Varicose veins are typically found on the legs. The term refers to veins that are diseased as they have become enlarged and tortuous. Affected veins become bluish or purple in colour.
Varicose veins is a disease of civilization
This condition affects 70% of all men and 50% of all women. Occurrence rate grows with age. It is linked to heredity as it is basically a hereditary dysfunction of collagen that forms the structure of veins. Veins have leaflet valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards. When veins are varicose, they work improperly causing blood clotting and increased vein pressure. Varicose veins lead to leg swelling and further enlargement of veins.
It is a mission impossible as varicose veins are genetically predisposed. As soon as first symptoms like aching or sore legs occur the treatment should commence. Varicose veins are a major aesthetics issue but they may also cause more serious condition, for instance: lymphatic insufficiency, vein insufficiency, skin disease and ankle ulcers. A timely treatment will ensure the best effect.
Varicose veins treatment
Only active surgical treatment is efficient as medication and wearing compress stockings can only control the symptoms to an extent. Current surgical treatments can be divided into two main types:
1. Classic open surgery-vein stripping. It involves making an incision upon the desired area (usually a groin) followed by insertion of a special wire into the vein. The vein is pulled out from the body. Smaller enlarged veins are removed through a special knife or hook for varices. This is an invasive surgery with complications like bruises, bleeding, scars, post-operation pain and longer recovery time.
2. Radio frequency ablation. This is procedure where under ultrasound guidance, a radiofrequency catheter is inserted into the abnormal vein which is treated with radio-energy emitted from the catheter resulting in closure of the involved vein. Branch varicose veins are later treated with CHIVA-mini-phlebectomy. It is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional stripping operation whose advantages can be seen clearly: high efficiency and safety, great aesthetics effects, less post-op pain and discomfort and shorter recovery time.
Our surgery team
Our specialists for varicose veins:
MUDr. Stanislav Jíška.
He is a vascular surgeon specializing in varicose veins, CHIVA procedure and mini-phlebectomy with excellent cosmetic effect. Ultrasound scan. Complex range of arterial surgeries.
MUDr. Tomáš Lutonský
He is a vascular surgeon specializing in varicose veins, CHIVA procedure and mini-phlebectomy with excellent cosmetic effect. Colour duplex ultrasound scan.
MUDr. Oldřich Fiala
Wide range of therapies in surgery and traumatology, surgeries under local and general anaesthesia. Short waiting times.
Doc. MUDr. Theodor Suchý, Dr.Sc
One of most versatile Czech surgeons.
MUDr. Karel Beneš
He is a vascular surgeon specializing in varicose veins, CHIVA procedure and mini-phlebectomy with excellent cosmetic effect.