Venous reflux is the main cause of Chronic venous insufficiency . When the venous network is functioning correctly, every movement of the leg causes blood to be pumped inward and upward passing a series of valves. Normally the valves in the veins make sure blood flows toward the heart, but when these valves don’t work well, blood flows backward and starts to collect (pool) in the legs. Patients usually think that only varicose veins or bulgy veins are a sign of a problem.
However, in most of the cases patients with no visible bulgy veins have life limiting symptoms on their legs, such as Night cramping on feet and legs, dull aching, swelling, heavy feeling in the legs, charlie horses, skin discoloration, neuropathy (tingling and numbness ) etc. All those could be red flags associated to venous insufficiency.
Chronic Venous insufficiency will not disappear on its own, and the treatment can becomemore challenging as the disease progresses. Left untreated, the condition can lead to disabling pain and open sores called skin venous ulcers. Some people may develop blood clots in the legs, a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is very important to choose an experienced vein specialist with the knowledge, skills and technology to diagnosed and treat the venous disease successfully.
At Florida Vein Center, we offer our patients with a variety of non-invasive treatments that will improve their quality of life by treating the symptoms and preventing them from incurring into a major health condition. We will usually assess our new patient by performing a venous duplex ultrasound to determine the blood flow of the veins and a full medical evaluation to diagnose the problem.
Dr Richter will design the plan of care that will better suit each patient’s needs and make recommendations based on individual diagnosis and health. Part of the process would consist of procedures of the truncal veins (thermal with Laser and Radio frequency, chemical with Varithena or ultrasound guided Foam Sclerotherapy) or injections ( visual sclerotherapy) for the incompetent veins.
After any of these procedures, Dr Richter may recommend you wear compression stockings. Every visit will take place at either of our two office locations with no downtime for the patients.