Our veins work to carry blood throughout our bodies and supply it to our organs. This is done with two types of vessels depending on whether the blood is oxygenated or not. This makes vein health incredibly important as it effectively allows every element of our bodies to function. At the United Vein Centers, our board-certified specialists provide solutions for venous diseases that can complicate our vein health. Commonly, varicose veins treatment is something many patients seek help with, but if you’re suffering from varicose veins, there’s a good chance venous insufficiency is also an issue. For this reason, we may also recommend venous insufficiency treatment. We are located in Tampa.
What is Venous Insufficiency?
To understand venous insufficiency, we need to briefly talk about how veins work. As we mentioned, there are different types of vessels depending on whether they’re carrying oxygenated blood or unoxygenated blood–arteries specifically are the ones carrying oxygenated blood. While we often refer to arteries as veins, veins are more accurately the vessels that carry unoxygenated blood. After the oxygen has been depleted, the veins carry the blood back to the heart where they can ‘refuel,’ so-to-speak.
Venous insufficiency is where the walls of the veins are weak and may suffer from leaky valves. The most prominent area where this becomes problematic is in the saphenous vein and small saphenous vein–the two main vein in each of your legs. Picture these veins for a moment. You have two long tubes that must fight gravity and pump blood up to your heart. If there’s a gap, some of that blood will flow backward and pool at the lower valve, placing stress on the vein walls and causing the gap to grow over time. This is called reflux.
Venous Insufficiency Treatment
If you’ve noticed varicose veins, there’s a good chance you’re also dealing with venous insufficiency and will want to have it diagnosed. If you are suffering from the disease, these are some treatments that may help:
- Improving your blood flow
- A simple solution is to maintain strong blood flow in your legs, such as regularly elevating them. Compression stockings may also be helpful.
- Endovenous laser ablation
- This might sound a little scary, but it’s actually a minimally invasive procedure. Heat is used on the affected vein to try and close the gap so that less reflux occurs.
- For more serious cases, this option involves using a small injection to stop the vein from functioning. This will cause the body to absorb it and move blood flow elsewhere.
- Similarly to sclerotherapy, surgery can be performed to tie off an affected vein so that it’s no longer used. The vein can also be removed completely if it or the valve is heavily damaged.
At the United Vein Centers, we aim to use the most minimally invasive procedures possible and reserve drastic solutions to only the most drastic of changes.
Contact Us for Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Veins Treatment
If you notice varicose veins, or you feel tightness, itchiness, or swelling in your legs, you may want to consider seeking help from a vein specialist. If you’re located in Tampa, we at the United Veins Centers can help with varicose veins treatment and venous insufficiency treatment. Contact us today to learn more about these conditions and how we can help.