Remedies for Varicose Veins

I am 32/F and I noticed dark veins on my thighs and legs. There is no pain. As I am from the hospitality industry, my profession demands long hours of standing and I am conscious of the way it looks.Is there a cosmetic solution?

For many, early varicose veins / Spider veins are usually present without any symptoms. At this stage, they can be corrected cosmetically with foam sclerotherapy. It is a day care procedure and hence one can resume their duties from the next day. One can also use venous stockings and make lifestyle changes like walking daily, avoiding long hours of standing/sitting, elevation of the ankles before sleeping, and avoiding excess intake of salt/sugar to prolong the progress of the disease.

I am 28 yr old female suffering from varicose veins since 3 years. As I am in the 5th month of my pregnancy, I have noticed that the swelling has increased and appearance has changed. What precautions can I take?

Varicose veins can occur due to hormonal changes. They are nothing but veins beneath your skin that get enlarged/swollen especially over the legs /feet mainly due to obstructed blood flow It is always advised to get the venous doppler test done to confirm if the primary veins are functioning well. One can use venous stockings for time being to reduce the swelling over the veins along with a few lifestyle changes listed above.

I have varicose veins since many years. It started bleeding a few months back. I have developed a wound on my right leg. I also notice itching and discoloration over my feet. I am worried as I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and my age is 46 years. Is there a permanent solution?

Venous ulcers develop due to chronic varicose veins. Based on the venous doppler report, clinical examination & medical history,  Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins -EVLA (laser surgery for varicose veins)+ foam sclerotherapy along with laser debridement of the ulcer (if any) is the permanent solution. As there are no stitches involved in the surgery, the patient can be back home in 24 hours. The patient can resume his day-to-day activities from the next day itself.

Minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins

I am a high school teacher and have noticed some discoloured patches on the skin, especially behind my thighs. It looks like the veins are more prominent. They developed recently.

Spider veins are commonly seen due to hormonal changes. While they are not harmful, one can get rid of the unusual appearance cosmetically by Foam sclerotherapy. Dr Paresh Gandhi, a renowned vascular surgeon at Healing Hands Clinic, guides every patient with his expertise and treats them with minimal invasion.

I am a tailor, and for the past two years, I have had swelling over my veins on both legs. It doesn’t hamper my work. But for the past two weeks, I have noticed redness over my legs and the skin feels sensitive and warm on touching.

Varicose veins can remain harmless for a long time. Getting a thorough examination done to know the extent of the disease is advised, so that the doctor can rule out DVT or deep vein thrombosis — a condition where there is a blood clot formation in the deep veins, especially in the legs, with the help of venous doppler test. If the test is positive, leg elevation, venous stockings and medications help relieve the swelling and pain. Surgery is contraindicated in this condition.

My 56-year-old mother has been suffering from varicose veins since 7-8 years. The venous stockings helped her reduce the swelling. She has never complained about pain until recently. She has noticed discolouration over the ankles along with itching and mild pain. She is scared of surgery. Is that the only option?

Varicose veins give a tortuous appearance to the veins which is caused due to weakened or damaged valves in the veins. This condition progresses slowly and hence can remain harmless for many years. Venous stockings can help prolong the disease. However, if untreated, the increased pressure causes it to bleed, eventually turning into a venous ulcer. Based on the findings after a physical examination & a Venous Doppler test, laser surgery (EVLA or Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins) is the safest and least invasive option. The patient can start walking the same day and resume their day-to-day activities within a day or two as the recovery is smooth.

Remedies for vericose veins

I am 31 yr old female suffering from varicose veins since 2 years. As I am in the 7th month of my pregnancy, I recently noticed that the swelling has increased and appearance has changed. What precautions can I take?

Varicose veins can occur due to hormonal changes. Dr Gandhi is an expert in Varicose veins. He is one of the pillars at the super speciality clinic, Healing hands clinic. A basic consultation with him & the venous doppler test is advised to confirm if the primary veins are functioning well. One can use venous stockings for time being to reduce the swelling over the veins along with few lifestyle changes like walking daily, avoiding long hours of standing/sitting, elevation of the ankles before sleeping, avoiding excess intake of salt/sugar.

I have varicose veins since many years. It bled once, few months back. It was a small wound on my right leg. I noticed itching and discoloration increasing over my feet. I am worried as I have recently being diagnosed with borderline diabetes and and my age is 46 years. Is there a permanent solution?

Venous ulcers develop due to chronic varicose veins. Based on the venous doppler report, clinical examination & medical history,  Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins -EVLA (laser surgery for varicose veins)+ foam sclerotherapy along with laser debridement of the ulcer (if any) is the permanent solution. As there are no stitches involved in the surgery, the patient can be back home in 24 hours. Patient can resume his day to day activities from next day itself.

I am 32/F and I noticed dark veins on my thighs and legs. As I am from the service industry, my profession demands long hours of standing and I am conscious of the way it looks. Is there a cosmetic solution?

Spider veins can be corrected cosmetically with foam sclerotherapy. It is a day care procedure and hence one can resume their duties from the next day. One can also use venous stockings and make lifestyle changes listed above to prolong the progress of the disease. There is no pain / discomfort post procedure.

Early diagnosis and treatment must in varicose veins

My sister and I have swollen veins. However, mine are painless but my sister has tremendous pain especially during menstruation. Please guide

Varicose veins are usually caused by weak vein walls and valves. Inside your veins are tiny one-way valves that open to let the blood through, and then close to prevent it flowing backwards. Sometimes the walls of the veins become stretched and lose their elasticity, causing the valves to weaken. While it may not be a serious medical condition, they can be uncomfortable and can lead to more serious problems. And, because they may be very noticeable, they may cause people to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Pain and heaviness in legs can be felt in some cases due to hormonal changes. Dr Paresh Gandhi advises to avoid long hours of standing or travel. Also maintaining body weight helps prevent the progress of the disease. Walking, swimming and biking are low impact exercises which can help in better circulation. One should get themselves evaluated from the expert in the field. After clinical examination and venous Doppler of lower limbs :- Use of Venous compression stockings / sclerotherapy or laser ablation is recommended.

When do varicose veins become an emergency?

Venous ulcers and skin discolouration get caused by chronic venous insufficiency. Blood is pooling up in your legs because the valves in your veins are not sending blood back to your heart correctly. By staying off your feet and raising your legs as much as possible, you can reduce the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency disease, but you cannot stop them from progressing. Luckily, these complications are not life-threatening, and they are incredibly easy to treat, but you need to take the first step in securing your health and your future. Laser varicose veins ablation treatment helps in permanent treatment of the disease.

My daughter is in her second trimester. We noticed she has swelling over her veins, especially the right leg. Family doctor has diagnosed it as varicose veins. We are worried as to what could have caused this to develop.

During pregnancy, due to hormonal changes and the enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins that are coming up from the lower limbs, preventing them from adequate emptying. They usually develop during the first trimester. Another factor that contributes to their development is the raised blood volume in the body during pregnancy. Thus, the overloaded veins when compressed by the enlarged uterus, lead to the formation of varicose veins. One must see an expert to rule out other possibilities. At Healing Hands Clinic, a detailed examination and venous doppler test is advised to rule out other severe conditions. As it’s a slow progressing disease, timely diagnosis from expert and treatment will benefit the patient.