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Understanding Vein Care
Your Vein Health
A whole spectrum of leg pain and discomfort is caused by a condition called venous insufficiency, or reflux. Venous insufficiency is when blood in the veins flows in the reverse direction (away from the heart) due to gravity overcoming check valves inside the veins.
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Varicose veins are bulging worm-like protruding veins that are commonly seen on the thighs and calves. They are caused by faulty valves in veins beneath the skin surface, which causes blood to back up and enlarge these superficial veins.
Symptoms of varicose veins include aching, throbbing, cramping or burning pain over the affected veins. Additional symptoms may include leg swelling, heaviness, restlessness or fatigue. Occasionally open wounds on the legs, known as ulcers, may occur as a result of varicose veins.
The best way to determine the cause of the varicose veins is by the performance of a ultrasound by a skilled sonographer. It is equally important that the ultrasound be properly interpreted. Dr. Rayman, who is an interventional radiologist with expertise in the performance and interpretation of ultrasound, takes pride in making sure that the correct diagnosis is made.
Once the underlying abnormal vein is identified, it might be treated in any of a number of different ways, including Endovenous Laser Ablation, Radiofrequency Ablation, Mechanical-Pharmaceutical Ablation and Sclerotherapy. In addition, the varicose veins themselves may be treated by microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy.
Treatment choice is dependent upon the particular patient’s appearance, symptoms, motivations and desires.
Absolutely. There is a 98-100% technical success rate with most treatments, with permanent cure in most cases. Recurrence of varicose veins ranges from 2%- 20%, depending on the treatment utilized and length of time from the original treatment. Recurrent varicose veins are easily treated.