Vascular Care at Alliance Orthopedics
The primary role of your veins is to transport nutrient-rich blood to the heart to support essential bodily functions. However, damage to the valves in the veins over time can cause them to become twisted and enlarged, resulting in a condition called venous insufficiency. Although venous insufficiency is usually not a significant issue, it may progress to more serious complications, such as:
- Aching and cramping
- Issues with blood flow
- Varicose veins
- Leg ulcers
Symptoms can appear in any area of the body but are generally seen in the legs. Fortunately, at Alliance Orthopedics, our team of vein specialists can assist you in addressing your venous insufficiency in an effective and efficient manner.
What Causes Blood Flow Circulation Issues?
Healthy veins in your legs keep blood flowing back to the heart. When the valves stop working properly, blood can flow backward toward your feet, a condition called reflux. This causes blood to pool in the veins of your lower leg. Although reflux can lead to varicose and spider veins, other symptoms such as leg pain, heaviness, cramps, and restless legs can also occur. When left untreated, these and other symptoms can progress into a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency can cause a range of symptoms that may vary in severity. Some people may experience no symptoms at all, while others may have more significant symptoms that affect their daily life. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Symptoms of venous insufficiency may include:
- Cramping in the legs
- Restless legs
- Feeling heaviness in the legs
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Burning, throbbing, or tingling sensations
- Discoloration near the affected veins
Risk Factors for Developing Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency may affect anyone. However, certain risk factors can make a person more likely to develop pain and discomfort. Some key risk factors include:
- A history of blood clots
- Hormonal changes (during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause)
- The use of birth control pills
- Standing for long periods of time
If you have a family member with a history of CVI, you may be more susceptible to developing the condition as well. Additionally, certain medical conditions, such as tumors or other growths that put pressure on the abdominal area, may also increase your risk of developing venous insufficiency. It’s important to note that having a family history or being at risk for these conditions does not guarantee a person will develop them. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to be aware of the risk factors in order to take preventative measures.
Treatment Options for Venous Insufficiency
The treatment options for venous insufficiency depend on the severity of the condition and the underlying causes. In general, treatment aims to improve blood flow in the legs, reduce swelling, and relieve symptoms. Sclerotherapy and radiofrequency vein ablation are two treatments we offer at Alliance Orthopedics.
Radiofrequency Vein Ablation
Radiofrequency vein ablation (RFA) is a treatment method used to minimize the appearance of varicose and spider veins. The procedure involves the insertion of a small probe into the affected vein. The probe emits radiofrequency waves to heat and seal damaged veins to redirect blood flow to healthier veins.
RFA is typically performed in an outpatient setting and doesn’t require general anesthesia. A local anesthetic may be administered to patients so they experience as little pain as possible. RFA is considered a safe procedure that may effectively reduce or eliminate venous insufficiency. The recovery time for RFA is relatively short, and most patients are able to return to their normal activities within five to seven days.
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure in which a chemical solution is injected into the veins to make them collapse, redirecting blood flow to healthier veins and alleviating venous insufficiency. The procedure is relatively quick and allows you to return to your normal activities the same day. However, avoiding high-intensity activities for at least two weeks after the procedure is vital for a smooth and safe recovery.
Benefits of Vascular Care
- Minimally invasive outpatient procedures
- Long-term treatment options
- Covered by insurance
- Procedures typically take less than 1 hour
- General anesthesia is optional
- Back to full activity the following day
If you are experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency, Alliance Orthopedics can help you find relief. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals offers a variety of treatment options to improve blood flow in the legs, reduce swelling, and relieve symptoms. Don’t let this condition hold you back from living your life to the fullest. Take the first step towards better health with Alliance Orthopedics today.