally invasive laser ablation treatment. It is a brief process performed as an outpatient treatment under the influence of local anesthesia. Patient need not take admission in the hospital and can go back home on the same day.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is a vascular specialist with over two decades of medical experience and a proven history of successful treatment procedures. He is an internationally qualified and extensively trained laparoscopic surgeon and excels in the laser treatment of varicose veins and DVT.
Patient comfort and satisfaction are his highest priority. He ensures to offer a seamless medical experience to all patients. He only performs the USFDA approved procedures in full compliance with all protocols from the American College of Phlebology.
For the best-in-class medical assistance for DVT and the most genuine laser treatment along with facilities of free duplex ultrasound scan, schedule your appointment with distinguished vascular surgeon Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Hyderabad’s best medical institute Avis Vascular Centre. Book now!
There is no denying the fact that being a housewife and taking care of the home is still the most under-rated job in the world. Most working professionals tend to undervalue the multitude of efforts that the housewives make every single day to keep their homes neat and tidy. Housewives neither have defined job roles nor receive any salary at the end of the month but still continue to work selflessly to ensure that everything is in place. The everyday chores are extremely tiring both physically and mentally. Women working all day at home find no time for relaxation and leisure.
Shopping for groceries, cooking meals for everyone, washing and ironing the clothes, doing the dishes, and sweeping the floor are just some of the everyday tasks of the housewives who try to manage all their duties by multi-tasking and forget to take rest in between. Whether it is standing in queues for milk and grocery, working in the kitchen, or getting things done from the house help, women have to remain standing for extended times at a stretch all throughout the day.
Most housewives do not get much time for themselves during the day. They hardly ever go out for a walk and do not generally have a workout routine either. They are busy and always on the go which makes them ignore their own health and even unsee the early symptoms of the common health complications.
Needless to say, the everyday routine is harsher for housewives who are also mothers to new-borns, toddlers or even grown-ups. Apart from the household chores, a mother also has additional responsibilities of taking care of the baby. They manage their food, exercise, studies, school, and even play.
Most of them get up even before the sunrise to be able to pack freshly cooked home-made meals for their children for lunch. During the children’s school time, mothers prioritize the household chores to ensure that they can give all their time to the children when they are back from their school.
The job duties of a mother do not end at school time. All most all mothers remain occupied in taking their children to the park for playtime and to evening classes for homework. They do feel exhausted but sacrifice their life for the well-being and the right upbringing of their children.
In the quest to be the ideal housewife and the best mother, women pay little to no attention to their own health. The everyday tiring schedule tends to take a toll on their health and they do not pay any attention to the pains and body aches. Most women have agreed that by the end of the day, they are left with little to no energy to be able to get up and serve dinner. They often complain of cramping in the legs accompanied by extreme swelling and severe discomfort.
A large number of them may not know that these are the early signs of varicose veins. Due to malfunctioning valves, certain veins primarily in the legs and feet restrict the blood flow of deoxygenated blood back to the heart. These damaged veins may or may not be visible to the naked eyes but cause intense pain in the affected area and lead to blood pooling which eventually results in enlarged veins that can be seen protruding from the skin surface.
Varicose veins, when left untreated, can result in numerous other health complications of the vascular system such as chronic venous insufficiency, active venous ulcers, blood clots, DVT (deep vein thrombosis), and even the life-threatening condition named pulmonary embolism. Instead of consulting to a specialist, women keep giving the home-remedies a try in hope of relief but are unaware of the fact the delay in the right treatment not only progresses the disease but also makes it difficult for the doctors to cure the medical condition.
All housewives and mothers must prioritize their own health and visit a vein specialist in case of repeated discomfort in the legs. In case of any early signs, book a consultation visit with Hyderabad’s renowned doctor for painless treatment of varicose veins, Dr. Rajah V Koppala. He is an internationally qualified healthcare practitioner with more than two decades of medical experience and a history of 12000+ successful laparoscopic procedures. He is a trained vascular surgeon and a highly acclaimed laparoscopic surgeon.
His expertise and success rate have made him a top-rated doctor for the painless, minimally invasive, and zero downtime laser treatment of varicose veins. This procedure does not require the patient to get admission to the hospital and is performed under the influence of local anesthesia. The laser ablation procedure is totally safe and ensures reduced chances of varicose veins recurrence. Patients can perform their daily activities and join the office on the next day after the treatment.
RLS is the synonym for Restless Legs Syndrome which is primarily a neurological disorder as opposed to varicose veins that signal towards a vascular disease. Although these are two entirely different medical conditions, varicose veins and RLS are often confused and also linked with each other. In this blog, let us understand how are these two related to each other. Stay with us till the end.
What is RLS?
RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease causes discomfort in the form of unpleasant sensations in the legs. Patients with RLS experience an uncontrollable urge to move their legs especially in the evening and at night. Patients do get relief by moving their legs. The urge to move the legs is known to get intense when the patient is trying to relax or sleep. Thus, one of the major concerns with RLS is its interference with sleep and everyday activities as patients usually witness sleepiness in the daytime along with fatigue.
RLS can happen to anyone at any age and the symptoms generally get worse with the growing age. RLS and sleep deprivation can lead to several other health problems including depression if treatment for RLS is delayed. Simple lifestyle modifications and self-care steps can help ease the symptoms but medications do become necessary for most patients.
Why are varicose veins being linked to RLS?
Painful itching and throbbing in the legs especially at the night time are two of the many other common symptoms of RLS and varicose veins. Also, it is known that both RLS and varicose veins patients experience relief from their symptoms on moving their legs. These surprising similarities in the accompanying characteristics and actions that cause relief in symptoms of both these disorders have made the medical researchers keen on investigating if and how these two medical conditions are related to one another.
Could Varicose Veins Be Causing Your RLS?
RLS development has been linked with other health problems such as iron deficiency, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and kidney disorders. It is also known that certain medications for a few diseases namely hypertension, allergies, heart ailments, and even depression contribute to be a major source of RLS.
Although it is known that RLS can be caused by a number of other health conditions, numerous medical studies and reports from recent research have also concluded that varicose veins can be the underlying cause of RLS in a few patients. The swollen and enlarged varicose veins fail to send blood back to the heart and result in blood pooling accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in the legs. The extreme pressure in the veins makes them protrude out from the skin surface and appear all along the legs and feet.
The medical study conducted in 1995 and published in the Dermatological Surgery stated that out of 1300 patients with RLS and vascular disorder, as many as 113 were treated through the sclerotherapy procedure, a common treatment process for varicose veins where the sclerosant, a substance is injected into the damaged veins to permanently close them off. It was reported that a whopping 98% of the patients confirmed having experienced immediate relief from RLS symptoms after undergoing sclerotherapy. Not only this, but the recurrence rate of RLS symptoms was also very low for these patients. Roughly 8% had RLS symptoms within the first year and approximately 28% in the second year after the sclerotherapy procedure.
The results from the 1995 study were reinforced by the findings of the medical study conducted in 2007 that we reported in Phlebology: The Journal of Venous Disease. Of the total 174 patients, 63 tested positive for RLS of which 62 were also diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency. Researchers have reconfirmed that RLS and varicose veins are overlapping medical disorders. They have also concluded that patients with RLS must first be examined for varicose veins and subsequently be treated for it instead of being prescribed medications for RLS.
If you have RLS, at-home remedies such as massaging your legs, walking, and stretching before going to bed are sure to help ease the symptoms. These are great relaxation techniques that also relieve symptoms of varicose veins as well. Soaking your legs in warm and cold water will also help you feel relaxed and make your night time more restful. You must limit your caffeine and alcohol intake and eat nutritious meals at regular intervals to feel better.
If RLS is bothering you and you are yet to find out the root cause of it, it is best to see a vein specialist and get yourself medically examined for the presence of varicose veins or other venous disorders. You must know that not all varicose veins are visible. Hence, you may have no visible or protruding veins on the skin surface but still, be suffering from varicose veins.
It is best to let the vascular expert check for deep-lying damaged veins that may be making RLS even more troublesome for you. Diagnosis of the varicose vein can help in timely treatment and prevent RLS from progressing further.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is an internationally qualified and highly experienced vascular surgeon. He specializes in the painless and minimally invasive laser treatment of varicose veins. Performed as an outpatient treatment, the laser ablation process has zero downtime and the patients can go back home on the same day. Avis Vascular Centre offers free duplex ultrasound scans and quick friendly Mediclaim assistance to all patients along with special aid for travel and accommodation reservations of non-local patients. Call us to schedule your consultation visit today!
As you would already know by now, varicose veins are not only genetic but also a lifestyle disorder. People who stand for more than four hours every day, such as those employed as teachers, doctors, traffic police officers, and security guards are at a relatively higher risk of varicose veins. Not only this, but professionals working in Sedentary jobs where they have to sit for long hours at work are also even more likely to develop varicose veins at a relatively younger age. For instance, people working at front office desk jobs, reception, and especially the IT professionals suffer from restricted blood flow due to limited physical activity and this is known to be the leading cause of varicose vein development.
Information Technology (IT) has been and is still a booming industry since the advent of computers. More and more people are eager to work as IT professionals due to better salary packages and an improved lifestyle. In their pursuit of a prosperous life, IT professionals often tend to ignore their health which is anyway compromised due to their desk job and stressful work environment characterized by immense pressure to meet deadlines and regular competition to be better than the peers.
Working on the computer/laptop, preparing presentations, attending meetings, conducting seminars, and undertaking long flights for international conferences are some of the many instances where IT professionals have to spend hours sitting on the desk without any movement.
