Left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can eventually lead to the development of hard-to-heal wounds on your legs called ulcers. You can avoid these serious complications by visiting Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County. Their experienced vascular surgeons use minimally invasive methods to treat the problem veins and restore health to your legs. Find out more by calling their office today, or book an appointment online.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common problem in which valves along your leg veins stop working as they should. This leads to poor blood flow in your legs and can trigger the development of varicose veins.
The valves in your veins stop blood from trickling down your legs when it should be flowing upward and back toward your heart. If the valves get damaged or weaken with age, blood can gather in parts of the vein.
Two potential causes of chronic venous insufficiency are deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and superficial venous thrombosis. These conditions both involve the formation of blood clots in your veins and can permanently damage the valves.
Reducing the pressure in your veins helps to alleviate the symptoms of CVI and prevent it from getting worse. The best way to achieve this is to elevate your legs when you're sitting down, wear compression stockings, and exercise regularly.
These methods combine the effects of gravity and your leg muscles' pumping action to keep blood flowing the right way. If you're overweight or obese, losing weight also helps to relieve the pressure on your veins.
If these conservative treatments aren't enough, the Vascular Associates of San Diego team offers a selection of advanced treatments for chronic venous insufficiency.
The advanced treatment options available at Vascular Associates of San Diego include:
Radiofrequency ablation procedures use heat from radio wave energy to close down veins affected by chronic venous insufficiency. Options available include Venclose™ and VNUS Closure® radiofrequency ablation.
Under a local anesthetic, your vascular surgeon makes a small cut on your inner leg, guiding a microscopic tube called a catheter into your vein using ultrasound imaging technology. The catheter generates radiofrequency waves that heat the vein tissue and cause them to collapse.
Sclerotherapy is an alternative to radiofrequency ablation that involves injecting a substance called a sclerosant into your vein. The sclerosant may be a liquid or a foam (Varithena®), which your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego injects into your vein. The sclerosant shrinks the inner walls of the vein to close it down.
VenaSeal is a medical-grade glue that closes the problem vein down by sticking its walls together.
Following treatment, your body breaks down the vein and absorbs the remains. Blood goes down alternative blood vessels, and the treated veins can't come back.
If you have symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, call Vascular Associates of San Diego or book an appointment online today.