Your legs consist of a network of veins, which contain valves that open and close to help carry your blood back to the heart – mostly “uphill.” Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. Symptoms include pain, swelling, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, and varicose veins.
Varicose veins can develop due to pregnancy, obesity, age, family history, or simply standing or sitting for long periods.
In the past, treatments for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency involved surgery. Now, essentially all patients can be treated with minimally invasive procedures performed in a physician’s office.
More than cosmetic, venous insufficiency is often a medical condition that warrants treatment. Large varicose veins typically cause pain and swelling. And, as the severity of the disease progresses and veins are left untreated, they can lead to medical conditions such as superficial phlebitis (blood clots in the varicose veins), and ulcers in the lower leg and ankle.
- Venous radiofrequency or laser ablation (VNUS Closure or EVLT)
- Uses heat generated using radio-frequency or laser energy. The heat is delivered through a catheter, which then destroys the lining of the vein. As a result, the collagen found in the vein shrinks, causing the vein to close.
- The ClariVein Procedure involves entering the varicose vein with a catheter-like device. Then, instead of using heat, the procedure uses a small rotating wire to injure the lining (inside) of the vein, causing that vein to collapse. A sclerosant medication is also delivered at the same time to assist in collapsing the vein and sealing it shut.
- The VenaSeal™ system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to seal—or close—the diseased vein, rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins, which provides symptom relief.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- There are many new and sophisticated varicose vein treatments that use an IV catheter to enter the varicose vein and abolish it. This allows nearby veins to handle the blood once carried by the troublesome vein. Microphlebectomy is a traditional, but extremely effective, procedure in which one or more micro-punctures are made and the varicose vein is extracted.
- Wound Care
- Venous Stents
- Lytic Therapy for DVT
- Vena Cava Filters