Varicose vein are abnormally enlarged great saphenous vein, prominent perforators and varicosed side branches usually seen in the thigh and leg.
Symptoms: – 1. Unattractive leg 2.Pain 3.Swelling 4.Leg aches. 5.Feeling of heaviness. 6.Fatigue of the legs. 7.Dry skin and pigmentation. 8.Symptoms become worse after prolonged standing. 9.Itching. 10.Venous Ulcer.
Varicose vein diagnosed by a simple physical examination and ultrasound color doppler study.
A. Conservative Treatment: – Elevating of your legs and compression stockings.
B. Sclerotherapy: – This is only for short segment disease.
C. Vein Stripping Surgery: – The recurrence rate is too high and it leaves ugly scars. It needs 2-3 weeks for recovery.
D. Laser treatment
E. Latest Non-Surgical Treatment for Varicose Veins – Microwave / Radio-frequency Ablation
Microwave / Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is the latest and most effective, patient friendly and non-surgical treatment for varicose vein.
The interventional radiologist accesses the abnormal saphenous vein just above ankle or below the knee percutaneously through a small cannula in abnormal vein. Ablation uses a thin, flexible tube called a catheter with tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter, which heat the walls of the varicose vein, and collapses the thick veins.
Advantages of Microwave / Radiofrequency ablation like: –
• It is less risky as compared to surgery.
• No surgical scar on skin.
• Procedure done under short anesthesia.
• It need one night hospital stay.
• Patients can resume normal activities within a day.
• The success rate is about 98%.
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Dr. Pradeep Muley
Senior Interventional Radiologist
Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj