Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 35% of people in the India. You may inherit a tendency to develop varicose veins from a parent. Women, women who have had multiple children, and obese persons are at a higher risk.
- Pain, itching, swelling, burning, leg heaviness or tiredness, skin discoloration. Symptoms typically worsen throughout the day and are partially relieved by elevation or wearing compression socks or stockings.
- Sometimes, varicose veins clot and become painful, hot, hard and discolored. This is called phlebitis, an uncomfortable but temporary condition that will get better on its own in 2-3 months. Clots associated with phlebitis are limited to surface veins, and not dangerous - unlike clots in the deep veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) that are dangerous because they can travel to the heart or lung and require prompt treatment with blood thinners.
- A shower or minor trauma can cause a varicose vein to burst and bleed.
- Skin tears or ulceration indicate a very severe case.
SEE A VASCULAR SURGEON:
You will be asked questions about symptoms and medical history, including questions about family members. The vascular surgeon will also perform a physical exam that includes gently probing for problem areas on your legs while you are standing.
AN ULTRASOUND MAY BE RECOMMENDED:
A painless ultrasound is usually given during during the same office visit to pinpoint problem veins and determine the best way to treat them.
- RF Ablation
- Laser Ablation
- Foam Sclerotherapy