Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of venous disease. This condition is the result of faulty valves in the veins and is called Venous Insufficiency. In a healthy vein, there are one way valves that allow the blood to move toward the heart, but not away. In a diseased vein, these valves do not work properly, allowing the blood to fall downward in between heartbeats. This back and forth motion of blood leads to an increased venous blood pressure resulting in inflammation of the tissues around the vein. This inflammation can cause leg pain, swelling, bulging varicose veins, heaviness, restlessness, cramps, skin discoloration, numbness, tingling, ulcers, Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots. Left untreated, this condition only worsens over time.
Spider veins are a result of dilated venous capillaries that fill with blood and become visible. These are not considered harmful and are often treated for cosmetic reasons. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the spider vein, which causes the vein wall to seal shut, therefore stopping the blood flow. The vein will turn to scar tissue and fade away over a period of weeks.
Heredity is the number one risk factor for venous disease. If your parents had varicose veins, you have an 89% chance of developing them. Next to heredity is gender. Women, especially those that have had multiple pregnancies, are three times more likely than men to develop venous disorders. Additionally, professions that require long periods of sitting or standing, increase one’s risk for venous disease. Age is also a risk factor. While older people are at a higher risk for venous disease, it can start as early as childhood.
The treatment for this disorder is called endovenous thermal ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein by way of a small (1-2 mm) incision. Heat is applied to the vein walls causing it to close. Your body then naturally re-routes the blood through other healthy veins. The procedure is done under local anesthetic and is covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare. Patients walk out of the vein center and return to their normal activities the same day.
Do leg pain and other symptoms affect your everyday life?
The underlying issue could be venous disease, which can cause:
- Aching or Burning
- Restless legs
- Leg swelling
- Varicose veins
- Skin changes
It is estimated that 25% of women and 15% of men suffer from venous disease. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, call us today to schedule your appointment for a FREE VEIN SCREENING
Call (864) 442-8000
to Schedule Your Free Vein Screening
Treatment options are covered by most commercial insurance carriers including Medicare.
Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Baptist Easley Hospital
200 Fleetwood Drive
Easley, SC 29640
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be at risk for venous disease, and it is recommended that you consult a physician.
- Do you have bulging varicose veins?
- Do you experience any of the following?
- Leg pain or swelling
- Burning or itching skin
- Heavy, tired, or restless legs
- Skin discolorations
- Open ulcers on legs
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Leg cramps
- Blood Clots
- Have any family members had varicose veins or been treated for vein disorders?
- Do you sit or stand for long periods of time?
- Have you had multiple pregnancies?
*This self-assessment is not a substitute for medical advice and care from your physician. Please see your physician if you have leg pain, numbness or discomfort
To schedule your consultation, please call (864) 442-8000