Apart from these scenarios of limited physical activity, IT professionals often encounter challenging tasks and have a lot of last-minute hassles before project deliveries and client meetings. The soaring competition at work, the pressure to always perform better, and job risk due to regular job cuts at major IT firms have made it even more stressful for the IT professionals.
What makes it even worse for them is the common but unsaid work culture of drinking coffee and tea at regular intervals. Most people working in the IT sector have confirmed that they consume a minimum of 4-5 cups of coffee every day as they feel that it helps them perform better at their job.
If you are also working as an IT professional or employed in a desk job, never ignore your health. A job that requires you to sit for an extended duration at a stretch increases your risk of numerous medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and off course varicose veins.
Varicose veins are formed when the valves of these damaged veins find it difficult to prevent the backward flow of blood. The blood does not move back to the heart and tends to remain pooled in the legs and feet. This causes extreme pain, discomfort, and itching in the affected area.
In extreme cases, patients may even find it difficult to stand or move. Varicose veins deteriorate the patient’s lifestyle and even slight delay in treatment can progress the medical condition to lead to other health conditions namely chronic venous insufficiency, active venous ulcers (open sores on the skin surface), and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT – where a blood clot develops in the deep veins). DVT can further lead to another life-threatening health condition known as pulmonary embolism where the blood clot breaks free from the legs and travels to the lungs. This leads to blockage in oxygen supply and eventually death.
For the treatment of varicose veins, you no longer need to undergo open surgeries as new and advanced minimally invasive treatment procedures are now feasible and also have a high success rate. The laser ablation technique is a painless procedure performed under the influence of local anesthesia. This process uses a laser fiber to burn and close-off the damaged varicose veins.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is an advanced laparoscopic surgeon and a highly trained vascular surgeon. He practices at the Avis Hospitals in Hyderabad and is the best surgeon for the treatment of varicose veins in Hyderabad. He has performed over 12000 surgeries and has a cent percent success rate for painless treatment of varicose veins. Avis Hospitals has world-class medical equipment and modern infrastructure to support ease of treatment and faster patient recovery. With quick and friendly medical assistance available round the clock, Avis Hospitals ranks at the top for the highest patient satisfaction ratio and seamless patient experience before, during, and after treatment.
At least one-third of adults in India suffer from one or the other form of a venous disorder but are not necessarily aware of it. The most common vein disease is spider veins. These are not swollen and enlarged or painful and discomforting but are visible in the form of spider-web-like structures primarily on the legs and feet. If your parents or siblings have a medical history of a vascular disorder, there are high chances of you developing spider veins or varicose veins at some point in your lifetime. Apart from genetics, lifestyle factors such as consumption of fatty foods, insufficient intake of water, excessive alcohol consumption, inadequate physical activity, and remaining in the same posture for long durations at a stretch are the other common causes of a venous disorder.
Spider veins not only cause cosmetic displeasure but also signal towards an underlying issue in the circulation of blood. It is tedious for an individual to differentiate between varicose veins and spider veins by just merely looking at them through the naked eye. It is thus extremely important to take notice of the early signs and visit your vascular expert for thorough diagnosis and timely treatment before further progression of the vascular disorder as any delay in medical aid can worsen the condition and result in:
What to do next?
If you are currently suffering from varicose veins or have a family history of a vascular disorder that places you at high risk of varicose veins, always keep a close eye on the symptoms and do not delay getting medical assistance from a vascular specialist on the occurrence of the primary signs. Avis Vascular Centre is a well-equipped medical institute with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and round-the-clock expert assistance for all patients. All our doctors are highly qualified and supremely experienced in laser treatment of varicose veins.
Laser treatment is a painless and minimally invasive treatment procedure for venous disorders. It is a quick process performed as an outpatient procedure and the patient can go back home on the same day. There are minimal chances of any side-effects or recurrence of varicose veins. Performed under the influence of local anaesthesia, this is a safe procedure for patients of all age groups. At Avis Vascular Centre, the expert healthcare practitioners follow all protocols from the American College of Phlebology and perform only USFDA approved procedures for world-class treatment, higher chances of success, and faster recovery.
Free duplex ultrasound scan and specialist consultation visits are arranged for all deserving patients. Avis Vascular Centre has also tied up with all leading national insurance agencies of India to offer cashless Mediclaim assistance in a stress-free and hassle-free way. Our team also manages travel and accommodation bookings for all out-station patients. We are your one-stop destination for the best treatment of venous diseases at the most affordable prices. Do not think twice, simply schedule your consultation with the renowned vascular experts at Avis Vascular Centre and say goodbye to your vascular disorder and discomfort! Book now!
The Relationship between DVT and Cancer
The statistics from numerous medical studies have confirmed that cancer patients are more likely to develop varicose veins and complain of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) as compared to their counterparts. There is an increased risk of DVT for the stomach, lung, liver, and pancreatic cancer patients. Also, patients with leukaemia and lymphoma are also highly probable for developing blood clots sooner or later.
There are scientific explanations and medical reasons that have linked cancer to increased chances of venous disorders, especially blood clots in the deep veins. Let us understand them below:
These are the primary reasons that increase the chances of blood clotting and DVT in cancer patients. It is essential for all cancer patients and even cancer survivors to learn about the symptoms, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of DVT as it usually requires immediate medical care. Also, being aware of DVT will help in avoiding its side-effects such as restricted blood flow, enlarged veins caused due to pooling of blood, excessive swelling, never-ending pain, itching in the affected area, feeling of heaviness, and DVT complications such as pulmonary embolism.
Although DVT can be life-threatening for cancer patients, there is no need to panic. Healthcare practitioners and vascular experts have found ways to achieve the righteous blood flow in cancer patients thus preventing blood clots in the deep veins.
Knowing the relationship between DVT and Cancer
Usually, before even starting treatment for cancer, your doctor will ask you questions about the family history and your own medical history of blood clots or related venous disorder. The healthcare practitioner may also advise you to undergo blood tests to check for protein deficiencies that are likely to promote unusual blood clotting. For a few patients, the doctors may suggest an ultrasound of the legs to check the veins for the presence of any blood clots.
It is essential for you to know that like cancer patients are at an enhanced risk of DVT, DVT patients are also highly likely to develop cancer cells. This is why doctors always suggest people who had DVT earlier to undergo cancer screenings from time to time.
Preventing DVT in Cancer Patients
There are numerous ways in which doctors treating cancer patients help them in the prevention of DVT :
With the above-mentioned therapies to prevent blood clots in cancer patients, there are increased chances of excessive bleeding and thus doctors carefully regulate the dosage of the medications based on the patient’s medical history and response to treatment. In addition to the above methods, all cancer patients must maintain a healthy lifestyle to do their bit in limiting the chances of DVT. Ensure to remain physically active, avoid eating fatty food, give-up on alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. You can also consult your doctor about the recommended usage of compression stockings to ensure righteous blood flow from legs back to the heart.
If you still face challenges in treating your blood clots and reducing the chances of DVT or have already been diagnosed with DVT and are looking for expert medical advice to manage this life-threatening medical disorder, look no further as the best-in-class medical cure and care is offered by the distinguished healthcare practitioner Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre.
Avis Vascular Centre has world-class infrastructure and advanced medical equipment for unmatched medical assistance for all venous disorders such as spider veins, varicose veins, blood clots, DVT, choric venous insufficiency, and venous ulcers. Dr. Rajah V Koppala is an internationally qualified and highly acclaimed vascular expert and laparoscopic surgeon with more than two decades of experience.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala stresses on the need for patient satisfaction and ensures seamless treatment procedures for a hassle-free medical experience for all his patients. He is a thorough professional at his job and leaves no stone unturned to offer nothing but the best medical advice and treatment for patients of all age groups. Book your consultation to get rid of your venous disorders!
All studies have unanimously revealed that women are more prone to varicose veins than men. As many as 55% of the women suffer from a venous disorder at some point in their lifetime. These figures clearly mean that as opposed to the men, women are at least four times more likely to develop varicose veins and other related disorders of the circulatory system.
What factors put women at a greater risk of developing varicose veins? Although the leading causes of varicose veins such as genetics, age, obesity, poor lifestyle, long stretches of being inactive, and standing or sitting in the same posture continuously for long- duration are known to equally affect both men and women, it is the women hormones that affect the large veins in the body and thus increase the probability of women developing these swollen and painful varicose veins.
What are Varicose Veins?
The circulatory system of the body comprises of arteries and veins. The arteries are responsible for carrying oxygenated blood and nutrients from the heart to all body parts. The deep veins are used to send deoxygenated blood from various organs back to the heart.
Valves of the veins in the lower body help the blood travel up to the heart against the gravitational pull of the Earth. When these valves do not function as normal, blood fails to move back to the heart and gets pooled up in the lower extremities. The pooled blood causes the veins to swell up and bulge out from the skin surface. These enlarged veins, called varicose veins become rope-like strings and are extremely painful. Varicose veins also cause excessive itching in the affected area. Patients often experience a feeling of heaviness in the legs and complain of their inability to stand or move around.
Why Women Develop Varicose Veins?
Progesterone is the hormone that regulates menstrual cycles in women. This hormone is also known to relax the vein walls and valves. This hormone is present in large amounts in women.
Progesterone leads to weakened valves that find it difficult to push blood back to the heart. This increases the chances of the development of varicose veins in women.
During pregnancy, the progesterone levels in the female body increase to significantly higher levels. Not just this, the volume of blood circulating in the body also increases along with additional pressure from a large abdomen. All these factors together lead to the formation of varicose veins.
For most women, the varicose veins formed during pregnancy get vanished in roughly 3 months after childbirth. But for women who have successive pregnancies and more than one child, the veins become inflated and there is an increased probability of development of varicose veins after multiple deliveries.
How Women Can Prevent Varicose Veins?
