Varicose veins are formed when the valves in the veins do not function as desired. Veins are supposed to pump blood back to the heart. However, when they do not do this, it leads to pooling of blood which causes swelling and irritation in the affected area. Often people, especially those who experience no symptoms, think that varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem. But you must realise that it is essential to get your varicose veins diagnosed and treated. Not doing so can lead to medical complications such as chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers and deep vein thrombosis. In the worse scenario, it can lead to pulmonary embolism (when a blood clot that travels to the lungs) which can be life-threatening. If you are wondering if you need surgery for varicose veins, keep reading:
When is surgery recommended?
The first line of treatment for varicose veins typically involves lifestyle changes and compression stockings. But you may need a surgical procedure. In the following cases, surgery may be recommended:
- Severe pain
- Skin problems
- Blood clots
Some people prefer surgery to get rid of ugly and unsightly veins even when they are not experiencing above-mentioned symptoms.
Are you the right candidate for surgery?
Whether you are the right candidate for surgery or not that is for your vascular surgeon to decide. Your vascular surgeon will help you decide after weighing several factors. Among them are:
- Your age and your overall health.
- The severity of your varicose veins
- Your symptoms
- Your expectations with surgery.
Different laser treatment
Laser surgery is one of the preferred treatment for varicose veins. Laser heat seals the damaged vein.
- Simple laser treatment. This treatment is preferred to treat spider veins and varicose veins which are not very deep.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation: Endovenous laser treatment is ideal for deep varicose veins. The painless and minimally invasive procedure is quite popular. In this procedure, a small cut is made on the skin surface. From this tiny cut, a catheter and laser fibre are inserted into the affected area. The heat from the laser fibre is then used to close off the damaged veins. Blood is automatically re-routed to the neighbouring healthier veins. It is performed as an outpatient procedure which no need for hospitalisation. It is a safe procedure that is performed with local anaesthesia.
What to expect after the procedure
The post-operative recovery is short thanks to laser treatment. After simple laser treatment, you are likely to be able to return to your normal daily routine. After endovenous laser treatment, you will have to wear compression stockings for 1 week or more. The vascular surgeon will give you the list of dos and don’ts if there are any. You will also be called for an ultrasound after the laser treatment to make sure that the vein is closed.
Looking for the best vascular surgeon in India?
If you are looking for the best vascular surgeon in India, visit Avis Vascular Centre. We are one of the best hospitals for varicose veins. We have highly acclaimed and distinguished vascular surgeons and radiologists. Our doctors have rich experience in performing the endovenous laser procedure for varicose veins and other disorders like deep vein thrombosis and active venous ulcers.