Our legs are comprised of a network of veins that contain large(or deep) veins and increasingly smaller (superficial) veins. Oxygenated blood is constantly being pumped from the heart to the rest of our body through arteries. Our veins play the prime role of carrying the deoxygenated blood back to the heart. In healthy veins, there are valves (called perforator veins) that open and close to assist the return of blood to the heart. In the case of vein disease or venous insufficiency, these valves become damaged and allow blood to flow backwards in the wrong direction, stretching the vein and causing it to swell and engorge with blood.
When blood cannot be returned because of these leaky and damaged valves, it pools and collect in the lower leg or ankle. This results in leg heaviness, fatigue, cramping, swelling, itching, burning, varicose veins, spider veins, stasis dermatitis, and other major skin changes. Certain lifestyle habits and even genetic inheritance factors put these damaged valves at risk of undergoing tremendous pressure. If left untreated, this can cause additional valve failure, ulcers, and other serious problems.
Our doctors recognize that there is lot of information out there with regards to the treatment of varicose veins, and that sometimes this information can be confusing. However, there are safe, effective, and non-invasive or minimally invasive options to treat varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.
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Vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is a chronic condition in which the veins in the legs do not properly function in transporting blood to the heart. Gravity naturally tries to force blood in the legs downward. Venous valves work against gravity by moving blood upward. When these venous valves malfunction and do not seal properly, vein disease is present. Chronic venous insufficiency is characterized by blood pooling in the valves resulting in varicosities where the veins bulge and twist. This incorrect direction of blood flow and dilation of major veins can cause formation of spider veins, larger reticular veins, or raised, corded varicose veins.
Many people with vein disease experience painful symptoms. These symptoms may include a dull ache or feeling of heaviness, leg cramps, tingling and itching sensations, pain from standing, leg swelling, as well as changes in skin color. In severe cases, and especially when chronic vein insufficiency is left untreated, ulcers may appear on the skin.
Risk factors associated with venous insufficiency include obesity, standing or sitting for long periods of time, a sedentary lifestyle, heredity, and pregnancy. Women are more prone to vein issues due to the hormone progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone in charge of preparing the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus.
Ultrasound mapping is used to diagnose vein disease. We measure the size and diameter of the veins. We also check the flow of blood in the veins, ideally searching for blood flowing from the feet to the heart. In cases of venous insufficiency, reflux is present where blood flows in the wrong direction and pools. We also check for blood clots in the legs.
Is it important to have vein disease treated?
Yes. Although it is not life threatening, it is best to treat the problem right away. Venous insufficiency may get worse and progress into a larger issue with time.
If left untreated, venous insufficiency can cause discomfort and have serious consequences including slow healing on lower extremities, ulcers on the skin, and blood clots.
Compression stockings, Sclerotherapy, Venous Ablations, Phlebectomy, Vein stripping, and Laser. Compression stockings are worn to help alleviate painful symptoms, swelling, and improve circulation. Sclerotherapy uses medication to cause spider veins to shrink. Venous ablations are minimally invasive and use heat to close off the veins and improve physical symptoms. During a Phlebectomy a small incision is made to remove varicose veins and superficial leg veins. Vein stripping is a surgical technique used to eliminate varicose veins. Laser treatment uses heat to target the vein walls causing them to constrict and close.
Yes! The majority of insurances are accepted.
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“The staff was caring and supportive. The doctors were attentive and professional. They expertly treated my varicose veins and I feel like I was given a new beautiful legs! My pain and tiredness is completely gone.”Eva P
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