Friday, November 13, 2009
Do not ignore enlarged, tortuous varicose veins, get treated
Painless, scar less, non-invasive surgery for varicose veins
Varicose veins treatment in just one hour
Jalandhar, September 23. Enlarged and tortuous veins should not be neglected as just any other pain. Such veins, known as varicose veins, need to be treated as early as possible to avoid further complexity.
While addressing media persons today, Dr Ravul Jindal, vascular surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mohali said that varicose veins can occur in any part of the body, but are mostly found on thighs and calves, due to strenuous and long hours of continuous standing.
“Varicose veins are often painful and itch. Scratching them could cause ulcers. Thankfully complications are rare, but at the same time the disease can be debilitating,” added Dr Jindal.
The ailment is usually characterized by aching and heavy legs, ankle swelling, dilated bluish bulge under the skin, redness, dryness and itchiness of skin. In some people skin above ankle may shrink because fat underneath skin becomes hard. The symptoms also include whitened, irregular scar-like patches which can appear at the ankles or patient can have chronic non-healing ulcers.
Dr Jindal said that the disease marks indication of a malfunction of venous system and should be evaluated by vascular surgery specialist. “If disease is not properly evaluated and operated by an inexperienced surgeon, chances of reoccurrence of varicose vein get higher,” he cautioned.
Conventional surgery for treatment requires hospitalization, 2 to 3 weeks’ recovery time and leaves behind trail of multiple cuts that are not appealing in cosmetic appearance.
He said that the latest laser treatment has come as a boon for the patients suffering from it. Just an hour’s procedure, the laser treatment is less painful and ensures early recovery. Also the patient need not take repeated medications during treatment.
The technology is available at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Department of vascular surgery treats these veins with modern modality of lasers regularly and known as for the first time in the area.
Laser procedure involves puncture of vein under ultrasound guidance and burning it using diode laser. This technique is combined with foam sclerotherapy to ablate small veins. It is safe and painless. Patients can return home on same day as compared to conventional surgery where they are hospitalized.
Laser procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is scar less. There are no cuts or stitches. As it causes minimal damage to tissues its especially useful in patients who are on blood thinners, obese, groin infection, old age or patients who are scared of surgery. Patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours except of vigorous exercise. Overall cost of laser treatment costs less than conventional method.