What Is Venous Reflux?
Venous reflux occurs when the valves and vein wall become damaged. When a vein fails, its valves will lose their elasticity and allow blood to flow backward (reflux) or pool within the vein rather than move upward toward the heart.
The more blood that is able to pool within the vein, the more pressure is placed on the vein wall, causing it to bulge. These characteristics are synonymous with varicose veins, which, over time, can result in complicated medical issues, including brown skin staining and ulcers.
How Does Venous Reflux Happen?
Many factors contribute to venous reflux and the formation of varicose veins. Some of the more common contributions are pregnancy, female gender, obesity, family history and lifestyle. Although varicose veins may not cause physical discomfort at first, continued insufficiency can lead to symptoms like hyperpigmentation, stasis dermatitis and venous ulcers.
When you notice the appearance of varicose veins on your legs or experience sensations like itching or swelling, it’s beneficial to be evaluated at The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy. By treating venous insufficiency early, you may prevent the progression of the symptoms and signs.
What Treatments Are Available?
Based on the severity of your varicose veins and venous reflux, you will receive treatment options. Initially, most patients will receive compression stockings that place pressure on the microcirculation and force blood upward, improving venous return.
Treatment options include foam sclerotherapy, which uses a liquid solution to irritate and close diseased veins, as well as Clarivein and Radiofrequency Ablation (Venefit Procedure). Microphlebectomy is another minimally invasive treatment option that removes the varicose vein from the body.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of varicose veins, it’s time to schedule an evaluation. Contact The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy at 267-728-7440 and schedule a consultation.