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Varicose Veins Treatments to Consider for People Over 60+

by | May 19, 2024

Discover effective varicose vein treatments for seniors aged 60+. While they may seem like a cosmetic issue, varicose veins pose serious health risks by constricting blood flow, making it crucial for seniors to seek advanced, safe treatment options to maintain vascular health and an active lifestyle.

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Should Seniors Treat Their Varicose Veins?

At first sight some people might think that they don’t need to do anything about their issue with varicose veins. They see them and understand that they might not be the most attractive thing to look at, but they don’t necessarily understand the health risks. The truth is, seniors should jump at the opportunity to treat their varicose veins because they can cause a constriction of blood flow throughout the body. You might think it is manageable on its own and treatment might not be necessary. However, those  experiencing pain, heaviness, and cramping of varicose veins over a longer period, should consider treating their varicose veins as it can lead to severe complications the more you delay. 

 

When You Should Treat Varicose Veins

The sooner that you treat varicose veins, the better. If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms associated with varicose veins, then it is certainly time to get this treated:

These symptoms and others are all signs that you need to take action to receive treatment for varicose veins.

 

Benefits of Having Varicose Veins Treated Over 60+

There are many benefits to treating varicose veins, and those benefits are particularly obvious when you are 60+ years old in age. When this is the case, you might notice that you are able to sleep better than you otherwise could have.

In addition to that, you might also experience less discomfort and a great sense of bloodflow. This is critical to essential functions of the body such as your heart’s ability to pump blood effectively to where it needs to go.

In addition to this, it is also possible to get rid of the sight of varicose veins on your body which can be embarrassing or undesired. It is fair to say that many people would rather not have to deal with the way that varicose veins look on them, and that alone is a good enough reason to seek treatments for varicose veins.

Many seniors may feel they are too old for varicose vein treatment. The good news is with today’s minimally invasive surgical options, treatment at any age is possible. 

 

Varicose Veins Treatment Options in Singapore

Everyone who is undergoing a medical procedure deserves to know about the various options that are available to them. If you are considering varicose vein treatments for yourself or a loved one, know that minimally invasive options are the best options for anyone, particularly those aged 60 years or older.

A few minimally invasive options include the following:

      • Laserendovenous Treatment – Lasers are used to generate heat around the varicose veins to close them off. It is similar to radiofrequency ablation treatments and can help you to seal off the varicose veins in your body without having to deal with an invasive surgery. Read more about ClosureFast (radiofrequency ablation) on our blog post
      • Cryolaser and Cryosclerotherapy – A special tool is used to create a numbness on the area of skin where the varicose veins are located in the body. Then, the varicose veins are treated with a chemical that helps close them off and ultimately helps make them go away.
      • Sclerotherapy – It involves injecting a concentrated saline solution (chemical) directly into the varicose or spider vein using a needle, causing its walls to stick together. Once the walls shut, blood flow stops to the damaged vein and flows to the healthy veins. The vein then scars and disappears after some weeks. Read more about sclerotherapy on our blog post.

On top of medical interventions, it is also possible to make some lifestyle changes that can help you rid yourself of varicose veins as well. For example, you should consider getting out and exercising on a more regular basis. Carrying extra weight can make it challenging for you to get rid of the varicose veins that have cropped up.

 

Reasons Seniors Should Think About Treatment

There are a lot of things that can potentially negatively impact your health. Varicose veins might not seem like they fall into that category at first, but they do. They are a serious health issue with a variety of treatment options. The sooner that you take care of them, the less of a risk that they pose to you overall.

If you are looking for the best way to take care of your varicose veins as a senior, contact us to arrange a consultation with our varicose veins specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, about your options today for a personalized treatment. He will help you determine which options work best for you, and we will gladly guide you through it all.

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.