What Is Venous Insufficiency?
Spider veins, varicose veins and other disorders are linked to a condition known as “venous insufficiency.” Not every case of venous insufficiency requires treatment beyond cosmetic vein removal, but chronic venous insufficiency can be problematic and may require medical interventions.
What is Venous Insufficiency?
Inside your veins are small flaps that open and close to allow blood to pass through the veins. The flaps are necessary to ensure that the blood flows efficiently back to the heart. Venous insufficiency occurs when the flaps do not close properly, either due to an anatomical defect or deterioration of the tissue.
Is Venous Insufficiency Harmful?
When the flaps inside your veins do not close completely, the blood will flow backward and pool inside the vein. Over time, the vein weakens, and blood may leak out into surrounding tissues. The veins can become enlarged and appear at the surface of the skin as spider veins, reticular veins, and varicose veins. These visible veins could be signs of issues that are occurring deeper inside the tissues, such as blood clots.
How is Venous Insufficiency Treated?
The first step in treatment for venous insufficiency is to determine the underlying cause of the backflow of blood inside your veins. Pregnancy, standing for prolonged periods and resting after an injury can cause short-term venous insufficiency that may resolve without treatment. If no underlying cause is found, treatment focuses on eliminating the damaged veins. Once the veins are eliminated, your body re-routes blood through healthy veins. If you do have an underlying condition, treatment may involve medications to help with blood clots, lifestyle changes, and other approaches to improve blood flow through your veins.
Can I Prevent Venous Insufficiency?
You can take some steps to prevent venous insufficiency, such as losing weight, taking breaks when standing or sitting for long periods and exercising. Walking is a great way to keep the blood flowing properly, especially in your legs.
Do You Have Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency? Contact Reeder Institute.
If you have visible veins, leg pain and other symptoms of venous insufficiency, contact Reed Vein Institute to learn about ambulatory microphlebectomy, compression therapy, and our other services. We are conveniently located in Dallas, and you can contact us directly at (972) 566-3040.