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Laser for varicose veins

Enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet. The cause of this condition is not known. For many people, there are no symptoms and Varicose Veins are simply a cosmetic concern. In some cases, they cause aching pain and discomfort or signal an underlying circulatory problem.

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Symptoms

Varicose veins might not cause pain. Signs of varicose veins include:

  • Veins that are dark purple or blue

  • Veins that appear twisted and bulging, often appearing like cords on the legs

 

When painful signs and symptoms of varicose veins occur, they might include:

  • An achy or heavy feeling in the legs

  • Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, and swelling in the lower legs

  • Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time

  • Itching around one or more of the veins

  • Changes in skin color around a varicose vein

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they're smaller. Spider veins are found closer to the skin's surface and are often red or blue.

Spider veins occur on the legs but can also be found on the face. They vary in size and often look like a spider's web

Causes

Weak or damaged valves can lead to varicose veins. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Veins return blood from the rest of the body to the heart. To return blood to the heart, the veins in the legs must work against gravity.

Muscle contractions in the lower legs act as pumps, and elastic vein walls help blood return to the heart. Tiny valves in the veins open as blood flow toward the heart, then close to stop blood from flowing backward. If these valves are weak or damaged, blood can flow backward and pool in the veins, causing the veins to stretch or twist.

Risk factors

The following can increase the risk of developing varicose veins:

  • Age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in the veins that help control blood flow. Eventually, that wear causes the valves to allow some blood to flow back into the veins, where it collects.

  • Sex. Women are more likely to develop the condition. Hormonal changes before a menstrual period or during pregnancy or menopause might be a factor because female hormones tend to relax vein walls. Hormone treatments, such as birth control pills, might increase the risk of varicose veins.

  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the blood volume in the body increases. This change supports the growing baby but can also enlarge the veins in the legs.

  • Family history. If other family members had varicose veins, there's a greater chance you will too.

  • Obesity. Being overweight puts added pressure on veins.

  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time. Movement helps blood flow.

Treatment

Laser treatment – Smaller varicose veins and spider veins are being treated with modern laser technology by our doctors. The laser treatment causes the vein to shrink and disintegrate over time by sending intense bursts of light at it. There are no incisions or needles involved in this procedure. Delta hospital is the only facility in Rajahmundry to be equipped with in-house experts in handling varicose veins