After oxygen-rich blood is delivered through the body by our arteries, our veins send it back toward the heart. In some cases, the veins are unable to deliver blood effectively. The blood flows backwards and pools in the legs. This condition is known as venous insufficiency. This is commonly linked to varicose veins or blood clots.
Venous insufficiency can lead to discomfort, difficulty walking, ulcers and more. Diagnosing and treating it will relieve these symptoms and also improve the appearance of varicose veins. If you think you might have venous insufficiency, schedule an assessment today. An ultrasound-guided exam will show Dr. Muasher whether the veins’ valves are malfunctioning, and where they are located.
Complications from Venous Insufficiency
If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to venous insufficiency which may progress and cause other concerns:
- Skin turning brown and becoming discolored with excessive pigmentation
- Chronic itching in skin above varicose veins
- Leg swelling
- Leg pain
- Non-healing ulcers on the lower legs or ankles
- Difficulty walking without pain
Diagnosing & Treating Venous Insufficiency
Dr. Muasher will perform a detailed examination to learn more about your medical history and the state of your veins. This will involve both a physical exam and a venous duplex study of the legs. This test assesses the size of your veins and evaluates whether veins are working properly, or whether there is venous reflux (backwards blood flow). It also maps out the veins in detail. The test is comfortable and conclusive, and takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour (depending on whether both legs are being examined).
After learning more about your veins, Dr. Muasher will recommend a treatment plan. This may involve a single treatment or a collection of procedures meant to improve blood flow and treat any symptoms stemming from venous insufficiency or varicose veins. Visit our Treatments page to learn more about the wide variety of procedures available at our clinic.
If you’re experiencing painful, heavy legs, reach out today to schedule your assessment.