What is Vein Disease?
When veins do not function properly,the typical cause is Vein disease, otherwise called Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Normally vein valves keep blood flowing towards the heart, but when there is a vein disease, the blood pools causing swelling, discoloration, pressure and potentially bleeding ulcers. While vein disease cannot be cured, it is treatable to provide relieve from the symptoms.
What Causes Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the bodies arms and legs. Veins carry the oxygen depleted blood back from the extremities. Veins are similar to hollow straws that are flexible with flaps on the inside that open and close. In healthy veins, blood flows from the extremities back to the heart when muscles contract and the valves open. When muscles relax, the valves close, preventing blood from flowing backwards in the veins. Valves in the veins are instrumental to ensure blood flows in one direction in the vein. With vein disease, the valves are either missing or faulty, and the blood back-flows or pools in the veins. In some cases, weakness in the leg muscles can limit the ability for the muscle to squeeze the blood forward. As the blood pools and swells in the veins, pain, pressure, inflammation, discoloration and even bleeding ulcers results.
7 Things to Know About Vein Disease
- By age 60, 70% of all women and 40% of men in America will suffer from bulging, painful legs, which can be symptoms of varicose veins and more specifically, vein disease.
- Vein disease symptoms include restless leg syndrome, leg or ankle swelling, cramping, burning skin, or bleeding ulcers on your ankles.
- Varicose veins are a medical problem, not cosmetic, and normally covered by insurance.
- If left untreated, varicose veins will always get worse and may lead to major medical complications.
- Vein stripping is an outdated procedure for treating varicose veins.
- The current state-of-the-art vein treatment procedures include Foam Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) and Ambulatory Phlebectomy.
- Vein Institute of Connecticut offers vein screenings with Dr. Alex Afshar.
Why Should You Continue To Suffer from Vein Disease?
Minimally-invasive Pain free Vein Disease Solutions
Millions of Americans suffer from vein disease. Symptoms include pain, fatigue, rough skin, open sores, cramps, swollen, itchy and restless legs that only get worse over time. Today’s treatments are minimally-invasive and non-stressful. Varicose Vein treatments are usually covered by insurance.
The doctors of Vein Institute of Connecticut, would never make a treatment recommendation without determining the underlying cause of your vein problem. While some problem veins can look similar, the conditions that cause them are not identical. We will thoroughly explain our diagnosis, your treatment options and costs so you have the information you need to decide on the right solution for your lifestyle and budget.
Once your treatment is over, we will follow-up with you annually to make sure you continue to enjoy a positive medical outcome and remain in good health.
How to Treat Vein Disease?
When a vein doctor determines that you have chronic venous insufficiency, he or she will thoroughly explain your treatment options. In the past, doctors treated varicose veins with surgery to remove the diseased vein. Unfortunately, surgery could cause scarring and unnecessary pain. Additionally the varicose veins often came back. Now, advanced technology allows for minimally invasive treatment options that collaspes the vein from the inside out. Blood re-routes to healthy veins while the collapsed vein is reabsorbed by the body. After treatment you should wear compression stockings for at least three days. A vein disease doctor can provide you with the right compression stockings and make sure you know exactly what to expect.
Vein Disease Treatment Options
Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy involves administration of a chemical called a sclerosant into the vein. A vein expert will use a small needle to enter the vein then use an ultrasound to make sure the needle is in exactly the right place. After the doctor injects the sclerosant, the vein walls will collapse and the vein will shrink and then disappear. Sclerotherapy is typically for Spider Vein treatment and 90% of patients get excellent results with minimal side effects.
Laser Therapy: Laser therapy, also known as endovenous laser ablation, is an excellent treatment for varicose veins. A vein doctor carefully enters the vein using ultrasound-guidance and places a laser device inside. The laser device delivers energy to the walls of the vein closing the vein. Endovenous ablation has an excellent success rate of 94-98%. Endovenous ablation is quickly and easily performed by a vein expert. It usually takes only 15-30 minutes and can be performed in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia only. Most people are able to return to work the same day.
Radiofrequency Ablation: Similar to endovenous laser therapy, radiofrequency involves inserting a small device into a vein using ultrasound-guidance. Instead of laser energy, heat energy seals and closes the vein. Radiofrequency ablation is also only a 15-30 minute procedure with minimal side effects. You can normally return to work right away.
A Consultation with a Vein Doctor Can Help
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, you should come and talk to our vein doctor, Dr. Afshar. The consultation is usually covered by your medical insurance, so if you’re even a little bit concerned, the time is right to make an appointment today!
Call us at 203-426-5554 to schedule your consultation.
Before & After Results of Treatments of Vein Disease
“I had a very positive experience. Everything was explained fully to me. During procedures I was treated exceptionally. Everyone was very attentive. My bulging veins are gone and virtually pain free.” ~ Jennifer G