Ugly veins on your legs

Get rid of those bulging, twisted painful veins on your legs and get back to enjoying your daily life

DR. JAISOM CHOPRA

Are you scared of surgery and hate going to hospitals? Do you want to remove those ugly varicose veins on your legs with invisible scars, minimal hospital stay and go back to work in a day or two – well EndoVenous Laser Treatement (EVLT) is your answer.
Get rid of those bulging, twisted painful veins on your legs and get back to enjoying your daily life.
Varicose veins affect females and males of all age groups. They present as ugly, ropy dilated veins leading to tiredness, pain, heaviness and cramps in the legs followed by colour changes at the ankle and ulcers that do not heal.
They run in families, and are aggravated by pregnancy.
Factors that speed up the development of these veins are prolonged standing, obesity and injury to the legs.
The diagnoses is confirmed by colour Doppler.
Nothing can be done to prevent varicose veins from developing but we can reduce the chances of varicose veins becoming worse and uncomfortable by:
• Wear compression stockings when standing for long
• Exercising
• Losing weight
• Keeping our legs elevated when resting
• Avoid crossing legs with sitting
• Wearing lose clothes
• Avoid prolonged standing.
• Low salt high fibre diet to avoid constipation and straining

There are many ways to treat varicose veins but the best, most effective and patient friendly is the Laser technique.
The new minimally invasive techniques involve Lazer (EVLT), Radio-frequency Ablation(RFA). In both the dilated vein is closed shut by heat therapy. In these methods a thin Lazer or RF wire is introduced into the diseased, dilated vein via a needle prick. The vein is burnt from within leaving no scars and causing no damage around the vein.
The advantages of these techniques:
• No visible scars of surgery
• Patient is awake. Surgery done under local or spinal anaesthesia.
• Patient goes home by evening
• Patient goes back to work in 1-2 days
What should you do right now?
• If you have a standing job find time to walk every hour.
• Avoid crossing your legs while sitting
• Wear flat shoes and avoid high heels.
•  Elevated legs on pillows at night to reduce swelling
• Normal walking during the day but with compression stockings till mid-thigh. This reduces pain, swelling and progression of disease.
• Consult a vascular surgeon as soon as possible.
What do we achieve with Laser varicose veins surgery?
• Relief from leg pain, heaviness and cramps.
• No discolouration or ulcers
• An improvement in the general health
• A sense of well being
• Renewed energy and vigour
(Author is Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. Feedback at jaisomchopra@hotmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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