What is Venous Insufficiency?
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 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.
Venous Insufficiency Causes
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. The following are other factors that may cause venous insufficiency.
Venous Insufficiency Treatment
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 an appointment at an American Endovascular affiliated center.
Our team can diagnose and treat venous insufficiency with a variety of minimally invasive-image guided techniques that can successfully minimize or eliminate the condition. Prior to treatment, a thorough physician exam, history, and duplex ultrasound is necessary. We offer the following venous insufficiency treatments at American Endovascular.
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, dramatically improving blood flow while reducing the bulging veins common with venous insufficiency.
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.
What to Expect from Venous Insufficiency Treatment
Venous Insufficiency FAQ
Venous insufficiency is most commonly caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Your leg vein is damaged by a blood clot. Those with a history of DVT are at a higher risk of developing chronic venous insufficiency.
In order to treat venous insufficiency, being aware of the symptoms can help you catch it at the earliest possible stage. The early warning signs of venous insufficiency are varicose veins, leg pain, swelling in your lower leg, and changes in your skin, such as discoloration.
Insufficient blood flow to the legs may indicate the presence of a blood clot deep inside, a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolism can occur if pieces of the clot break off and travel to your lungs, which can be fatal and a life-threatening medical emergency.
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