Are varicose veins dangerous?
Varicose veins are not only ugly and unsightly but also a threat to our overall health and general well-being. These swollen and enlarged veins are an unpleasant site and signal towards an underlying issue in the blood circulatory system of our body.
As you would already know, poor blood circulation is the leading cause of numerous other health conditions which are also known to worsen over time due to the lack or delay in the treatment of varicose veins.
Most people tend to ignore varicose veins as a cosmetic displeasure and delay seeking medical assistance from a venous specialist as the cost of treatment is usually not justified in the scenario of lack of any discomforting symptoms.
It is, however, important to note that not all varicose veins patients experience pain and itching in the affected area. It is fairly common for people suffering from venous disorders to neither have visible varicose veins not experience and difficultly in moving around.
Although asymptomatic varicose veins do not cause pain or discomfort, timely treatment is essential to rule out the chances of other venous complications. Regardless of the patient’s age, early diagnosis is the key to better treatment and faster recovery.
What are the health risks of varicose veins?
Venous disorders are becoming increasingly popular for middle-aged people, especially women. Owing to a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and lack of physical exercise, most people experience symptoms such as irritation in the damaged area, fatigue, and overall discomfort on the legs, mostly around the ankle.
Varicose veins in the form of under-skin blemishes must be treated on time not only because they affect our aesthetics but also because timely treatment is likely to reduce the probability of other medical complications.
Let us understand the 5 major health risks for patients who fail to seek timely medical care for the treatment of varicose veins :
- Ulcers – As an extremely large volume of blood continues to remain pooled in the affected area, varicose veins are known to promote the formation of ulcers. The active venous ulcers are quite painful and extremely difficult to heal. What is worse is that these ulcers often ooze out fluids and are highly prone to infections.
- Bleeding – Varicose veins are situated right under the surface of the skin. Often when varicose veins are left untreated, these swollen veins burst out from the skin surface and result in uncontrolled bleeding. Owing to excessive pooling of blood, it is very difficult to stop the bleeding from the damaged area.
- Superficial Thrombosis – This medical condition is explained by the presence of blood clots in the veins that are closer to the dermis layer of the skin. These superficial veins are more vulnerable to damage and often lead to other medical complications resulting in increased pain and discomfort.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis – Deep vein thrombosis or DVT refers to the medical condition where blood clots are formed in the deep veins. This is not an emergency condition but treatment is vital as the blood clot can break free and travel to other body parts. This can even result in pulmonary embolism where the blood clot travels to the lungs and cuts off the oxygen supply eventually leading to loss of life!
- Lipo-dermato-sclerosis – Varicose veins are a prominent symptom of lipo-dermato-sclerosis. Patients suffering from this medical condition experience tapering of legs at the ankles accompanied by the hardening of the skin. Other common symptoms include a change in skin colour, extreme pain, and immense swelling. It is known that getting treatment for varicose veins helps reduce the impact of lipo-dermato-sclerosis.
How to treat varicose veins?
Today, owing to humungous advancements in medical science and technology, numerous treatment methods are available for varicose veins. Endovenous laser treatment is by far the best procedure for the painless and minimally invasive cure of varicose veins.
In the laser treatment procedure, a tiny cut is made on the skin surface to insert a thin laser fibre. This procedure is monitored with the help of a live Doppler ultrasound scan. The heat from this laser fibre is used to close off all damaged veins. Soon after, the body re-routes blood to neighbouring healthier veins and absorbs all dead veins.
The endovenous laser treatment is a highly advantageous procedure as the patient does not require hospitalization. This procedure is performed with local anaesthesia as a daycare procedure and the patient can return to his home on the same day itself!
As there is no risk of any major side-effects and all varicose veins are treated in a single session, this is the best procedure for faster recovery. Patients are able to perform their everyday activities and resume office from the next day after the procedure. It is a completely safe procedure, there is only a negligible chance of varicose veins recurrence.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is the best interventional radiologist in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam and is renowned for the successful laser treatment of varicose veins. He is a vascular surgeon and specializes in the endovenous laser procedure for the removal of varicose veins.
Avis Vascular Centre has world-class medical amenities and modern infrastructure to offer advanced medical care and the best-in-class treatment to patients of all age groups.
If you have varicose veins and are contemplating undergoing the endovenous laser treatment, look no further and schedule your appointment with the distinguished venous specialist Dr. Rajah V Koppala from Avis Vascular Centre. We assure you good health with the best treatment at the most affordable prices! Get in touch with us today!