Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins that appear on the legs. Any of your superficial leg veins can become varicose veins. Varicose veins are found only in the legs because our upright posture builds up pressure in the leg veins. 

Spider veins are a mild variation of varicose veins. For most people, varicose veins and spider veins are a cosmetic concern but in some they cause pain and discomfort. Left untreated, these varicose veins can lead to serious problems such as leg vein blockages and non-healing wounds on the legs in the future.

Your doctor may suggest treatment for varicose veins if your veins are sore, irritated, red or swollen, and inflamed. Some people also do it for cosmetic purposes since they may not like the way the vein looks. Two procedures that are used to treat varicose veins are Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) and Cryo Laser and Cryo Sclerotherapy (CLACS).

What is Endovenous Laser Treatment?

Endovenous Laser Treatment is a procedure that uses heat from a laser to reduce the swelling of varicose veins. A laser sends thin beams of radiation in the form of light. It shrinks, closes, and seals off the varicose veins. The blood flows to the other veins instead. 

What are the risks of this treatment?

Theoretically speaking, the treatment is associated with the following complications – 

  • Mild post procedure pain/bruising
  • Nerve damage 
  • Skin burns
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis 

However, in expert hands, such complications are rarely seen.

What is Cryo Laser and Cryo Sclerotherapy (CLACS)?

CLACS stands for Cryo Laser and Cryo Sclerotherapy. It is a state of the art treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins. There are four essential elements in this treatment :

  • Vigorous cooling of the skin to reduce discomfort from laser and injection
  • The use of augmented reality to visualize feeder veins so that they can be treated.
  • The application of a transdermal laser to the feeder veins and spider veins.
  • Injection of the feeder veins and spider veins with a chemical sclerosant (sclerotherapy).

What are the risks of this treatment?

CLACS is an extremely safe, painless procedure that can be done on an OPD basis. The only risk associated is hyperpigmentation over the treated area which too is far less as compared to the traditional sclerotherapy treatment.

Surekha Varicose Veins Clinic is the first center in India to offer the CLACS procedure in India. The technique was pioneered by Prof. Dr. Kasuo Miyake of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1999. Over the years, CLACS has been used to treat thousands of patients with extremely good and long-lasting results. Available in 

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