Interventional Radiology is a sub specialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes (for example, Angiography), while others are done for treatment purposes
Varicose veins is a frequently occurring condition with up to 10-15 % of the women and men getting affected with symptoms of pain and swelling of the lower limbs, enlarged blue or purple veins on the thigh or calf.
Varicose veins are veins with damage in the return pump valve. Standing for a long period does not cause varicose veins per se, but hastens the deterioration of malfunctioning valves and thus the development of varicose veins.
Naturally, if the valves are not working properly then the effect will be varicosities and their accompanying problems like leg aching, eczema, lipodermatosclerosis, cellulitis, thrombosis or venous ulcer.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, avoid prolong standing and high heels and good nutritional supplements.
Accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of varicose veins can ensure that most of them do not return. As the symptoms are unacceptable or unbearable for may people, even if the results of the treatment are not all time permanent, it is still preferable t
Graduated elastic compression stockings are good for temporary relief of symptoms and are used below knee with pressure between 23-32 mmHg.
Foam Sclerotherapy is an injection of a sclerosing solution into veins and mainly used to treat localized varicosities and patients get very good result. Laser or Radiofrequency treatment involves puncture of the vein under ultrasound guidance and burning the vein with the use of RF / laser probe.
Procedure normally takes around 20 minutes for one leg and around 1 hour for both legs.
It is performed under local anesthesia.
The patient can return home the same day of procedure & patients can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
You will have little pain during the procedure equivalent to bee sting. There will be 3-4 small needle pricks to introduce anesthesia and most of the patients can tolerate it very well. You will have some bruise on thigh which will disappear after 6-8 days.
Couple of pain killers for 3-5 days.