There is nothing that the women can do to stop the natural hormones from developing in their bodies. But there are some precautionary steps that definitely help reduce the likelihood of development of varicose veins.
If your job requires you to sit or stand for long intervals, ensure to take breaks in between and either sit to relax your legs or walk around to enhance blood circulation. This helps prevent blood from pooling in the veins.
Although women are at a greater risk of varicose veins, with a healthy lifestyle and correct medical guidance, the likelihood of development of varicose veins can be considerably reduced. If you are seeking expert medical advice from a qualified vascular expert and an experienced interventional radiologist, schedule your appointment with the highly acclaimed Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala will help you take all the necessary precautionary steps to alleviate the venous disorders or suggest painless and minimally invasive procedures such as endovenous laser ablation to close-off and remove all damaged veins.
If not all, a majority of the people who are diagnosed with a vascular disorder, have at some point or the other thought about trying either of the numerous home remedies in hope of getting relief from the ever-increasing pain and irritation of the spider veins and/or varicose veins. One of the most widely popular quick fixes for varicose veins is believed to be the drugstore creams that promise instant relief from the varicose vein discomfort on an application in the affected area.
Every now and then, a new variety of these ointments can be found at the local chemist and drugstore. A large number of people feel tempted to give these creams a try in order to avoid surgical treatment for the removal of the malfunctioning veins. As disappointing as it may sound, these creams and the so-called medicated ointments are of no use. These may just offer temporary relief from the itching and pain but are surely not a permanent cure for the underlying health issue that is the real cause of swollen varicose veins and pooling of blood.
These drugstore creams help to temporarily mask-off the ugly looking spider veins and varicose veins and offer immediate relief from the irritation but only for a short while. None of these have ever been known to fix the health scare that leads to these enlarged veins that can also be seen as bulging out from the skin surface in patients with extreme discomfort. Varicose veins occur due to faulty valves of the veins that are situated deep under the skin. The topical creams are applied on the skin surface and do not penetrate deep enough to get to the source of the problem. These creams neither help repair the valves nor assist in closing-off the malfunctioning veins.
Most of these drugstore creams contain Vitamin K that helps to temporarily fade the appearance of spider veins but does not treat them as a long-term remedy. The damaged veins may look like they have become faintly visible but they are still there even if you cease to see them. The other ingredients of the creams are anti-inflammatory in nature and thus help reduce the swelling in the affected area.
Thus, the drugstore creams that claim to help ease the symptoms of varicose veins offer temporary relief for only as long as they are generously applied and massaged on the affected area. As soon as you stop applying these creams, you experience the same signs and symptoms. Also, it is important to note that these creams in no way prevent the formation of new varicose veins. As the blood continues to pool, there are high chances of swelling and pain getting worse over time along with the new development of varicose veins.
Like most other home remedies for varicose veins, the medicated creams do not address the root cause. Thus, instead of wasting money on creams and ointments that make false claims of curing varicose veins, it is advised to seek medical advice from vein specialists and explore treatment options such as surgical removal and minimally invasive procedures. Back in the older days, surgical procedures to cut-off and remove the varicose veins were the only feasible treatment option for varicose veins. Now, with the advent of laparoscopic procedures, minimally invasive treatment methods such as sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation have become popular due to their higher success rate and negligible chances of any major side-effects.
In the endovenous laser treatment process, a thin laser fibre along with a catheter is inserted into the damaged area through a small incision. The heat from the laser fibre is used to burn-off and close the damaged veins. This procedure is monitored through the live duplex ultrasound scan. The endovenous laser treatment is popular for being the painless and no-cut, no-stitch, and no-scar treatment for varicose veins. The laser treatment for varicose veins is totally safe and suitable for people of all age groups. This procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under the influence of local anaesthesia. It has zero downtime and most people can resume their everyday work from the next day itself. There are no side-effects such as infection or bleeding associated with the laser treatment. Patients do not need to perform any major post-operative care procedures.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is a highly acclaimed interventional radiologist and vascular surgeon. He excels in the minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and has over two decades of medical experience with a large number of happy and satisfied patients who have been totally cured of varicose veins. Dr. Rajah V Koppala is available for a medical check-up, diagnosis, and treatment at Avis Vascular Centre, Hyderabad. Schedule your appointment to bid farewell to your varicose veins!
A large number of women in India use birth control pills as oral contraceptives, to manage their menstrual cycle or to get relief from the painful health conditions such as endometriosis. Birth control pills have diverse side-effects and those include medical complications related to vein health. Although the risk of avascular disorder due to a regular dosage of birth control pills is low, it cannot be ignored.
Women who consume birth control pills are likely to develop varicose veins and blood clots in the legs. This is primarily because the hormones that help prevent pregnancy are also known to adversely affect the blood flow through the veins.
The Hormones in the Birth Control Pills
All birth control pills have two hormones – progestin and estrogen. These hormones together hinder the ovulation process and significantly reduce the chances of pregnancy in women. The birth control pills make the woman’s body believe that it is already pregnant and thus prevent another pregnancy from taking place. But what is harmful is that these pills also severely restrict the blood flow. As stagnant blood tends to collect and pool in the legs, this increases the chances of development of new varicose veins and blood clots in the deep veins thus leading to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This is a life-threatening health condition as the blood clot can break free and travel from the deep veins of the legs to other parts of the body such as the lungs and lead to pulmonary embolism.
These hormones that are generated naturally by the body during pregnancy also contribute to the development of varicose veins in pregnant women. Although the sluggish blood helps prevent blood loss during delivery, it also increases the likelihood of varicose veins as the valves of these veins do not help move the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart.
Should you consume Birth Control Pills?
Although consuming birth control pills increases the odds of developing varicose veins, the risk is low for healthy women. For women who have a healthy lifestyle, there are rare chances of birth control pills causing blood clots or DVT. In simpler words, the risk is not so high that the women should avoid taking these oral contraceptives. However, every woman should consult a doctor and discuss their personal and family medical history to examine the risk of blood clots and DVT. No women should pick-up birth control pills from the chemist and consume them without a doctor’s prescription.
In one instance, a woman asked the drug store for the best-selling birth control pills and started consuming them without any medical advice from a specialist. In a few months, she developed varicose veins and had extreme swelling in her legs. This happened as she was overweight and had already been diagnosed with a gallbladder ailment which heightened the risk of blood clots on regular consumption of birth control pills. Always consult a healthcare practitioner before consuming birth control pills. Women who are known to have developed blood clots due to birth control pills in the past must speak to their doctor before restarting the contraception program. Any woman who is on birth control pills must carefully watch out for any early signs of varicose veins, blood clots, and DVT. Never postpone or ignore the symptoms and schedule a consultation with a specialist for a medical check-up.
If you plan to begin consuming oral contraceptives or are already taking them for a while but want to understand the associated risk of varicose veins and blood clots in the deep veins, schedule an appointment with the best vascular surgeon and interventional radiologist in Hyderabad, Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre. He will analyze your medical details and examine your family history of blood clots to advise a suitable dosage of birth control pills or rule out oral contraceptives consumption and suggest alterative therapy or preventive measures for your ailments.
If you have already developed early symptoms of varicose veins, Dr. Rajah V Koppala can help you with the treatment and cure. He excels in the painless endovenous laser treatment of varicose veins and is renowned for having treated 12000+ patients. Book your appointment for the best treatment with Avis Vascular Centre today!
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) refers to the medical condition where a blood clot develops in the deep veins, commonly in the legs. This blood clot can lead to partial or complete blockage in the vein, damage the one-way valves, and prevent blood flow back to the heart. The blood clot can even break free and move to other vital body organs such as the lungs eventually leading to a life-threatening medical condition called Pulmonary Embolism. DVT is dangerous and early diagnosis is vital to the prevention of pulmonary embolism. You must always be careful about the symptoms and seek immediate medical assistance in case of any discomfort.
Common Symptoms of DVT
Deep Vein Thrombosis can be recognized by the following common signs:
Common Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
Pulmonary embolism can be easily identified by the below-mentioned symptoms:
Steps to Reduce the Risk of DVT
There are numerous small steps that can help reduce the likelihood of DVT and pulmonary embolism. Please make a note of the following tips:
Tips to Prevent Travel-Related DVT
Although travel-related DVT is rare in healthy people but taking precautions is always good.
If you have a family history of DVT or have yourself suffered from blood clots in the past, it is wise to take all necessary precautionary steps to prevent new blood clot formation that may lead to DVT or pulmonary embolism. Always maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat a nutritious diet, and consume your meals on time, maintain optimal levels of physical activity, and consult your doctor for any unusual symptoms that you may notice.
For a medical check-up, diagnosis, and treatment of any venous disorders such as varicose veins, spider veins, blood clots, DVT, venous ulcers, or chronic venous insufficiency, book a consultation with the distinguished interventional radiologist Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre for a painless and minimally invasive treatment. At Avis Vascular Centre, we have the latest medical equipment and a highly professional team of doctors who not only ensure the best treatment but also promise the highest levels of patient satisfaction. You are assured of zero downtime and quick recovery in the endovenous laser treatment. Schedule your appointment today!
What are Venous Ulcers?
Patients who complain of varicose veins are at an alarmingly high risk of venous ulcers. The restricted blood flow in the varicose veins contributes to blood pooling which further causes additional pressure on the veins. This, in turn, is known to cause the skin tissue around the damaged vein to crack open and form an open wound. These open wounds that may or may not bleed are called venous ulcers. The patients experience a feeling of heaviness along with a sensation of tingling and itching in the affected area. Also, the color of the skin around the ulcer changes to dark red, brown, or purple. In the absence of treatment, as the blood continues to pool, the patients may also experience the skin around the wound turning thicker.
As and when the ulcer breaks open, there can be seen a shallow red-colored wound that is covered by a yellow tissue. The skin surrounding the ulcer becomes tight, has a shiny look, and is warm to touch. If there is an infection in the ulcer, you will notice a strong foul smell and pus as well.
What are the Home-Remedies for Venous Ulcers?
Venous ulcers are usually formed above the ankle. Although these have an unsightly appearance and are a huge discomfort, there are numerous at-home remedies in the form of simple tips that help fast-track the healing of these wounds. Let us learn about these home remedies below:
How to Treat Venous Ulcers?
If you do not get much relief from the home remedies, you must consult a vascular expert and seek medical advice to treat the infection at the venous ulcer and prevent the formation of new ulcers. The specialist doctors will not only help you heal the venous ulcer wound but will most certainly assist you in treating the underlying cause of these ulcers i.e. varicose veins. To prevent new ulcers from developing in the damaged area, it is essential to restore the blood circulation by treating the varicose veins.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is an internationally qualified interventional radiologist and a highly trained vascular surgeon with over two decades of experience and 12000+ successful laparoscopic surgeries to his name! He specializes in the minimally invasive laser treatment of varicose veins and ensures faster recovery with zero downtime.
Do not be scared of going under the knife for the treatment of venous ulcers, as the no-cut, no-stitch, and no-scar treatment is available at Avis Vascular Centre, Hyderabad’s leading medical institute for the treatment of all venous disorders. All doctors at Avis Vascular Centre use only the US-FDA approved procedures and follow all protocols of the American College of Phlebology for medical practice. Book your consultation today! Call 9989527715
As per statistics from recent studies, varicose veins are more prevalent in old age people. As many as 16% of the adults over 60 years of age complain of visible and painful varicose veins. This is primarily because the valves of certain veins become weak as we age. This hinders the blood flow back to the heart and leads to pooling of blood in the legs.
The excessive pressure that is created due to pooled blood, causes the veins to twist and turn. The varicose veins are the swollen and enlarged veins that are prominently visible to be bulging out from the skin surface of the legs and feet. Varicose veins are not only painful but also cause itching in the affected area. Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic annoyance. They can worsen and lead to health complications that could have been easily prevented by timely diagnosis and treatment. Below mentioned are 7 reasons why the aged must consider treating their varicose veins:
Although it is essential for anyone and everyone to get treated for varicose veins but timely medications and genuine treatment is indispensable for the seniors. The pain and discomfort from the varicose veins deteriorate the quality of life and make it tedious for the aged to perform their daily routine tasks. Varicose veins can be effectively treated in a painless and minimally invasive laser treatment procedure. This is a safe and quick treatment method that is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It is renowned to be the no-cut, no-scar, and no-stitch treatment.
Avis Vascular Centre excels in the endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins. The distinguished interventional radiologist and doctors leave no stone unturned to ensure that all patients especially the senior citizens have a comfortable and stress-free treatment at Avis Vascular Centre. All treatment procedures performed at Avis Vascular Centre are US-FDA approved. The doctors and staff follow strict protocols from the American College of Phlebology. The patients are offered a single price package at the time of admission and there are no any hidden charges at any stage of the treatment procedure. Avis Vascular Centre has treated 12000+ patients from different parts of the World. Even if you do not reside in Hyderabad, out out-patient team will take care of your hotel reservations and flight bookings and doctor appointments. Schedule an appointment today!
What is endovenous laser vein surgery?
Endovenous laser vein surgery is a medical procedure to treat varicose veins. It is a painless and minimally invasive treatment method that has a quicker recovery time as compared to the surgical treatment methods. In this process, laser heat is used to close off the varicose veins. The body automatically re-routes the blood to the neighbouring veins and the patients get immediate relief from the swelling and pain in the area affected by varicose veins.
Why might I need endovenous laser vein surgery?
Although varicose veins are not a serious medical condition, these make the veins enlarged that appear to be bulging out from the surface of the skin. In a few cases, patients do not feel pain or discomfort and may not immediately require medical attention. For patients where varicose veins cause irritation and soreness in the affected area accompanied by pain and swelling, timely treatment is indispensable to avoid life-threatening medical complications such as blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Thus, endovenous laser vein surgery is recommended to remove the varicose veins from the circulatory system and prevent the pooling of blood. This surgery helps overcome swelling in the damaged area. It also helps reduce the likelihood of risk factors such as active venous ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, etc.
What are the risks of endovenous laser vein surgery?
All medical procedures are accompanied by some risks. The following are some common complications that may arise due to laser treatment of varicose veins.
The probability and intensity of the risk factors of endovenous laser treatment are way too less severe than that of surgical treatment methods.
How do I get ready for endovenous laser varicose vein surgery?
What happens during endovenous laser vein surgery?
The laser vein treatment is performed by an interventional radiologist.
The endovenous laser treatment does not require a hospital stay as it is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in the doctor’s clinic itself. The process takes less than an hour and the patient is likely to go home on the same day. As the cut made it very small, it does not require stitches and thus the endovenous laser treatment does not leave any scar marks. You may notice some minor bruising on your legs but these go away in two weeks’ time. You are advised to wear loose-fitting clothes after the procedure is complete.
What happens after endovenous laser vein surgery?
Following are some precautions to take after undergoing the endovenous laser vein treatment:
Ask your doctor if you can continue your blood-thinners and other medicines as before. In your follow-up check-up after the procedure, the doctor may recommend an ultrasound scan to check if the laser treatment has worked. You must immediately consult the doctor if :
Endovenous laser vein surgery is by far the best treatment method for varicose veins. It is not only painless and minimally invasive but also has faster recovery time with negligible chances of recurrence of varicose veins. If you are looking for a reliable doctor who can help you get rid of the ugly and painful varicose veins, trust none except Dr. Rajah V Koppala from Avis Vascular Centre.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala has international qualifications and is a highly trained vascular surgeon. He has more than two decades of experience as an interventional radiologist and excels in the treatment of vascular disorders. Avis Vascular Centre has the latest medical equipment and extremely professional staff. Renowned to be the best in Hyderabad, Avis Vascular Centre is undoubtedly the choicest medical institution for the treatment of varicose veins. Book your consultation today!
Most of us wrongly believe varicose veins to just be a cosmetic issue. Varicose veins, however, refer to a medical condition where malfunctioning valves of certain veins restrict the blood flow back to the heart and result in the undesired pooling of blood. Characterized by swelling in the damaged area, pain, itching, and a feeling of heaviness, varicose veins do not only affect the elderly but are becoming increasingly popular in young adults as well. Visible as swollen and enlarged bluish-purple veins, varicose veins can most often be seen as bulging out from the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are known to lead to other medical complications in cases where the treatment is delayed. Let us learn more about the dangers of varicose veins:
Varicose veins have been classified as a lifestyle disorder. There are certain precautionary steps that you can take to improve your lifestyle and thus decrease the chances of occurrence of varicose veins and also reduce the intensity of the symptoms.
Opposed to ancient times, today the varicose veins can be easily and efficiently treated by the painless and minimally invasive laser treatment process. In the endovenous laser ablation technique, the doctor makes a small incision in your skin and inserts a laser fiber along with a catheter to the damaged area. The affected veins are then closed off and the body automatically re-routes the blood to the other neighbouring healthy veins. This procedure is performed with local anaesthesia and monitored with the help of a duplex ultrasound scan. It is a 100% safe procedure and does not lead to any major side-effects.
The endovenous laser treatment is a comparatively cost-effective and fairly quick procedure as compared to the surgical procedures and radio-frequency ablation techniques. Performed commonly as an outpatient procedure at the doctor’s clinic, it allows the patient to go back home on the same day and resume everyday work routine from the next day itself. The laser treatment for varicose veins is popular for being the no-cut, no-stitch, and no-scar treatment.
At Avis Vascular Centre, our all treatment procedures are USFDA approved. We strictly adhere to the protocols of the American College of Phlebology and ensure that all patients have a convenient and satisfactory medical experience.
We offer 100% price assurance at the time of admission along with free duplex scan facility to all deserving patients with 100% assistance for Mediclaim approvals from all leading national insurance providers. We treat over 4500 patients every year and have a cent percent success rate. We ensure that the chances of recurrence of varicose veins are reduced to a negligible minimum. We have an array of satisfied patients who speak highly of our professionalism and medical care.
Our doctor panel is headed by the extremely qualified and supremely talented Dr. Rajah V Koppala who has 24+ years of experience as an interventional radiologist. Having successfully cured patients with the worst cases of varicose veins, he is the best medical care practitioner for varicose veins not just in Hyderabad but in Telangana as well as all of India. We are eager to make India, a nation free of venous disorders. If you want to know more about our treatment services or are eager to get your medical check-up for varicose veins done from Dr. Rajah V Koppala, schedule a consultation at Avis Vascular Centre today!
For most patients who have early signs of varicose veins, small and simple lifestyle changes can make a lot of difference to their leg pain, discomfort, itching in the affected area, and other varicose vein symptoms as well. There are quite a few conservative options that have always worked quite well for patients who have self-diagnosed their early varicose veins symptoms and taken the necessary precautionary steps to prevent further damage and severity of the medical condition. Let us discuss some simple and easy to incorporate lifestyle changes that can help you prevent your varicose veins from getting worse:
All the above lifestyle changes are fairly simple and can be easily incorporated in your everyday routine. These will significantly contribute to the improvement of your vein health and prevent varicose veins from leading to other severe medical conditions like active venous ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, or deep vein thrombosis. These conventional treatment therapies will help you recover when you have mild pain and discomfort from varicose veins. But if your condition is critical, you must not delay seeking medical assistance from experienced healthcare practitioners as even a slight delay can lead to higher recovery time or irreversible medical complications.
