Swelled up, enlarged or twisted veins that appear dark purple or blue in colour lead to a condition called Varicose Veins.
- It is caused by faulty valves in the veins.
- It usually appears on the calves, legs or feet.
- Increased blood pressure inside the veins can be a cause. Like in case of a tumor, constipation, obesity or even during pregnancy.
- Seen in 3 out of 10 adults.
- Women are more likely to suffer from this condition.
- Common in men and women between the age of 40 to 80 years.
- Prevalence estimates of this condition are higher, 1% to 73% in females and in males it is 2% to 56%.
- swollen, lumpy veins
- feeling of heaviness in legs after exercise or at night
- veins appearing blue or dark purple
- frequent leg cramps
- aching legs
Varicose veins can cause uneasiness even in the initial stages and should be treated before it worsens and causes economic burden. If not treated, the situation can even lead to you not being able to walk properly all your life. Treatment of Varicose veins by MOCA is not very expensive and results in a speedy recovery.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins Stripping
It is a surgical procedure of removing varicose veins from the thighs or the legs. It involves some risks:-
- Heavy Bleeding
- Blood Clots
- Allergic reaction
- Bruising/ Scarring
Laser Ablation Treatment
In this procedure, strong bursts of laser lights are sent onto the vein resulting in the vein fading away or disappearing. It does not involve any incision. Laser ablation is comparatively lesser invasive and safer compared to surgery.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
This is another minimally invasive treatment which uses radiofrequency instead of laser energy to damage the wall of the affected vein with heat. The RF heat is sent into the vein through a thin and flexible tube (catheter). This treatment results in the closing of blood flow to the main problematic vein.
Mechanochemical Endovenous Ablation ( MOCA)
It the latest technique used to treat Varicose Veins. The Mechanochemical ablation uses mechanical trauma & sclerotherapy to ablate varicose vein. This treatment uses no heat, surgery or anaesthesia. It reduces the risk of varicose veins coming back which normally happens in case of the surgical method. The complications seen in the thermal techniques are comparatively rare in this procedure. MOCA has a higher success rate.
As one of the pioneers of the minimally invasive procedures in India, Interventional Radiologist Dr Sandeep Sharma has vast experience and knowledge in the treatments of ailments such as the Varicose Veins. His unique technical skill is unparalleled .When getting treated by Dr Sharma, he ensures you receive the most advanced care ever available, which is effective yet super safe.
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