Understanding Venous Reflux Disease

December 27, 2017 • • Vein Disease

Venous reflux disease is a chronic condition that leads to the development of abnormal veins. This condition occurs most commonly in the legs, when the veins don’t allow blood to flow normally back to the heart. Instead, the valves in these veins stop working properly and allow blood to flow the wrong direction. This leads to pooling of blood and dilation of the blood in your legs. This condition can be painful and embarrassing, leading to a variety of symptoms. Fortunately, it can also be treated effectively. 

Symptoms of Venous Reflux Disease 

Some of the symptoms of venous reflux disease may include pain, leg ulcers, varicose veins, skin changes, cramps, swelling, burning, tingling and general discomfort. If venous reflux disease isn’t treated effectively, it can lead to ulcerations of the skin, which are often painful and may become infected. 

Treating Venous Reflux Disease 

In general, venous reflux disease is not a serious health threat, but it can cause disabling symptoms for some people. In addition, if ulceration of the skin occurs, other complications may develop. Fortunately, venous reflux disease can be treated. 

Most people with venous reflux disease have varicose veins, which are dilated veins in the legs that appear swollen and are blue, red or purple in color. The more severe these veins are, the more significant the associated symptoms will typically be. When varicose veins are mild, patients may be able to resolve symptoms and improve their symptoms considerably with compression therapy. In more severe cases, a minor procedure may be required to deal with the diseased veins. Options available include sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation. 

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a special substance into the vein to irritate the walls and force it to seal off. Radiofrequency ablation, on the other hand, treats the inside of the vein with radiofrequency energy delivered via a thin catheter. To learn more about these treatment options, please contact Tri-City Vein Center today. 


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