Venous Access Procedures
Venous disease is a disabling condition causing a swelling and pain to lower extremities. Venous disease can also affect your activity by making your legs feel heavy and unsightly.
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.
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.
TREATMENT OF VENOUS DISEASE
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.
Spider veins are easily managed with a simple injection called sclerotherapy. With sclerotherapy a material is injected into the vein causing it to shrink. Spider veins can also be treated with laser therapy
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.
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. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss your options.
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. Varicose veins can be associated with dangerous blood clots, infections and open wounds if left untreated.
- The stent scaffolds the artery open, improving blood flow.
- You are awake for the procedure; general anesthesia is not needed.
- The hospital stay is usually brief.
- You may be able to return to normal activities quickly.