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About CARE Hospitals

With 14 hospitals spread across 6 cities, CARE Hospitals is a regional leader in tertiary care. It is ranked among the top 5 pan-Indian hospital chains and is driven by the core principle ‘to provide care that people trust’ through cost-effective medical care in more than 30 specialties.

Varicose Veins

Swollen or twisted veins residing just under your skin surface are known as varicose veins. Although mostly occurring in the legs, they can be found in other body parts as well. They are usually red, bluish or purple in color and contain one-way valves to ensure blood flow towards the heart. When these valves become weak or damaged, it leads to blood back up, increasing the pressure on the veins. The resultant pressure causes the veins to expand leading to varicose veins.

How do you Recognize Varicose Veins?

Here are a few signs that indicate you have varicose veins -

  • Large veins that are visible on the skin
  • Achy or heavy legs
  • Mild swelling around feet and ankles
  • Cramping or throbbing in legs
  • Discolored skin around veins
  • Itchy skin especially around ankle and lower leg

Diagnosis of Varicose Veins

Your legs and veins will be examined by the doctor in either sitting or standing position. You might have to get an ultrasound done, which will help the doctor check how blood flows through your veins. Most of the time, you would be asked to make lifestyle changes, instead of going for more aggressive treatments.

When do you Require Treatment for Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins don’t always cause discomfort or require treatment. Treatment is considered essential if your varicose veins are causing discomfort or pain. Besides easing symptoms, certain complications such as leg ulcers, skin discoloration or swelling might also require adequate treatment. Sometimes, the treatment is opted for cosmetic reasons as well.

Types of Surgical Procedures for Varicose Veins

Following are the common surgical procedures for treating varicose veins -

  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • High ligation and vein stripping
  • Endoscopic vein surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Catheter-assisted procedures using laser or radiofrequency

What Does the Surgery Entail?

The surgical removal or closing of varicose veins using a variety of techniques is known as varicose vein surgery. The blood supply in the legs isn’t harmed in the process but redirected into other healthy veins. Surgery can be performed on both deep and superficial veins. The aim of the surgery is to reduce the pressure on the veins and relieve the symptoms.

What to Expect from the Surgery?

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and varies from case to case. Mostly, a slanting cut or incision is made along the groin through which the top end of the faulty skin vein is tied. This is done to stop the blood flow through the faulty vein and the process is known as ligation. A wire is inserted through the vein till the knees where a second cut is made to pull the vein out. The process is known as stripping.

Preventing Varicose Veins

Although varicose veins cannot be prevented completely, improving muscle tone and circulation can help reduce the risk of developing additional ones. Following are the measures that will help prevent varicose veins as well as treat the discomfort the patients with the condition may undergo -

  • Watching your weight
  • Exercising
  • Consuming high fiber, low-salt diet
  • Avoiding tight hosiery or high heels
  • Changing your standing or sitting position frequently

Why CARE Hospitals?

CARE Hospitals is recognized as the most advanced, all-round health care centre in the country, powered by cross-functional teams comprising of surgeons, critical care and emergency medicine specialists. The founding team of CARE Hospitals comprises of medical innovators and pioneers who are passionately driven to make healthcare affordable for all while ensuring clinical outcomes at par with international standards.

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