At Avis Hospitals, we have the latest medical equipment with advanced infrastructure and a team of diligent doctors who are thorough experts in treating the varicose veins with painless and minimally invasive endovenous laser treatment. Offering immediate relief from all symptoms and requiring minimal post-operative care, the laser treatment for varicose veins is the best available option. For a speedy recovery and satisfactory results, schedule an appointment with Avis Hospitals today!
A sensation of pain accompanied by an intense feeling of heaviness in the legs and feet can be a sign of a vein disorder. Chronic pain not only makes it difficult for you to do your everyday chores efficiently but is also a cause of irritation, stress, and depression in most patients. The constant vein discomfort is indicative of a serious medical condition and necessarily requires immediate therapeutic attention.
Causes of Leg Pain
In a few cases, the leg pain is not because of a vein condition but is caused by an injury or accident that leads to sprain or spinal pain which further reaches down to the legs and feet. If you witness pain without an injury and the leg ache does not seem to go away even after a few days, you must see a vein specialist and get a proper check-up done for an accurate diagnosis before treatment.
It is only after a physical examination and the recommended ultrasound scans that the vascular expert will be able to comment on your vein health and prescribe a treatment. Of all the common causes of chronic venous pain in legs, varicose veins are the most prevalent one. Varicose veins are caused when the valves of certain veins in the legs and feet fail to send the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. Although most of the varicose veins negatively impact the physical appearance of the affected area, in a few cases, there may not be any visible signs on the skin surface. Not only the aged, but even the younger people are commonly reported to be suffering from varicose veins.
Over time, owing to the lack or delay of proper treatment, varicose veins can result in other disorders which may further cause extreme pain and severe discomfort. Lymphoedema, which is characterized by swelling in the legs and thrombophlebitis, which occurs when blood clots form in the surface of the legs are the most common side effects of the absence of proper treatment for varicose veins! Varicose veins may even lead to DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) which is a critical medical emergency.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Pain in the damaged area of legs and feet is the easiest way to recognize varicose veins. Some patients may also feel itching accompanied by discomfort and a feeling of heaviness in the affected area. For a few patients, there may not be any visible symptoms but the following signs can help you self-diagnose varicose veins:
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Whether you are looking for treatment options to get rid of the ugly sight of varicose veins or are seeking instant relief from the aching legs and feet, there are a variety of medical procedures and the doctors will choose one on the basis of your exact medical condition:
Book an Appointment with Avis Hospitals
Chronic vein pain keeps you distracted, unhappy, and also hinders your ability to stand or walk long distances at a stretch. It is absolutely essential for you to schedule your appointment with renowned vascular experts at Avis Hospitals for quick relief and speedy recovery. If you are looking to get your varicose veins treated in a minimally invasive way, trust none other than the Hyderabad’s most reputed medical institution, Avis Hospitals. The experienced vascular experts use vein mapping and effective diagnostic procedures to precisely mark-out the varicose veins and treat the damaged area.
The vein specialists at Avis Hospitals are thorough professionals and are truly caring about your well-being. They will help you overcome vein pain by addressing the underlying vein issues and treating them effectively. You will be able to witness positive changes in your life and feel ecstatic about standing and walking without any ache or soreness in the legs and feet.
Varicose veins aren’t in themselves dangerous, but if you have them, it is always advisable to get checked from a doctor. However many people don’t know when is the right time to get checked from the doctor. The below situations should be considered as an alarming symptom to head ahead to a vascular expert.
Colour change or Rashes in the lower legs
Many a time one can see the skin under the knee or the leg becoming darker. This is a sign that there might be varicose vein and due to pressure build-up, that area might have ulcers or varicose eczema. The colour change is known as haemosiderin deposition. Haemosiderin is a brown pigment that is developed from the iron present in red blood cells. This can leak out into the skin, when the pressure in veins is increased, staining it brown. Varicose eczema, on the other hand, is a scaly, red and dry rash. It can be tickling and often hits the leg area. At times you may find that your symptoms are less pronounced while at others, they flare-up. Both haemosiderin deposition and varicose eczema can make your skin weaker and make it an ulcer-prone area. Both these signs indicate that you should take a doctor’s appointment.
Thrombophlebitis or blood clots
People who have been detected with vein disease can encounter blood clots. If there is blood clot in a vein situated on a superficial level that is near the surface, it is called thrombophlebitis. People who suffer from thrombophlebitis may notice a tender or firm vein, sore skin, or pain and inflammation. As a treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis, there are over-the-counter NSAIDs. It is a deep vein thrombosis when a blood clot forms in a vein that is deep and if it goes to the lungs this situation can be fatal. Signs of deep vein thrombosis involve pain, a pulling feeling in the calf muscles, redness, warmth, or inflammation.
Bleeding– If your area starts to bleed it indeed is dangerous. As varicose veins are a sign that the pressure is higher than normal, and if bleeding starts in one of the things could escalate pretty fast for the worst. In case such a situation does arise place your legs above the level of your heart. You can lie down and rest your legs on a stool. Until the bleeding stops, you can also put a lot of pressure on the area and then get to your doctor.
Discomfort and Swelling
Many a time swelling in your legs can be seen. This occurs primarily because of the pressure in the veins which can be very painful. People often report aching, heaviness, and throbbing. Get yourself checked immediately with a doctor if you are undergoing such a symptom.
Ulcers are wounds that do not heal quickly. Moreover, if you have issues with your veins ulcers can be even more difficult to be treated. You may see that little cuts or scratches on your legs take longer to be cured than other parts of your body when you have varicose veins. You should definitely visit a doctor if you observe that the cut is taking more than two weeks to heal.
A vein specialist or an interventional radiologist is the ideal physician you should go to. The Avis Vascular Centre in Hyderabad India is one of the renowned vein care centres that can treat you varicose veins the best possible way. Whatever be the case always remember that treatment should never be delayed and hence a medical intervention is forever necessary.
The process of pregnancy provides a woman with the ultimate joy of motherhood but at the same time, it also puts her body through complex physiological changes giving rise to a host of troublesome conditions. Most of us are familiar with the development of oedema during pregnancy. A small percentage of women also tend to develop varicose veins, especially if they are genetically susceptible. There could be an exacerbation of the same if it was present even before conceiving. It could progressively get worse with each successive pregnancy or with age.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet. They may also be present in the buttocks and vaginal area. Hemorroids are nothing but the presence of such abnormal veins in the rectal region (due to constipation). Veins are the blood vessels which carry blood from the rest of the body to the heart. They have multiple leaflet valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards. Hence the blood flow is directed upwards, against the strong effect of gravity. This is aided by the activity of the leg muscles. In varicose veins, these valves become incompetent, allowing for the backflow and pooling of blood which leads to the enlargement and tortuousity of the veins.
What are the causes of varicose veins during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there is an increase in the quantity of circulating blood. The enlarging uterus begins to exert pressure on the larger veins (especially the inferior vena cava on the right side of the body). In addition, various hormones are secreted and released into the circulation, one such hormone being progesterone which relaxes the vessel walls. All these factors collectively contribute to the development of varicosity. Being overweight, carrying twins or other multiples, or standing for prolonged intervals of time (perhaps due to occupational demands) can put the woman at a increased risk of developing the condition.
How serious is the condition?
It is generally harmless in the short run. It could cause no other symptoms other than cosmetic disfigurement. Some may experience itching, throbbing or burning sensations. The legs may feel heavy and ache especially at the end of the day. All these cause varying degrees of discomfort to the expecting mother. The good news, however is that it usually subsides after the delivery of the baby, particularly when the varicosity wasn’t present before and developed only during the course of the pregnancy. It might take anywhere between 3 months to 1 year for this to occur.
Veins have the function of transporting blood from all over the body to the heart. In this journey, while transportation the blood has to move beyond the gravity especially from the lower parts of the body like legs. In such places, often due to a venal problem or weak valves instead of moving ahead blood starts to pool in a specific region giving rise to unsettling bulges. These are known as varicose veins. Often these can be painful. Treatment is indeed a necessary part however a proper and balanced diet helps in preventive care as well.
Here are some foods that are better avoided when you have varicose veins.
Consumption of surplus sodium can cause to more water retention in the body. This is because the body holds more water so it can reduce the sodium level in the cells, which finally raises the volume of blood that flows within the veins. The result of this is weakening the walls of the vein due to stress which is added to the veins and valves. All these add to the development of varicose veins.
Fiber is really important in the formation of the vein wall and essential to the proper flow of blood in the body. This is simply because fiber blocks blood clotting. Usually, non-refined grains are supposed to be good for varicose. Still, refined grains have most of their fiber content removed. Foods like white rice, refined pasta, and other food made with white should be excluded.
Processed grains act specifically like sugar in the bloodstream. There is no astonishment, thus, why processed sugar is noted as one of the foods to bypass. Large intake of processed sugar does not only drive to obesity which is also one reason for varicose veins but can as well occur in other health complexities. Refined sugar also has low fiber content which can lead to constipation.
Excess consumption of alcohol can influence the release of large levels of insulin just as high- sugar foods and diets high in carbohydrate. Excess alcohol intake can give rise to venous disorder. The body is unable to get rid of sodium when the insulin level in the body is high. Alcohol can also impair the way the body circulates blood as it strikes the ability of the liver to accurately remove toxins and trash in the blood. This makes the blood more viscous, weakening the veins of the legs even more.
Vitamin K is associated with the blood clot. However, when there is the excess of vitamin K in the body, it causes the blood to become dense and makes blood flow to the leg and other parts of the body complex. Kale, collard greens, spinach, and cauliflowers are some of these green vegetables you should avoid.
