Vascular disease can affect you in two ways: It can affect the veins in your legs (called venous reflux disease, or venous disease), as well as the arteries in your legs (called peripheral artery disease). We’ll talk about vein health in this section. To learn about arteries and peripheral artery disease, please click here.
Your legs consist of a network of veins. Those veins contain valves that open and close to help carry your blood back to the heart – mostly “uphill.” Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. This often leads to a medical condition called venous insufficiency where blood flow from the legs to the heart is compromised, and blood pools in the legs. Symptoms include pain, swelling, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, and, of course, varicose veins.
Venous Disease: More than Cosmetic
More than cosmetic, venous insufficiency is actually a medical condition that warrants treatment. Large varicose veins typically cause pain and swelling. And, as the severity of the disease progresses and veins are left untreated, they can lead to medical conditions such as superficial phlebitis (blood clots in the varicose veins), and ulcers in the lower leg and ankle. It’s time to take action.
Outpatient treatments most popular
In the past, treatments mostly involved surgery. Now, essentially all patients with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency can be treated with minimally invasive procedures performed in a physician’s office. That means:
One in-and-out procedure
Minimal post-procedure pain
Minimal recovery time
Vein treatment types
Southeastern Vein Specialists offers all of the latest treatments for venous disease, including varicose veins. And we’ll recommend the best treatment option for your specific symptoms and situation. Treatment options include: