FAQ – About Venous Disease

FAQ – About Venous Disease

What is Venous Disease?

Venous disease is a disabling condition causing swelling and pain to lower extremities. Venous disease can also affect your activity by making your legs feel heavy and unsightly.

Venous disease can also lead to ulcers and infections in the leg, which can lead to serious complications. It is important to recognize and treat venous disease early to prevent potential long-term complications

What is the cause of Venous Disease?

Venous disease occurs when the valves in veins responsible for pushing blood back to the heart become defective, causing blood to reflux back and pool into the vein. The legs are the most common site, as they are the farthest away from the heart and are also affected by gravity by having to push the blood upwards, against gravity. The result is large, swollen and sometimes painful veins in the leg.

What are the symptoms of Venous Disease?

Spider Veins:

Spider veins are often the first sign of venous disease. Spider veins are often seen as blue or purplish discoloration at the surface of the leg, are sometimes painful and are often viewed as unsightly by many people. More importantly if untreated, spider veins can be a warning sign of more severe disease of the veins.

Varicose Veings (Advanced Vein Disease):

Advanced vein disease is characterized by painful leg swelling, discolored skin, skin thickening and dryness, and tissue damage, that can result in tissue ulcers and wounds. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. Varicose veins can be associated with dangerous blood clots, infections and open wounds if left untreated.

What treatments are available for Spider or Varicose Veins?

Spider veins are easily managed with laser therapy. Laser therapy is a simple, painless procedure used to treat spider veins.

Varicose (Advanced vein disease) can still be treated with a combination of preventive measures and minor procedures. It is not too late to treat the complications of advanced vein disease. It’s best to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss your options.

Learn more about vascular procedures to treat Venous Disease at our Venous Procedures page.