• January 18, 2022

A 17-Year-Old College Student with Advanced Stage Varicose Veins Successfully Treated at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road

Around 100 cases of very young age in the age group 18-25 have been treated for varicose veins, since last few years, says Dr. Himanshu Shah

Mumbai: Varicose veins are commonly seen even in younger patients. A team headed by Dr. Himanshu Shah, Chief Senior Varicose Vein Consultant, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road successfully treated a 16-year-old college boy with Advanced Stage Varicose Veins by performing minimally invasive laser surgery. The patient was 17 years old discharged the next day and has resumed his daily routine.

Varshil Shah, a college student from Santacruz was jolted out of his normal life due to leg pain, fatigue, and leg cramps for two consecutive months. This made it difficult for him to attend his online classes as sitting or standing for long hours wasn’t possible. Moreover, he was also unable to do his real-world activities with ease. The patient and his family members were worried and constantly looked for solutions. However, the patient approached Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road wherein he could stand on his feet again.

Dr. Himanshu Shah, Chief Senior Varicose Vein Consultant, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, highlighted, “On arrival, a simple Color Doppler ultrasound test confirmed that the patient suffered from advance stage varicose veins 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 jumping or running and obesity. It is a commonly occurring problem in children and I have successfully treated around 100 cases of very young age in the age group 18-25, since last few years. This patient required minimally invasive laser surgery as early as possible for the Varicose veins.

Dr. Himanshu Shah added, “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-half hours and the patient was shifted to the normal ward. And was discharged the next day.

The patient is recommended to take precautions like exercising every day to prevent the appearance of new varicose veins. Walking 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.

“My life was disrupted and I couldn’t concentrate on my studies owing to the unbearable leg pain. I would just lay down on my bed the entire day. After undergoing the laser surgery, I have resumed my daily routine, started exercising, and avoid sitting or standing for a longer time. My family and I are happy with the prompt treatment offered by the doctors and thank them for their cooperation and support. I also go for regular follow-ups to make sure that the veins do not appear again,” concluded the patient Varshil Shah.

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