What is the Venous Insufficiency Treatment Protocol?
Venous insufficiency (Known also as CVI or Chronic Venous Insufficiency.) occurs when a person’s veins cannot efficiently return blood from the extremities to the heart, resulting in blood pooling within the veins. Blood clots can cause leg swelling, heaviness, varicose veins, pain, and cramping. If you start seeing any of these symptoms, you must see a vein specialist who can set up an individualized treatment plan.
What are the risk factors associated with venous insufficiency?
A history of blood clots, obesity, smoking, prolonged periods of sitting or standing still, pregnancy, hereditary factors, aging, and being tall can all increase your chances of developing venous insufficiency.
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Weak or itchy legs.
- Tightness in the legs.
- Discoloration of the skin on the feet or lower legs.
- Varicose veins on the legs.
- Painful ulcers on the feet or lower legs and restless leg syndrome.
Possible Sources of Venous Insufficiency
Blood clots in deep veins cause vein problems, known as DVT, which can affect vein function and cause venous insufficiency.
Injuries or trauma to the legs can damage the valves within the veins, disrupting blood flow and causing venous insufficiency.
A family history of venous insufficiency can increase your chances of developing the condition.
Treating Venous Insufficiency With Vein Removal
Your vein specialist will determine the most suitable treatment plan for your Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). This process could include removing the defective veins, which involves sealing and eliminating the damaged parts of the vein. Doing so aids in treating chronic venous insufficiency and various other relevant conditions.
Facts About Vein Removal
A minimally invasive procedure that removes damaged veins through small cuts, improving blood flow and appearance.
Surgical procedure performed under general or local anesthetic to remove parts of the vein. It involves the removal of the saphenous vein, which is often the underlying cause of venous insufficiency.
Improves blood flow and appearance
Vein removal not only alleviates discomfort but also enhances the appearance of your legs, boosting your self-confidence.
FAQ About Leg Heaviness
The initial step is a physical evaluation done by a vein specialist and some general questioning. A venogram may also be required, plus a duplex ultrasound to assess the status of affected veins.
The treatment plans your vein specialist creates will depend on how advanced the condition is. If your case is mild, compression stockings and exercises may be enough to improve blood flow. However, our vein specialists can design a comprehensive plan based on chronic venous insufficiency treatment guidelines for more severe cases. Some of these treatments include (numbing sections of the legs and removing damaged veins), (injecting medicine into the veins to reduce their size), and (used to seal and remove unhealthy veins).
Vein removal involves sealing off and eliminating unhealthy vein sections. It is a minimally invasive procedure done on an outpatient basis. You will be able to return home the same day. There are two types of vein removal: vein stripping, which requires surgery, and Phlebectomy, which is less invasive.
You may experience discomfort during and/or after the procedure. Generally, the risks and side effects are minimal.
It’s critical that you look after yourself post-procedure. Do not engage in any strenuous activity. Remember to adhere to all the instructions the vein specialist will give you.
Anytime a surgical procedure breaks through the skin barrier and enters the body, such as vein removal, carries a risk of infection. Additionally, there is a slight chance of skin pigmentation changes.
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