If you have varicose and/or spider veins, our doctors will provide you with the most effective treatments available, including laser ablation. You will receive a personalized consultation to help you find the causes of your vein problems and choose the treatment that is best for you—all in a convenient and comfortable office.
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Understanding Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency is a very common condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.
In healthy veins, there is continuous flow of blood from the limbs back toward the heart. There are valves within the veins of the legs that prevent the backflow of blood. When the forward flow of blood through the veins is impaired, as in the case of a blood clot, venous insufficiency occurs.
Have you been told you have venous insufficiency? If so, you’re not alone.
• Approximately half of the U.S. population has venous disease—50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men. Of these, 20 to 25 percent of the women and 10 to 15 percent of men will have visible varicose veins.
• Varicose veins affect one out of two people age 50 and older, and 15 to 25 percent of all adults.
Symptoms caused by venous insufficiency and varicose veins include leg aching, pain, and heaviness. These symptoms tend to be worse by the end of the day and are relieved by rest and elevating the legs. With advanced venous insufficiency, open wounds may develop. These are called venous stasis ulcers.
People without visible varicose veins can still have symptoms. The symptoms can arise from spider veins as well as from varicose veins, because, in both cases, the symptoms are caused by pressure on nerves by dilated veins.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or have noticed other discomforts you believe are caused from venous insufficiency and/or varicose veins, don’t wait to seek medical attention. We offer several treatment options that will quickly and effectively relieve your symptoms, and have you feeling like yourself again.
We will assess the valves within your leg veins though an ultrasound examination. We then develop a vein map that distinguishes your good vein from the ones with leaky valves. Once we have pinpointed the impaired veins, we can target those veins for treatment.