Doctors at Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital have given a new life to a 17-year-old boy who had advanced stage varicose veins. He had aching pain, fatigue, leg cramps and discomfort indicating an underlying circulatory problem.
The doctors performed minimally invasive laser surgery upon him that improved his condition. The patient, Varshil Shah, recovered well and was discharged after surgery.
Varicose veins made life difficult for Shah. He could not even attend his online classes as sitting or standing for long hours was not possible for him.
Dr. Himanshu Shah, Chief Senior Varicose Vein Consultant, Wockhardt Hospital, said, “On arrival, a simple color doppler ultrasound test confirmed that the patient suffered from advanced stage varicose veins in both legs.
Varicose veins can be described as painful, swollen, twisted, and bulging veins that are blue and dark purple in color under the skin. The causes in children can be hereditary, doing activities like jumping or running, and obesity.
“It is a commonly occurring problem in children and I have successfully treated around 100 cases in the age group of 18-25 years in the last few years. This patient required minimally invasive laser surgery as early as possible for the varicose veins,” said Dr Shah.
He further said, “In this patient’s case, there were many additional (varicose) veins parallel to the normal structure of veins. This involves applying heat from a laser to fade away the appearance of varicose veins. This procedure tends to shrink and close the varicose veins to allow the blood to easily flow to the other veins that are present nearby.”
“The leakage of the veins has to be treated by laser surgery. After successfully performing the surgery for one-and-a-half hours, the patient was shifted to the normal ward and was discharged the next day,” said Dr Shah.
The patient has been advised to take precautions like exercising every day to prevent the appearance of new varicose veins. He has been advised for walking that will ensure sufficient blood supply to the legs and prevent varicose veins. Maintaining an optimum weight, avoiding standing or sitting for a longer time, wearing compression stalking, and a controlled diet for overweight will prevent varicose veins.