Board Certified Vascular Surgeons located in Watkinsville, GA
Around 40% of American adults have chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when weakness in your veins reduces your circulation. The board-certified vascular surgeons at University Vascular diagnose chronic venous insufficiency and offer personalized treatment plans at their offices in Watkinsville, Georgia. Call or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about your vascular health.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Q & A
What is chronic venous insufficiency?
Your veins carry blood back to your heart and lungs. They have tiny valves that help push your blood along its return journey. When weakness or damage to these valves interferes with blood flow, you develop chronic venous insufficiency.
The condition can cause your blood to move slowly or even flow backward and pool in sections of damaged veins.
Some of the factors that contribute to chronic venous insufficiency include aging, obesity, and spending too many hours sitting or standing still.
What are the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency?
Varicose veins and spider veins are two of the most prevalent signs of chronic venous insufficiency. The condition can also cause:
- Swelling in your ankles and calves
- Aching, heavy, or tired legs
- Leg cramps
- Skin discolors and looks leathery
- Red, itchy, or flakey skin
When untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can lead to weak, vulnerable skin and stasis ulcers.
When should I talk to a doctor about chronic venous insufficiency?
You should make an appointment at University Vascular if you have any signs of the condition. Chronic venous insufficiency can cause uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms, and when untreated can cause non-healing wounds that potentially lead to gangrene and amputation.
What are the available treatments for chronic venous insufficiency?
The board-certified physicians at University Vascular begin with a thorough exam and consultation to evaluate your vascular health. They use ultrasound to visualize your veins and identify the weakened parts.
They then create a personalized treatment program to restore your vascular health. Depending on your needs, your plan could include:
You might be able to enhance your health by getting more exercise, losing weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing. University Vascular might recommend wearing compression stockings to promote healthy circulation.
If you have varicose veins or spider veins, University Vascular might recommend noninvasive treatments such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, or VenaSeal™.
In severe cases, University Vascular might recommend a surgical procedure like vein ligation and stripping, ambulatory phlebectomy, or bypass surgery to correct your vascular health issue.
Call University Vascular or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.
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