Venous Insufficiency Q & A

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What Is Venous Insufficiency?

Veins that no longer properly carry blood to the heart create a condition called venous insufficiency. The heart oxygenates and recirculates blood but without a proper supply from veins, blood can pool and cause complications.

To address and reverse the effects of venous insufficiency, many require medical treatment.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency presents in different ways and symptoms vary from patient to patient. You may experience only one set of symptoms or a combination of them. These symptoms include: 

  • Varicose veins
  • Excessive swelling of the legs
  • Leg cramps
  • Pain relief upon leg elevation
  • Leg ulcers
  • Heaviness and throbbing in legs and ankles

How Is Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?

Initially your medical professional will discuss your medical history. This includes a discussion of current symptoms and restless leg syndrome.

Next comes the physical exam for visual signs of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins, skin tightening, discoloration, and skin ulcers.

Experienced vein specialists will also employ imaging to properly diagnose venous insufficiency. This imaging includes a venogram which uses intravenous contrast liquid that illuminates blood vessels on X-rays.

A duplex ultrasound helps to identify venous insufficiency through evaluating the speed and path of blood flow. A qualified medical professional will use a device called a transducer which uses sound waves to pinpoint and produce imaging of the affected veins. 

What Are Treatment Options for Venous Insufficiency? 

We recommend partnering with your doctor to identify the best treatment options for your specific concerns around venous insufficiency. This includes a thorough discussion of your medical history and a review of imaging.

Many patients experience relief through leg elevation, compression stockings, uncrossing legs while seated, and more physical activity.

Others have found success with medications such as anticoagulants, diuretics, and other medications that increase efficient blood flow. These medications can often produce undesirable side effects, which leads us to a more effective solution – surgical intervention. 

To address venous insufficiency, patients have many minimally invasive options such as ambulatory phlebectomy for the removal of non-functional vein tissue. For redirecting blood flow to healthy veins, venous insufficiency specialists turn to endoluminal ablation of the saphenous vein to treat patients.

If you believe you may suffer from venous insufficiency, the medical professionals at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center stand ready to assist you on your treatment journey.

 

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What Is Venous Insufficiency?

Veins that no longer properly carry blood to the heart create a condition called venous insufficiency. The heart oxygenates and recirculates blood but without a proper supply from veins, blood can pool and cause complications.

To address and reverse the effects of venous insufficiency, many require medical treatment.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency presents in different ways and symptoms vary from patient to patient. You may experience only one set of symptoms or a combination of them. These symptoms include: 

  • Varicose veins
  • Excessive swelling of the legs
  • Leg cramps
  • Pain relief upon leg elevation
  • Leg ulcers
  • Heaviness and throbbing in legs and ankles

How Is Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?

Initially your medical professional will discuss your medical history. This includes a discussion of current symptoms and restless leg syndrome.

Next comes the physical exam for visual signs of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins, skin tightening, discoloration, and skin ulcers.

Experienced vein specialists will also employ imaging to properly diagnose venous insufficiency. This imaging includes a venogram which uses intravenous contrast liquid that illuminates blood vessels on X-rays.

A duplex ultrasound helps to identify venous insufficiency through evaluating the speed and path of blood flow. A qualified medical professional will use a device called a transducer which uses sound waves to pinpoint and produce imaging of the affected veins. 

What Are Treatment Options for Venous Insufficiency? 

We recommend partnering with your doctor to identify the best treatment options for your specific concerns around venous insufficiency. This includes a thorough discussion of your medical history and a review of imaging.

Many patients experience relief through leg elevation, compression stockings, uncrossing legs while seated, and more physical activity.

Others have found success with medications such as anticoagulants, diuretics, and other medications that increase efficient blood flow. These medications can often produce undesirable side effects, which leads us to a more effective solution – surgical intervention. 

To address venous insufficiency, patients have many minimally invasive options such as ambulatory phlebectomy for the removal of non-functional vein tissue. For redirecting blood flow to healthy veins, venous insufficiency specialists turn to endoluminal ablation of the saphenous vein to treat patients.

If you believe you may suffer from venous insufficiency, the medical professionals at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center stand ready to assist you on your treatment journey.

 

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