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Nov14
Varicose veins and Varicose Ulcers
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What are varicose veins?
Veins return oxygen-poor blood back to your heart and arteries bring oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
Varicose veins are swollen veins that you can see bulging through your skin. They often look blue and twisted. Left untreated, varicose veins may worsen over time. Varicose veins can cause aching and feelings of fatigue as well as skin changes like rashes, redness, and ulcers.
What are the symptoms?
If you have varicose veins, your legs may feel heavy, tired, restless, or achy. Standing or sitting for too long may worsen your symptoms. You may also experience night cramps.
You may notice small clusters of veins in a winding pattern on your leg, or soft, slightly tender knots of veins. Sometimes, the skin on your legs may change color, become irritated, or even form ulcers.
What causes varicose veins?
High blood pressure inside your superficial leg veins causes varicose veins. Factors that can increase your risk for varicose veins include having a family history of varicose veins, being overweight, not exercising enough, smoking, standing or sitting for long periods of time.
What tests will I need?
Color Doppler ultrasound uses painless, high-frequency ultrasound waves higher than human hearing can detect. Doppler Ultrasound visualises blood flow and to see the structure of your leg veins.
Laser Treatment
Laser is used to treat varicose veins. Doctor will insert a tiny fiber into a varicose vein through a catheter. The fiber sends out laser energy that kills the diseased portion of your varicose vein. The vein closes and your body eventually absorbs it. There will no stitches on your body simple band aid will be used to close the puncture site. You will be required to wear compression stockings for few months.


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