Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a serious condition that often manifests as varicose veins. CVI and varicose veins affect more than 190 million people globally and more than 30 million Americans. Despite its prevalence, many times CVI goes undiagnosed or is undertreated. In fact, less than 10 percent of men and women seek treatment.
Many people with varicose veins believe their condition is a cosmetic issue. However, if left untreated, varicose veins can progress to CVI, a serious disease that can cause leg pain, swelling, restlessness, skin damage and ulcers. As a progressive disease, it is important for patients to evaluate treatment options for CVI.
Important facts about vein disease of the legs:
- CVI is very common, more than 30 million Americans are affected.
- Venous reflux or insufficiency can lead to dilated and/or varicose veins, swelling and wounds.
- Typical symptoms include leg pain, fatigue and heaviness.
- Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms, but most people require compression therapy (stockings) and leg elevation.
- Radiofrequency ablation of veins is an outpatient procedure that can help patients suffering from vein disease.
What is radiofrequency ablation?
- A minimally invasive procedure with little down time and a quick return to daily activities.
- Uses radiofrequency energy to shut down veins that are not working properly.
- Requires a tiny nick in the skin in order to place the catheter into the vein, like an IV.
What is phlebectomy?
- Small incisions used to remove certain veins that otherwise cannot be treated with the catheter technique.
- An outpatient procedure with quick recovery period.
If you are experiencing pain in your legs, heaviness, cramping, fatigue or have lower extremity wounds, testing can be performed that will identify the cause and a treatment plan can be developed for you.