If you have chronic venous insufficiency in your legs, it means one or more of the veins in your legs is not sufficiently moving the blood back to your heart. This can cause several issues starting with spider veins, varicose veins and other more severe conditions such as blood clots. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available at our office in Edinburg, all of which are non-invasive or minimally-invasive, to completely remove your varicose veins.
When you talk to our vein specialist in Edinburg, your veins will be examined and any vein issues diagnosed. Some of the most common symptoms of venous insufficiency are:
• Leg cramps
• Swelling in the ankles
• Throbbing or a feeling of heaviness
• Unbearable itching
• A reddish-brown colored band around your ankles
• Leg ulcers in severe cases
• Pain in the legs that lessens when you raise your feet
If you have any of the above symptoms, it may be good to have your legs examined by our vein specialist in Edinburg. The most conservative treatment is compression stockings. These are elastic stockings that keep mild pressure on your veins to help the blood move.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses a special solution to make the vein collapse. The solution is injected into the affected vein. It irritates the vein lining and coagulates the blood. Once the vein is destroyed, the blood will flow through healthy veins and the collapsed vein will be absorbed gradually by the body.
Endovenous thermal ablation uses laser or high-frequency radio waves to destroy the vein. There are several technical procedures, but the aim is to get the laser or other heat sources inside the affected vein through a catheter. The heat source is slowly pulled out along the length of the vein, damaging the walls and causing it to collapse. As with sclerotherapy, the body eventually absorbs the dead vein. The varicose or spider vein is removed completely and will not return.
You may be able to avoid developing chronic venous insufficiency if you follow a few simple guidelines. Heredity is the most common cause, but it can be overcome if you take other measures, like not smoking and getting regular exercise.
You may say goodbye to varicose and spider veins with one of the several treatment methods available at South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.