Valves in veins help fight against gravity and direct flow upward in legs. Many factors increase pressure in veins and thus cause veins to dilate. Eventually increased pressure and dilation will damage valves. When valves fail, blood flows the wrong way which is called venous reflux.
Venous reflux disease is 2 times more prevalent than coronary heart disease and 5 times more prevalent than peripheral arterial disease. Of the estimated 25 million people with symptomatic superficial venous reflux, more than 23 million go untreated.
Age Female Male
20 – 29 8% 1%
40 – 49 41% 24%
60 – 69 72% 43%
Symptoms you might notice
Causes of Venous Insufficiency
Superficial venous reflux is progressive and if left untreated, may worsen over time. Meet with your physician to review a detailed history of your symptoms. A trial of conservative management such as compression stockings, leg elevation, and exercise may be prescribed. Endovenous ablation is covered by most insurance plans and is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment. The procedure time is approximately 45 minutes with very minimal discomfort, usually requiring minimal sedation. See example:
Mild temporary bruising, minimal local swelling, and some tenderness are normal after treatment. Patient resumes regular activity the next day, must avoid sun exposure, including tanning booths, for 4 weeks, no hot baths for 2 weeks, and no airplane rides for 14 days after treatment.
Potential Risks & Complications
For more information call Wickenburg Community Hospital at 928-684-5421 and ask for Peter Stachowicz.
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