Varicose Veins and Obesity

by | Jan 2, 2024

Excess weight can contribute to the development of varicose veins, affecting circulation and vein health. Learn about preventive measures, lifestyle changes, and treatment options to alleviate symptoms and promote vascular well-being when it comes to obesity-related venous issues.

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What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins. While they usually occur in the legs, they can occur anywhere in the body even as swollen veins in the scrotum known as varicocele. There are a number of potential causes of varicose veins; however, obesity can increase the risk that you will develop them. With a prevention plan in place, you can often reduce the instance of varicose veins and treat them effectively when they do occur. 


Obesity and Its Connection to Varicose Veins

Obesity can have a significant impact on a patient’s risk of developing varicose veins. Varicose veins develop as a result of pressure on the veins. Increased body weight can increase the pressure, which can raise the risk of developing varicose veins. Pressure from your increased body weight increases the strain on the veins, causing valves within them to fail and furthering the risk of gaining weight. 

Diagnosis for Overweight Patients

For some patients, varicose veins are highly obvious. They can cause swelling or changes in skin texture or appearance, and they are often very visible. Other obese patients, however, may have no obvious symptoms. In many cases, varicose veins are covered by excess body fat in the legs, making them difficult to see. Patients may have symptoms like:

A vascular ultrasound can reveal varicose veins and help doctors decide on the appropriate treatment protocol. Find out more about the six stages of varicose veins.


Treatment for Varicose Veins in Overweight Patients

There are several treatment options that can help minimize varicose veins. While losing excess body weight can help reduce the risk of developing varicose veins in the future, it will not remove varicose veins that have already developed. If you have troublesome varicose veins, your varicose veins specialist and doctor may review these treatment options with you. 

  • Laser Therapy: Laser lights can close off smaller varicose veins, sealing the problem and eliminating further pain.
  • Sclerotherapy: Your doctor will inject a solution into your vein that acts as an irritant. This will cause some swelling and blood coagulation, which will narrow the blood vessel wall and prevent further problems.
  • Cather-Assisted Vein Sealing: With the use of a small catheter, your doctor will collapse and seal the damaged vein.

These minimally invasive procedures are ideal for many patients. They generally require minimal recovery time and can eliminate the pain of varicose veins and get you back on your feet faster, though it may take a few weeks before you see the varicose veins disappear completely. However, some people may require minor surgical procedures, including vein stripping, which removes the damaged vein entirely through the use of small incisions, or a phlebectomy, which removes the vein by making small punctures. 

    Personalized Varicose Veins Treatment Plan

    A personalized varicose vein treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle and activity level can help you select the right option for your needs. A varicose veins specialist will not only look at strategies that can help you manage current varicose veins, including the right treatment strategy for you, they can help you determine how you can best prevent them from worsening or appearing in the future. 

    Prevention of Varicose Veins

    Although anyone can develop varicose veins, some people with certain risk factors are more susceptible to them.  Some risk factors for varicose veins include:

    You can reduce the risk of varicose veins significantly by losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a moderate activity level and eating a healthy diet. You may also want to try strategies like moving around during the day to reduce blood pooling or avoiding tight clothing or high heels, which can raise the risk of developing varicose veins over time. 

    Minimally Invasive Procedures for Varicose Vein Treatment

    Not all patients with varicose veins need open surgery, and there are some minimally invasive procedures to treat this condition. They include:

    • Conservative medical management including compression socks – Compression socks can effectively treat the earlier stages of varicose veins in some cases 
    • Laser endovenous treatment (EVLT) – When undergoing an EVLT, a heated laser is used to close off damaged veins and promote healing. Blood flow is redirected to other veins, as treated veins will no longer be functional.
    • Radiofrequency endovenous ablation (RFA) – This treatment involves the use of energy to cauterize damaged veins, and then scar tissue is formed
    • Venous avulsions – This procedure entails the removal of the damaged veins through tiny incisions.
    • Sclerotherapy – This therapy involves the injection of a special solution into the affected veins, which irritates the blood vessels and encourages healing and improvement in their appearance.

    Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic: The Varicose Veins Specialist for Overweight Patients

    When you have varicose veins, you need a whole-body treatment option that encompasses future prevention as well as current treatment with compassionate care. Contact Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic today to start the path to your personalized treatment plan with our varicose veins specialist in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja. If you’d like to take charge of your varicose veins today while having weight issues, talk to us on how we can help you find relief.

      Lifestyle Changes that Can Help Prevent Varicose Veins

      These lifestyle changes can help even if you have already started getting them to keep them from getting worse or developing at all.

      Am I at Risk of Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, or Deep Vein Thrombosis?

      The appearance of varicose and spider veins on your body is nothing of immediate concern. If there are symptoms associated with them, schedule a visit with your doctor to diagnose and treat varicose veins. Spider veins, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur on individuals with all body types, genders, and ages. The following demographics may have a higher chance of experiencing them.

      • Those who are overweight (therefore, maintain a healthy weight to reduce the pressure)
      • Pregnant women
      • Females
      • Individuals between the ages of 40 and 80
      • Those who are inactive/not exercising (even sitting or standing for long periods)
      • Smoker
      • Frequent flyers
      • Those who have had surgery or leg trauma

      Varicose veins specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, offers comprehensive care for varicose veins patients at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

      Assessment of Varicose Veins

      Clinical examination and ultrasound doppler scan are most important tools in assessment and deciding management of varicose veins. This takes about 15-20 minutes to do and is usually done in the clinic itself.

      Treatment of Varicose Veins

      There are various techniques available to treat varicose veins depending on clinical presentation. These include:

      • Conservative medical management including compression socks
      • Laser endovenous treatment (EVLT)
      • Radio-frequency endovenous ablation (RFA)
      • Clarivein endovenous treatment
      • VenaSeal endovenous closure system
      • Microwave endovenous ablation
      • Open surgery
      • Venous avulsions
      • Sclerotherapy
      • Cryolaser and cryosclerotherapy

      What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Treatments?

      • No major surgery
      • No or minimal visible scars
      • Quick recovery
      • Same day admission and discharge
      • Clinic based treatments

      Learn more about “Spider Veins: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment”. Although they might be a cosmetic concern, they can also lead to serious health issues. You might also be interested to find out more on our blog post, “Deep Vein Thrombosis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment” about the difference between DVT and varicose veins.

      Consult a Vascular Specialist for Your Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

      Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified vascular and varicose veins specialist in Singapore, has extensive experience in the treatment of all vascular interventions and looks after venous diseases like varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins. Come in for a further evaluation and contact us to arrange  your varicose veins appointment today.


      Dr. Manish Taneja performing surgery

      Varicose Veins Resources

      Explore our varicose veins and spider veins resources for patients. Gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins conditions, their underlying causes, symptoms, and complications. Connect with your vascular health.

      Keep Varicose Veins and Spider Veins at Bay

      If your legs feel sore persistently, achy when standing long periods, or maybe you notice blue or purple veins even bulging in the area, chances are these symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins could lead to other serious venous diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), or Leg Swelling due to increased pressure forming larger blood clots over time. Varicose veins are fully treatable with minimally invasive procedures and treatments offering minimal downtime and quick recovery preventing further complications. Long term effects of untreated varicose veins can hinder your daily life and impact your health.

      The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore is here to diagnose and treat varicose veins smoothening patients’ experience to find relief and comfort. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist based in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja looks after a spectrum of venous diseases, peripheral vascular malformations, and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

      Other Health Conditions

      The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our varicose veins specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.