Venous insufficiency is estimated to affect 2-5% of all Americans, but there’s one sure sign that you’re at risk for developing the problem: Varicose veins. Hampton Vein & Vascular expertly diagnoses and treats venous insufficiency, a potentially serious problem that often flies under the radar of physicians who don’t specialize in veins. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, office location.
Venous insufficiency develops when leg circulation slows down because valves in your veins weaken. Normally, these one-way valves allow blood to flow up your leg, then close to prevent it from going back down. When the vales dysfunction, blood backs up and accumulates in the vein.
Valves can fail from age-related weakening or as a result of high venous pressure that develops due to a blood clot, spending too much time sitting, and when you’re immobile for an extended time. Lack of exercise and being overweight also increases your risk of venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency causes increased pressure in the veins. As a result, you may develop symptoms such as:
Venous stasis ulcers are a serious complication of untreated venous insufficiency.
High venous pressure leads to changes in the skin in your lower legs. The skin hardens or thickens, and inflammation develops beneath the skin. Ulcers usually form in the area where your skin changes.
The pressure makes small blood vessels rupture and leak fluid, gradually breaking down your skin and causing a shallow, painful ulcer where the skin erodes. These wounds don’t heal easily, so they gradually get larger and more painful.
Treatment for venous insufficiency includes compression stockings to improve blood flow and wound care if you have a venous stasis ulcer. Hampton Vein & Vascular also treats the underlying condition, which may include removing blood clots and eliminating varicose veins.
Hampton Vein & Vascular offers several effective procedures for permanently removing varicose veins. Your provider may recommend liquid or foam sclerotherapy, which are injections of a medication that collapse the vein, or minimally invasive ambulatory phlebectomy.
Radiofrequency ablation using the Venefit™ procedure is another option for treating varicose veins. During this procedure, your provider inserts a slender radiofrequency catheter into the vein. As they slowly move the catheter through the vein, pulses of radiofrequency energy make the vein collapse and seal shut.
In all types of varicose vein treatments, the veins permanently disappear as your body gradually absorbs the damaged tissues. Normal blood flow is re-established as it is rerouted through another healthy vein.
To receive expert care for venous insufficiency, call Hampton Vein & Vascular or schedule an appointment online.