It is very important to keep low sodium levels and high potassium levels. Hence, you must limit Soy Sauce intake or completely eliminate it from your diet as it increases your sodium level in the body and decreases the potassium level.
Foods containing too much salt can make varicose veins acute. Whole milk foods help in gaining weight rapidly and thus increase the risk of varicose veins hence it is better to avoid. Treatment is an essential part. The Avis Vascular Centre (Hyderabad) is one of the most reputed care centers offering expert treatment with their British certified interventional radiologist on board to assist the patients.
There are many individuals who experience large greenish or blue veins bulging from their legs and are looking to treat varicose veins. So, based on the severity of their condition, several methods and treatments have evolved. The varicose vein has various causes which include trauma, hormones, prolonged standing, heredity or pre-existing venous disorders. The main function of the veins is to control the blood flow from the internal organs to the extremities. The blood flow gets disrupted due to the damage of valves within the veins and valves aren’t able to function properly. Thereafter the blood within a fragment of the vein starts to build up which over time, gives rise to the bulging of veins. This is how varicose veins form. A variety of procedures are there that could be used for the removal of varicose veins. Based upon how severe the patient’s condition is, a method from the following can be considered:
This treatment involves the vein injection with a solution that causes irritation and inflammation within the lining of the vein causing it to bulge. With the swelling of vein’s internal lining, the blood gets thickened. This is when the body starts to break the clotted blood causing the vessel to vanish.
Vein Ligation / Stripping:
Using the ligation procedure, the damaged segment of the vein is physically removed from the lower extremities knowing that the majority of the vessel is healthy. In case of completely damaged veins, stripping procedure is performed in which a surgical cut is made on both the top and bottom of the vein. Then the vein is completely cut, tied off and removed.
This procedure involves a surgical hook for the removal of varicose veins. On several spaces along the leg, a surgical cut is made so that the vessel that is damaged could be pulled out via small openings. So, in this method, the damaged vein is removed in many smaller parts as compared to the stripping method.
Laser Vein Removal Method:
Also called Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), this method involves removal of the damaged vein by using the technology of ultrasound. It involves the insertion of the laser probe into the vein to treat completely once the damaged vein is mapped out. Using this treatment the vein is caused to cauterize to cut it off from the supply of blood, and shut down eventually.
In the end, it’s always suggested to consult with your physician and thoroughly understand which out of the above-recommended procedures will give you the best desired results. The Avis Vascular Centre is a specialty care center located in Hyderabad. The center is equipped with qualified faculty and staff that cater to the complete recovery of the patient. The faculty consists of the renowned interventional radiologist to address the best possible advice. With the expert guidance of such doctors get a detailed overview of what your problems are and which procedure is best suited for your case.
A varicose vein is a condition where the blood tends to pool in one specific area rather than moving up front through the valve of the veins. This occurs due to weak valves present in the vein or from obesity or other health issues. There are several factors that can add up to the formation of varicose vein. To prevent and take precautions apart from medication the daily diet should be under examination. Daily food habits affect a lot when it comes to combatting any ailment or leading the body to fall for any malfunction. One such very harmful food habit that gives rise to many problems is consuming alcohol. Alcohol consumption on a minimal to a moderate level is not fatal but when it becomes an addiction it threatens the health and gives birth to numerous problems in your body. In context to Varicose Veins here is some information that you need to know. Alcohol consumption does not help in developing varicose vein yet it does play an adverse effect on people who are already affected by the condition or show high symptoms. Alcohol consumption worsens the situation and increases the symptoms.
How Alcohol Consumption Affects the Circulatory System
When a person drinks alcohol, their rate of heart rises. An expanded heart rate indicates more blood is being tapped through the heart muscle at an accelerated rate of speed. When this occurs, the veins get an incursion of blood flow, which creates a strain on the veins. If a vein is weak already, the increased blood flow can worsen the stress on vein walls. Besides, the liver has to run hard to process alcohol from the body. This uses resources from other functions. One such important function of the body that is hindered is the blood regulation in which the blood is thickened.
How Alcohol Consumption aggravates the condition of Varicose Veins
The results of alcohol on the circulatory system make their way to the veins moderately fast. After a few drinks, blood increases in thickness and flows at a greater speed, however, the venous valves do not align the course of action. The faulty valve that already has trouble blood accelerating normal circulation through the vein will strive further and struggle more when the blood is thick and fast-moving. Veins that are already swollen are punched with more stress and pressure. This causes excessive inflammation and, in some cases, the pain gets even more serious. Although in the present research, alcohol consumption is not a verified factor that accelerates the condition of varicose veins but links are there that it does add to the worsening of the condition. However, people with venous insufficiency or weak muscles are advised to take special care when consuming alcohol and pay intense attention to how it influences their symptoms of varicose vein.
Keeping a check is always necessary. In case you feel medical intervention is required do not delay. Avis Vascular Centre is one of the most renowned care centres, especially for vein related problems. The specialty care is located in Hyderabad, India and has skilled professionals and interventional radiologist who hold years of experience and expertise in this specific area. The doctors and staffs are qualified and certified healthcare professional who caters only to your complete recovery.
Varicose veins are often very painful and to add on to the physical disturbances, one of the primary symptom of this condition is undergoing an itching sensation.
What you should avoid?
When you have the varicose vein that is constantly itching, the default reaction would always be to scratch the area. However, scratching can really make your condition critical. When you scratch, you’re creating pressure on the vein that is already close to the surface of the skin. The more you tend to scratch the veins get damaged and hormones like histamine are released which eventually makes the veins itchier.
What Causes Varicose Vein Itching?
Varicose veins are normally located near the surface of the skin. Blood flows from various parts of the body to the heart through these veins. In some cases the valves present in between does not function properly or are damaged and the blood which is pumped instead of moving forward starts to pool in one place giving rise to an inflammation of that region. As there is a dysfunction in the veins going on, the body strives hard to solve the issue. Partially the body’s response is hormonal. Histamine as stated earlier is one such hormone the release of which causes more itches and this is the same hormone that is released when there is any kind of allergies in the body. It works in simple logic. The more histamine is present in one single area the interpretation of the brain is that of an itch.
How to Soothe the Irritation cause by varicose vein
Restrain from itching is the best way to end the cycle of skin irritation. Do not scratch the area. With ingredients like natural oils, Functional Keratin dryness and itching can be resolved. Jojoba oil works as a moisturizer to soothe the dry areas. Exercise is one very essential thing. The large muscles in your legs can contract and help the veins when you regularly indulge in physical activity, Exercise makes the valves push the pooled blood back to the heart. It’s also helpful to wear compression stockings. These should be tighter at the bottom than the top. This can help the blood get back to the heart. Keep your feet elevated when you are lying down. This will have reverse gravitational effect and night help in blood flow. Regular visit to a vein specialist can make a huge difference in a positive way. Doctors can prescribe you strategies for dealing with the discomfort after diagnosis as well as recommend treatment options that are long-term like sclerotherapy or laser ablation.
Consulting with a doctor is the best possible means. One should get in touch with a vein care center or an interventional radiologist. Avis Vascular Centre is one of the most well-known centers who has specialized in vein care treatment and also outpatient recovery. The mission is to perform minimally invasive procedures with the highest standards of quality in a comfortable, convenient, and professional clinical setting.
Most people, especially women who are over 50 years of age often complain of vein issues in legs and feet. Venous diseases take different shapes and forms in different patients. While some may suffer from invisible yet painful venous insufficiency symptoms, a few others may have signs of painless but ugly looking varicose veins. No matter the form, venous diseases not only point towards a serious health condition but are also highly progressive in nature which means that the patient’s condition may worsen in the absence of an effective treatment.
As all forms of venous diseases have more or less the same identical signs and symptoms, the doctors found it difficult to differentiate between the various stages and thus CEAP, the comprehensive classification system was used to clearly define distinctive boundaries between the various stages.
CEAP refers to the following :
As per CEAP, the following is the official classification of venous insufficiency in 7 different stages, listed in increasing levels of severity:
Venous diseases hampers the patient’s overall quality of life. Owing to its progressive nature, a vein issue has a high tendency of getting worse with growing age. It is important to be able to differentiate between the various stages of venous insufficiency for pinpoint diagnosis and timely treatment. Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Hospitals has international medical certifications and years of extensive experience in offering the most advanced treatments for the various different stages of venous insufficiency.
He always analyses each patient’s unique symptoms and thoroughly goes through his/her medical history before advising medications or therapies. With the most technologically advanced medical care provisions of non-invasive treatments like laser ablation for venous diseases, Avis Hospitals is the most reliable medical center for any vein diseases. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rajah V Koppala today.
In India, over 10 million varicose vein cases are reported every year. Varicose vein medical ailment is estimated to affect the legs and feet of nearly 30% of the adult Indians. Also, most obese people have a tendency to develop one or more varicose veins as they age. Based on verified statistics, women are known to be somewhat more probable of suffering from varicose veins as compared to their male counterparts.
What are Varicose Veins?
In the case of a healthy person, the valves of the veins make the used and de-oxygenated blood flow back to the heart from all body parts. These valves also prevent the blood from staying stagnant at one place or flowing backward in the undesired direction. But for patients who complain of varicose veins, the valves of the affected veins get damaged and hence restrict the blood flow back to the heart. This disturbs the circulatory system and causes the blood to pool around the impaired veins.
