It is estimated that nearly 30% of the adult population suffers from undesirable and sometimes painful vein disease. While many patients and physicians consider varicose and spider veins to be an unsightly cosmetic issue, if they are left untreated varicose veins can worsen over time. They can eventually cause pain, aching in the legs, swelling as well as skin changes such as rashes, dark brown, redness and sores. At The Vein Center of Arizona, a full service line of venous procedures is performed onsite.
This begins with a comprehensive duplex venous insufficiency ultrasound. This is a specialized venous ultrasound is used to evaluate and develop a treatment plan for patients suffering from venous insufficiency or venous reflux. Almost all conditions can be treated in-office with minimal discomfort and minimal impact to the patient’s schedule, and most can return to work the next day. Patients are required to walk or stay active for two hours after the procedure. The typical procedure takes less than an hour. Some of the most common vein conditions and treatments include but not limited to:
Varicose Veins: Varicose veins are dilated or swollen veins that you can see through your skin. In some cases varicose veins can be hidden to the naked eye if the veins lay deeper under the skin. Left untreated, varicose vein are progressive in nature and usually worsen over time. As many as 40 million Americans, most of them women, have varicose veins.
Venous Insufficiency: This is a very common condition resulting from increased venous pressure in the venous system due to decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart, known as chronic venous insufficiency. Veins can be absent of valves or that have lost their valve effectiveness become elongated, dilated, rope-like, bulged, and thickened. You may also experience swelling in the ankles, tightness in the calves, and heavy, tired, restless, and achiness in the legs.
Lower Extremity Wound/Ulcers: The later stages of chronic venous insufficiency can lead to painful venous ulcers on the legs and ankles. Venous ulcers are usually treated with compression of the leg to minimize swelling, treatment of veins around the ulcer and endovenous ablation.