To help the blood make the steep climb up to the limbs, the veins need to work properly & efficiently to get the blood to the heart. Sometimes the veins do not function properly which can be related to the pressure, obesity, heredity, valve deficiency and other causes. When this happens, blood can pool in the veins which puts pressure on the walls of the veins. This is known as venous insufficiency or venous disease.
What are the symptoms of venous insufficiency?
If left untreated, venous insufficiency can lead to severe pain, varicose veins, ulcers, swelling, and open wounds. These ulcers can be difficult to heal, and are prone to infection. Symptoms include:
- Swelling in lower legs and ankles—particularly after prolonged standing
- Aching or tiredness in legs—characterized by tightness in the calves or itchiness
- Varicose veins—especially new ones near the calves and ankles
- Flaking skin—Can be extremely itchy near the feet
Like many conditions, venous insufficiency is easier to treat when it’s diagnosed early. That’s why it is important to make a consultation at American Endovascular if you or someone you know is suffering from any of the above symptoms.
The American Endovascular team can effectively diagnose and treat venous insufficiency with minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques to help get you back on your feet again.
What are the causes of venous insufficiency?
There are many reasons why the leg veins can break down. It could be a result of age, reduced mobility, or even extended sitting. It is quite common. It tends to affect people above the age of 50, and more often women. Other factors include:
- Family history of venous insufficiency
- Damaged leg due to an injury, or previous blood clots
- High blood pressure
- Prolonged periods of sitting or standing
- Lack of exercise
- Phlebitis (inflamed vein close to the skin)
Conditions We Treat
Why choose American Endovascular to treat venous insufficiency
Venous insufficiency will not go away on its own, and the disease can become more dangerous as it progresses. If you or someone you know is suffering from symptoms of venous insufficiency, it is essential that you schedule a consultation at American Endovascular. Our team can diagnose and treat venous insufficiency with a variety of minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques that can successfully minimize or eliminate the condition. Prior to treatment, a thorough physician exam, history, and duplex ultrasound is necessary.
Treatment options include:
- Endovenous Thermal Ablation: This cutting-edge technique helps minimize the effects of venous insufficiency via high-frequency radio waves or a laser. Both work by heating up the vein and eliminating the bad veins, with minimal bleeding or bruising. As a result, less blood pools in the leg, while dramatically improving blood flow by reducing the bulging varicose veins. As a result, less blood pools in the leg, dramatically improving blood flow while reducing the bulging veins common with venous insufficiency.
- Mini Phlebectomy: Minimally invasive specialized tool to remove abnormal bulging veins (varicose veins) with a tiny incision so small that it does not even need a suture.
- Image Guided Sclerotherapy: Ultrasound &/or fluoroscopic guided sclerotherapy can also be utilized for more complex venous insufficiency channels that may be very deep and/or portuous requiring this adjunctive sophisticated technique.
- Stenting Abnormal Deep Veins: In more advanced venous insufficiency, the main problem may be a very narrowed or occluded vein from a prior occlusive event such as blood clot, thrombis, a prior trauma, or an active compressive effect such as portuous artery (May-Thurner Syndrome). In these cases, the vein will be re-opened with a variety of techniques ultimately requiring a stent to re-establish the normal framework of the vein wall.
You don’t need to live with the uncomfortable and unsightly effects of venous insufficiency. The American Endovascular team is well-versed in the latest procedures and treatment options for venous insufficiency and ready to help you feel and look your best. Schedule a consultation today.