Varicose Veins

 

Veins are the vessels that return blood to the heart once it has circulated through the body (as opposed to arteries, which carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body). They have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction. If these valves stop functioning the way they are supposed to, blood can flow backward and pool in the vein, causing it to stretch.

 

Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels that you can see and feel beneath the skin. They often look like twisted cords and usually appear on one or both legs. Varicose veins form when the valves within a vein weaken and allow some blood to flow backward. The vein weakens under the additional strain and balloons outward, raising the skin surface. Other manifestations include increased swelling in one leg, discoloration, or a venous ulcer.

 

Varicose veins may develop into venous reflux disease. Patients may feel some of the following symptoms in their legs that may indicate a need for medical attention:

  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Cramping
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Open sores

 


 

Causes and Risk Factors

Over 25% of the world’s population is affected by venous reflux disease, only 1% receive treatment. While varicose veins can affect nearly anyone, they tend to occur more often in patients possessing certain risk factors, including:

 

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history of varicose veins
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Obesity
  • Heavy lifting
  • Standing profession

 

Diagnosing Varicose Veins

Dr. Ramdev can diagnose varicose veins after a physical examination of the affected area and an ultrasound scan of the leg.

Treatment

The Venefit™ procedure is performed in the office setting and is a minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins. Instead of surgically removing the diseased vein, the Venefit™ procedure delivers radio frequency (RF) energy via a catheter introduced through a small incision to the vein, which shrinks in the heat and eventually closes allowing blood flow to get re-routed to other healthy veins. The patient is in the office usually no more than one hour for this treatment; and may resume normal activities within 24 hours.For symptomatic patients, the treatment is covered by most insurance companies.



 

Venous Reflux Disease


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