Are you suffering from unsightly varicose veins, leg pain or fatigue spider veins or leg ulcers? If so you’re not alone. You may be one of 25 million Americans suffering from venous reflux or venous insufficiency disease. Venous insufficiency disease is the major underlying cause for most varicose veins and develops when the valves that keep blood flowing back to the heart become damaged or diseased. Damaged valves are unable to close properly and cause blood to pool in your legs.
Many factors contribute to venous insufficiency disease, including age and gender. People with a family history of venous insufficiency are more likely to develop varicose veins as are women who had multiple pregnancies or those who stand for prolonged periods of time. Superficial venous insufficiency disease can be progressive and if left untreated may worsen over time. Patients who suffer from venous insufficiency may show signs of varicose veins, restless legs, leg heaviness and fatigue, leg or ankle swelling leg pain, skin changes and skin ulcers.
Traditionally, patients diagnosed with venous reflux would undergo a painful procedure called vein stripping to surgically remove veins from the leg. At USA Vein Clinics we perform a minimally-invasive procedure called endovenous laser therapy, that means closing of vein from within. The closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is covered by insurance for patients with venous reflux. It’s important for you to follow all the instructions which includes walking, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing and refrain from strenuous activities after the procedure. Patients are able to get up off the table and walk after the procedure and return to normal daily activities the same day.