At Center For Vein & Vascular Disease, we are pleased to offer the VNUS Closure® procedure, in addition to other treatment modalities for comprehensive management of vein disease. The Closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative for patients with a condition known as superficial venous reflux, which often results in varicose veins and other painful symptoms. Varicose veins are known for their distinctive blue color and bulging appearance under the skin. They afflict an estimated 10%-20% of the adult population. In the United States, that translates into 20-25 million people, the majority of whom are women.
About Venous Disease: Understanding Superficial Venous Reflux
Your legs are made up of a network of veins. Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. 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 can cause blood to pool in your legs and lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, and varicose veins. The same disease process can affect veins of any size; however when larger veins fail they are typically called varicose veins. When smaller veins are affected, they are typically called spider veins. Pain in the legs is frequently related to damaged or diseased veins. Varicose veins may also compromise the nutrition of the skin and lead to dermatitis or a rash, discoloration, or even ulceration of the lower leg. Contrary to common belief, most veins lie deep to the skin’s surface; vein disorders are now always visible to the naked eye. As a result, diagnostic. As a result, diagnostic ultrasound is often used to determine the cause and severity of the problem. One of the many services we provide is this advanced high resolution ultrasound imaging used to diagnose this condition.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Some predisposing factors include aging, standing, occupations, and leg injury or trauma. Heredity is the number one contributing factor that causes varicose and spider veins. Women are more likely than men to suffer from abnormal leg veins. Up to 55% of American women may be affected in their lifetime. Hormonal factors seen during puberty, pregnancy, menopause and the use of birth control pills affect the disease. It is common for varicose veins to become more prominent during pregnancy and worse with successive pregnancies.
Read more about Varicose Veins and the Treatment For Varicose Veins via the Journal of the American Medical Association handouts below: