Tired legs, bulging veins, ulcers and a burning sensation are just some of the symptoms associated with varicose veins, a condition that affects one in every two people not so related to there age. Many people believe that it is only an aesthetic issue when, in reality, it is a chronic disease that affects a growing number of people in the UAE each year and it has a direct negative effect in peoples quality of life.
Varicose veins and spider veins, are the same thing but different size, one resemble large worm shape structure or green/ purple network of veins or spider webs, they are the result of weak or damaged valves in the veins. The valves become damaged when they do not open to allow blood to leave the veins causing the blood to back up and the veins swell.
Varicose veins and spider veins cause aching pain and discomfort that can progressively worsen. If left untreated they can cause various complications such as venous ulcers (sores) and chronic venous insufficiency, when the veins of the legs are unable to pump the required volume of blood back to the heart.
Pregnant women may also develop varicose veins because pregnancy increases the volume of blood in a woman’s body and also growing fetus compresses the vein along its tract causing increase pressure on the leg veins, all of this factors can cause a irreversible damage to vein walls, varicose veins might reduce after every delivery causing the person to believe that she is queried but the irreversible damage will remain and by every next pregnancy it will reappear more instance.
Dr. Ashkan, Specialist Vascular Surgeon at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai says, “It is not uncommon to have varicose and spider veins in one leg but they are quite different. Spider veins for example are small, thin read or purple blood vessels that can be seen under the skin, whereas varicose veins are stretched-out veins where blood vessel has pooled. While the majority of patients treated for varicose veins are women, men also suffer from venous diseases, even if they’re less likely to seek treatment. However, such factors as heredity, pregnancy, long standing profession and obesity can also contribute.”
When person has this signs and symptoms they must attend a specialist to examine there veins by a complete Ultrasound study and to eliminate the involvement of large veins in the disease, and if so to treat the problem from its roots, to avid any further complication from venous insufficiency.
But after all the visual part of the condition is also as important as the medical one since having varicose veins on the leg causes a continues discomfort to people no mater of there sex or race, there a new technique called ClaCS (Cryo laser and Cryo Sclerotherapy) promises to end these
dilated veins and is now being offered exclusively at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery’s Vascular Surgery department – the first of its kind in the Middle East.
ClaCS is the new ally in the fight against varicose veins and spider veins that combines laser, sclerotherapy and cold air jets into the skin using sophisticated state of the art devices.
Treatment with ClaCS begins with applying a device that projects a clear picture of the underlying veins and its sophisticated network on the skin, giving us a very clearer picture of the inside veins structure of the skin to determine the target which are the feeder veins, then comes skin cooling to a temperature of up to -20 °C, which helps to lessen pain at the site of application. Then our specialist uses a laser that emits pulses of light passing through the superficial layers of the skin and reach the blood vessels, followed by injection of some medication in the same area causing the offending veins to close, harden and disintegrate without damaging the skin tissue.
The minimally invasive treatment does not require anesthesia and is relatively quick compared with other treatments.
“The big advantage is that patient don’t require long use of bandage or supporting stocking as other previously know cosmetic treatments. ClaCS delivers quick and effective results and is relatively painless. But it is by no means a complete solution to varicose veins,” explains Dr. Ashkan. “The overarching aim is to eliminate varicose veins, but the risk of recurrence depends on the patient’s heredity and way of life. The risk increases if the patient does not take various health precautions, such as exercising regularly, refraining from smoking and monitoring their weight.”