Varicose veins are those swollen and enlarged veins that are often seen bulging out from the skin surface of the legs. These twisted veins are bluish-purple in colour and are truly an ugly sight. The varicose vein patients often complain of pain, itching, burning, and mild cramping in the affected area. You should never ignore any visible signs of varicose veins. Although not a very serious disorder, varicose veins may not require immediate treatment but genuine medical aid is vital to prevent the condition from getting worse. In some critical scenarios, the delays in treating the varicose veins can further lead to other several other acute health hazards like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) i.e. clots in the superficial veins, acute Venous Ulcers, and even Chronic Venous Insufficiency.
Why do Varicose Veins Re-appear?
By treating the varicose veins, patients not only get relief from the constant pain, and irritation, but also get rid of the unappealing sight of the varicose veins on their legs and feet. The traditional treatment procedure of vein surgery, where the affected veins were stripped off, is definitely less efficient and has higher chances of making the varicose veins re-appear.
In the new era, with the invention of laser treatments for varicose veins, the swollen varicose veins are accurately identified with the help of the duplex ultrasound procedure and these are then permanently closed. This forces the body to re-route the blood to other neighboring veins. Although the advanced laser treatment massively reduces the chances of varicose veins coming back, it does not guarantee a permanent cure. In medical terms, varicose vein is a chronic ailment and the varicose veins may redevelop in the future for the patients who were successfully treated in the past.
A patient who has once had varicose veins always remains at high risk of redeveloping them. It is not usually the same vein, but different veins may get affected by the malfunctioning valves, thus causing the varicose veins to reoccur. Some people are genetically more probable to develop varicose veins but all patients can reduce their chances of re-growing varicose veins by improving their lifestyle. Doing mild exercises every day, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a BMI (Body Mass Index) score under 25, is known to reduce the risk of varicose veins.
Also, you must avoid sitting or standing for long periods at a stretch as this can cause extreme pressure on your veins and breakdown the valves. In an unfortunate incidence of the varicose veins recurring for you, you can still get them eliminated by the painless endovenous laser treatment. This laser treatment is minimally invasive and absolutely painless. It leaves no cuts or scar marks on the patient’s body and has quick recovery time. Except for a few critical cases, patients are generally discharged on the same day. They can go back home and resume their daily activities without any difficulties or outside support.
The endovenous laser treatment procedure has very little post-operative care and the patients can even undertake long flights without the fear of DVT or blood clots that may cause a medical emergency. To a few patients, the vascular surgeon may suggest the use of compression stockings for a few days after the laser treatment.
Most people, especially women who are over 50 years of age often complain of vein issues in legs and feet. Venous diseases take different shapes and forms in different patients. While some may suffer from invisible yet painful venous insufficiency symptoms, a few others may have signs of painless but ugly looking varicose veins. No matter the form, venous diseases not only point towards a serious health condition but are also highly progressive in nature which means that the patient’s condition may worsen in the absence of an effective treatment. As all forms of venous diseases have more or less the same identical signs and symptoms, the doctors found it difficult to differentiate between the various stages, and thus CEAP, the comprehensive classification system was used to clearly define distinctive boundaries between the various stages.
CEAP refers to the following :
As per CEAP, the following is the official classification of venous insufficiency in 7 different stages, listed in increasing levels of severity:
Venous diseases hamper the patient’s overall quality of life. Owing to its progressive nature, a vein issue has a high tendency of getting worse with growing age. It is important to be able to differentiate between the various stages of venous insufficiency for pinpoint diagnosis and timely treatment.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Hospitals has international medical certifications and years of extensive experience in offering the most advanced treatments for the various different stages of venous insufficiency. He always analyses each patient’s unique symptoms and thoroughly goes through his/her medical history before advising medications or therapies. With the most technologically advanced medical care provisions of non-invasive treatments like laser ablation for venous diseases, Avis Hospitals is the most reliable medical center for any vein diseases. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rajah V Koppala today
Varicose veins can sometimes be painful and cosmetically disturbing, and some patients may also have an itching sensation. The itch can be occasionally or may last throughout the day and night.
What Causes Varicose Vein Itching?
Varicose veins are normally located near the surface of the skin. Blood flows from various parts of the body to the heart through these veins. In some cases, the valves present in between does not function properly or are damaged and the blood which is pumped instead of moving forward starts to pool in one place giving rise to inflammation of that region. As there is a dysfunction in the veins going on, the body strives hard to solve the issue. Partially the body’s response is by releasing a hormone called Histamine. Histamine is the same hormone that is released when there is any kind of allergy in the body. Once you scratch the area, more histamine is released, and more itching occurs. So, it is a vicious cycle, and we must avoid scratching at any cost. Easy to say, difficult to follow!
How to stop the itching caused by varicose vein?
Avoiding itching is the best way to end the cycle of skin irritation. Keeping the skin moist by application of Coconut oil and commonly available moisturizers also help. Drugs such as MPFF (Daflon) also help, by decreasing the inflammation of the skin over the varicose veins. Herbal remedies such as extracts of Butchers Broom and Horse chestnut seeds have also been advocated. The long term relief is however by treating the underlying varicose veins. Following a proper clinical and ultrasound examination, the varicose veins are nowadays treated by non-surgical methods such as Laser, RFA, MOCA, Glue, Sclerotherapy, etc. Doctors at our center have performed thousands of such procedures to date, and most patients have had good relief from their symptoms of itching after treatment.
Exercise is one very essential thing. The large muscles in your legs can contract and help the veins when you regularly indulge in physical activity, Exercise makes the valves push the pooled blood back to the heart. It’s also helpful to wear compression stockings. These should be tighter at the bottom than the top. This can help the blood get back to the heart. Keep your feet elevated when you are lying down. This will have a reverse gravitational effect and night help in blood flow. A regular visit to a vein specialist can make a huge difference in a positive way. Doctors can prescribe you strategies for dealing with the discomfort after diagnosis as well as recommend treatment options that are long-term like sclerotherapy or laser ablation.
A person is said to be obese (overweight) when his or her body weight is more than 20% of the ideal body weight. BMI (Body Mass Index) is an index of obesity and is calculated from the height and weight of the concerned person. People who have a BMI above 25 but below 30 are considered overweight whereas patients with BMI greater than 30 are known to be suffering from obesity.
Obesity is usually caused by:
Obesity can lead to many medical problems such as diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, brain, and joints.
Can Be Overweight lead to Varicose veins?
Excessive body weight places additional pressure on the veins of the legs and makes it difficult for them to pump the deoxygenated blood back to the heart against gravity. Over time, this leads to failure of the vein valves, due to which the blood flows back into the legs, causing an increase in the vein pressure. This leads to dilatation of the veins, and these enlarged and dilated veins will be seen as bulging veins in the legs.
I am obese? But I can’t see any Bulging Veins. Can I still have Varicose Veins?
In patients who are overweight, the varicose veins are often masked under numerous layers of fat, especially in the legs, and this is the main reason they are unseen and untreated for a long period of time. Often the first sign is a swelling or a pigmentation of skin around the ankles. This should alert the patient to the underlying disease. The easiest method of confirming this is a special ultrasound test of the veins called a Venous Doppler test. Treatment of these veins at the right time is important to prevent long-term complications such as blood clots and venous ulcers.
Will it help my varicose veins if I lose weight?
With a decrease in weight, the pressure on the veins is decreased, and some symptoms such as heaviness of legs, itching around the ankles and swelling of the feet may be relieved to some extent. It will also prevent the development of new varicose veins. However, once the venous valves have started leaking, it is unlikely they will heal, and therefore the varicose veins which are already present may need to be treated if they are severe or have caused complications.
What treatment modalities would be ideal for obese patients with Varicose Veins?
The endovenous procedures such as laser, RFA or Glue therapy would be ideal treatment procedures for overweight patients. Since there are no cuts or stitches, and only local anesthesia is used, the post-procedure complications are significantly reduced with these techniques compared to open surgery.
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No one knows the exact cause of spider and varicose veins, but there are several factors that cause a person to be more likely to develop them.
In women, the presence of varicose veins on the legs often signifies a more extensive health problem – pelvic congestion syndrome.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by poorly functioning veins in the ovaries and pelvic region, which can manifest as varicosities in the abdomen, buttocks, vulva, and legs. Women that suffer from a generalized achiness in their pelvic area, especially when standing, lifting, or after sexual intercourse, may suffer from this condition.
Spider veins, unlike varicose veins, most often do not occur in response to increased pressure except for the pressure created by nearby varicosities themselves. They often arise from the presence of the female hormone estrogen which is most likely why these spider veins are seen more commonly in females. Women also are known to have more development of spider veins when their body estrogen levels are elevated such as when they are pregnant when taking oral contraceptives, and obviously when on estrogen replacement therapy.
Once you have varicose and spider veins they will not go away without medical treatment. While it is important to seek early medical attention to slow the progress of the venous disease, there are conservative measures that can help alleviate the symptoms of a vein:
Note: The arteries and veins generally suffer from different medical conditions and the foods we are warned to avoid that are high in fat and cholesterol do cause "hardening of the arteries" but have no effect on the leg veins.
No. Indeed, walking is beneficial. When you walk, the muscles in your legs contract, squeezing the veins, thus helping to force the blood to move forward on its way back to the heart. If walking causes discomfort, you should see your physician to determine why walking is causing your discomfort (i.e. to exclude any other causes besides varicose veins). Walking is also an excellent form of exercise to help promote good cardiovascular health.
Remember these important questions when deciding whether to see your doctor: Has the varicose vein become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch?
If no, continue to follow the self-care tips above tissue around the treated vein. This can cause numbness in small areas of skin, burning, or a change in sensation around the surgical scar. The most serious, but rare, a complication of surgery is the creation of a deep vein blood clot that may travel to the lungs and heart.
Varicose veins are often aggravated by an extended period of sitting during travel. In-flight inactivity, when combined with weak vein walls, can lead to 'Economy Class Syndrome, or the development of blood clots in the superficial venous system of the lower legs. To keep legs healthy at 30,000 feet, practice in-flight exercises like rotating your ankles while seated, walking the aisle, and standing calf raises.
Most people with varicose veins do not develop complications. It is impossible to predict who will develop complications. The visible size of the varicose veins is not related to whether complications will develop:
Superficial thrombophlebitis - This is the formation of a blood clot in the varicose vein. It causes redness, pain and the area is tender. It is not dangerous unless it is very extensive and approaches one of the junctions with the deep veins. This type of clot is unlikely to dislodge and move to the lungs (unlike the ones in the deep veins). It is an uncommon occurrence.
Bleeding - If the varicose vein is covered by very thin skin, minor injuries may cause bleeding. This can be severe and may require emergency admission to the hospital.
If you have varicose veins for a number of years, these conditions may arise:
Venous Eczema - this may occur over large varicose veins or around the ankle. It causes dry, red, flaky and itchy skin
Venous Pigmentation - this is brown staining of the skin around the ankle. It is due to the leakage of a small amount of blood from the veins into the skin
Lipodermatosclerosis - this is the next stage up from pigmentation in that the fat under the skin is thickened and the skin feels hard and swollen. This is at high risk of breaking down to form an ulcer after a minor injury
Venous Ulceration - ulcers at the ankle.
Please note that the presence of a sudden area of pain and discoloration in the region of the legs, especially the calves, should be treated as an emergency as it may be indicative of deep vein thrombosis.
Do I need treatment for varicose veins?
Obesity is a medical condition that is characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the body. A person is said to be obese when his/her body weight is 20% more or even higher than the ideal body weight. Obesity is measured by a numeric value called BMI (Body Mass Index) that is calculated from the height and weight of the concerned person. BMI between 19 to 25 is considered fairly good. People who have a BMI above 25 but below 30 are considered overweight whereas patients with BMI greater than 30 are known to be suffering from obesity.
Obesity is usually caused due to a sedentary lifestyle that is symbolized by increased food intake and poor physical activity levels. A few patients who have a slow metabolism may experience weight gain even after limited food intake. Certain medications, medical disorders, and even genetics are some known factors that can lead to an increase in body weight. Obesity is a rising epidemic in India. The exceptionally high amounts of body fat tend to have a negative impact on the overall health and well-being of the patient. Obesity contributes to the likelihood of medical disorders such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and even cancer.
Growing age, vein injuries, gender, medical history of blood clots, family history of varicose veins, and a job that requires extended durations of sitting or standing in the same positions are factors that increase the chances of development of varicose veins. Other than these factors, obesity is another major contributor to varicose vein development but not all patients are aware of how their weight affects their vascular health. Understanding the relationship between excess body fat and venous disorders will help in better management of both these medical complications.
The excessive body weight places additional pressure on the veins of the legs and makes it difficult for them to pump the deoxygenated blood back to the heart against the gravitational pull of the earth. Over time, this leads to failure of the vein valves and results in excessive blood pooling. Varicose veins are visible as enlarged and swollen veins and can be often seen as bulging out from the surface of the skin. These cause irritation and a feeling of heaviness in the affected area. In critical cases, the patient may find it difficult to move around or walk without support.
How Weight Can Mask Varicose Veins
Obesity not only causes varicose veins but also conceals (hides) them. In obese patients, the varicose veins are often masked under numerous layers of fat, especially on the legs, and this is the primary reason for them to go unseen and untreated for a long period of time. Varicose veins in obese patients are not as closer to the skin surface as they are for people who maintain a healthy weight. In obese patients, varicose veins are not visible to the naked eye and are thus difficult to be diagnosed via physical examination alone. Lack or delay in treatment of varicose veins progresses the condition to more serious medical disorders namely chronic venous insufficiency, blood clots in deep veins, venous ulcers, and even pulmonary embolism that can even lead to loss of life.
Numerous studies have confirmed the strong relationship between varicose veins and obesity. Maintaining a healthy BMI will assist in alleviating almost all symptoms of varicose veins such as enlarged veins, swelling, itching, feeling of heaviness in legs, and skin discoloration in the affected area. It is true that shedding the extra kilos will prevent your varicose veins from progressing further to other venous disorders such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), venous ulceration, and other life-threatening medical conditions.
Also, it is important to note that although losing weight will aid in the prevention of formation of new varicose veins, it is not likely to cause any improvement in the state of already damaged veins. A decrease in the body fat accumulation will lead to improved blood circulation and thus reduce the likelihood of development of new varicose veins but your existing varicose veins will surely need medical treatment. A few people who were obese earlier but have now lost some extra kilos from their bodies believe that they have developed varicose veins only after shedding the excessive body weight. However, the truth is that varicose veins were most probably developed when they were obese but they remained hidden below the fat layers of the body. They have only become noticeable when the fat percentage of the body has got reduced.
If you are beginning to see any early signs of varicose veins on your legs and feet, please do not ignore these symptoms and visit a vein specialist as a priority. The vascular expert will begin with a physical examination and perform a duplex ultrasound scan to find the exact position and severity of your varicose veins. Laparoscopic procedures for painless treatment of varicose veins have become popular across India. Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre is a distinguished veins specialist with international qualifications and decades of medical experience. He is a thorough expert at laser removal of varicose veins which is a brief procedure performed in a minimally invasive manner.
You must not worry about being admitted to the hospital as the laser ablation treatment is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with local anaesthesia only. You can go back home on the same day and perform your daily activities soon after. All varicose veins are removed in a single sitting and this is a totally safe process with negligible chances of varicose veins recurrence. Avis Vascular Centre is Hyderabad’s leading medical institute for the painless treatment of varicose veins. It has all modern medical equipment with the latest amenities for faster treatment and quicker healing of all patients. We offer round-the-clock assistance for medical approvals and ensure a hassle-free medical experience throughout the treatment process.
Varicose Vein Treatments: Then & Now
Varicose veins are a chronic medical disorder and can occur to anyone at any age. Women, due to their hormones, are more likely to develop varicose veins as compared to their male counterparts. It has been reported that as many as 40% of the women and roughly 25% of the men in India complain of varicose veins in their legs and feet. Most people who have early signs of varicose veins are advised to adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve their medical condition. Doctors strongly recommend eating nutritious food, indulging in some form of physical activity every day, and limiting the intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Apart from doing the obvious, healthcare experts also ask the people who are suffering from varicose veins to rest their legs at a level above their heart while lying down on a flat surface. This is known to help blood flow back to the heart from the legs and feet which in-turn relieves the swelling and reduces the discomfort. Varicose veins patients also experience temporary relief by consuming blood thinners and wearing compression stockings but the only lasting solution to the ever-increasing pain and discomfort is to get these unsightly varicose veins permanently closed and/or removed. Closing/Removing the varicose veins prevents blood from pooling as the body re-routes the deoxygenated blood to the neighboring healthier veins.
Patients who ignore varicose veins symptoms and delay its treatment develop a high risk of other medical complications namely – venous stasis, skin discoloration, venous eczema, and blood clots in the deep veins (DVT) which can further lead to the life-threatening medical disorder named pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs that prevents oxygen supply to vital body parts and causes death). It is thus, absolutely necessary to undergo treatment for varicose veins to alleviate the symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse. You can choose from the multitude of available treatment options for varicose veins. Undergoing surgical treatment will not only correct the underlying cause of venous insufficiency but also take care of your cosmetic concerns.
Varicose Veins Treatment Procedures
Back in the old days, vein stripping was the most popular treatment option where patients were operated under the influence of general anaesthesia. In this process, the damaged veins were stripped (removed) through numerous small incisions in the affected area. After this procedure, it takes anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks for patients to recover and get back to work. In another procedure called vein litigation, the vascular surgeon cuts off and ties up the damaged veins. This procedure is highly invasive and there are high chances of infection or bleeding. Patients require an elongated stay in the hospital and also complain of pain from stitches and prominently visible scars.
In both these procedures, patients are usually advised bed rest and asked to avoid physical activity for a few weeks in the post-surgery phase. Patients may also have to wear compression stockings while being on oral medications. Although effective, these are quite painful and have a longer recovery timeline. Opposed to the earlier times, new and advanced minimally invasive procedures are now available for the treatment of varicose veins. USFDA approved endovenous laser ablation technique is by far the best cure for varicose veins. It is a painless process performed as an outpatient procedure under the influence of local anaesthesia.
All varicose veins are mapped out through the live ultrasound scan and removed in a single sitting. The patient can go back home on the same day and resume everyday activities. There are no major side-effects and only negligible chances of varicose veins recurrence. It is the most trusted and widely-performed treatment procedure across the World.
Choose the no-pain, no-stitches, and no-scar endovenous laser ablation treatment for your varicose veins. It has a soaring high success rate, is faster to perform, and even quicker to heal. Regarded as a painless and minimally invasive procedure, it is suitable for patients of all age groups. Avis Vascular Centre, Hyderabad is the centre of excellence for vascular health. It has all modern medical amenities and in-house facility for duplex ultrasound scan which is made available free of cost to all deserving patients. It has the most professional doctors and courteous staff that takes complete care of all patients from the day of their consultation visit to even after the treatment is complete.
The vascular team at Avis Vascular Centre is headed by Dr. Rajah V Koppala who is a world-renowned vascular expert and interventional radiologist with over two decades of medical experience. After completing his education from international universities, he has treated 12000+ patients with a cent percent success ratio. Opt for the best-in-class medical assistance at the best healthcare institute by the highly acclaimed vascular surgeon Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre. We make all arrangements for out-station patients and are available round-the-clock for cashless Mediclaim assistance from all leading national insurance companies. Schedule your appointment today!