Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. Varicose veins are a common condition caused by weak or damaged vein walls and valves. More than 23 percent of all adults are thought to be affected by varicose veins.
Varicose veins are caused by increased blood pressure in the veins. Varicose veins happen in the veins near the surface of the skin (superficial).
|FEATURES||LASER VARICOSE VEINS SURGERY||OPEN SURGERY|
|Cuts and Wounds||No||Yes|
|Bleeding due to Cuts and Stitches||Very Less||More Bleeding|
|Risk of Infection||Very Less||High|
|Rest after Surgery||Can Resume Work||1-2 Months Rest|
Soon after your treatment you will be allowed home. It is advisable not to drive but to take public transport, walk or have a friend drive you. You will have to wear the stockings for up to two weeks and you will be given instructions about how to bathe. You should be able to go back to work straight away and get on with most normal activities.
You cannot swim or get your legs wet during the period in which you have been advised to wear the stockings. Most patients experience a tightening sensation along the length of the treated vein and some get pain in that area around 5 days later but this is usually mild. Normal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen are normally sufficient to relieve it.
The risk of varicose veins increases with age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins that help regulate blood flow. Eventually, that wear causes the valves to allow some blood to flow back into your veins where it collects instead of flowing up to your heart.
Women are more likely to develop the condition. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, pre-menstruation or menopause may be a factor because female hormones tend to relax vein walls. Hormone treatments, such as birth control pills, may increase your risk of varicose veins.
During pregnancy, the volume of blood in your body increases. This change supports the growing fetus, but also can produce an unfortunate side effect — enlarged veins in your legs. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also play a role.
If other family members had varicose veins, there’s a greater chance you will too.
Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins.
Standing or sitting for long periods of time. Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods.