Did you know that Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency affect 30 million Americans and largely go untreated?
While they might on the surface appear to be only a cosmetic issue, they can lead to some serious health issues.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. That’s because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.
For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more serious problems.
Varicose veins may also signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems. Treatment may involve self-care measures or procedures by your doctor to close or remove veins.
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs. CVI causes blood to “pool” or collect in these veins.
Veins return blood to the heart from all the body’s organs. To reach the heart, the blood needs to flow upward from the veins in the legs.
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when these valves become damaged, allowing the blood to leak backward. When the veins and valves are weakened to the point where it is difficult for the blood to flow up to the heart, blood pressure in the veins stays elevated for long periods of time, leading to CVI.
CVI most commonly occurs as the result of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, a disease known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). CVI also results from pelvic tumors and vascular malformations, and sometimes occurs for unknown reasons. Failure of the valves in leg veins to hold blood against gravity leads to sluggish movement of blood out of the veins, resulting in swollen legs.
Chronic venous insufficiency that develops as a result of DVT is also known as post-thrombotic syndrome. As many as 30 percent of people with DVT will develop this problem within 10 years after diagnosis.
What Treatment Options Are There?
Examples of conservative options for addressing varicose veins or any type of venous insufficiency include making some reasonable lifestyle changes.
Some examples include:
- Leg elevation (when appropriate)
- Pumping your feet
- External compression with stockings
- A change in diet which with the loss of weight can lessen the pressure on your leg veins
Should the conservative measures fail, you should seek consultation for further treatment.
The Venefit Benefit
The Venefit™ procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radio-frequency (RF) energy to effectively treat patients suffering from varicose veins or Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Dr. Kasasbeh inserts a catheter into a diseased vein to provide consistent and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood is then naturally redirected to healthy veins.
The Venefit™ procedure also results in little to no scarring and is generally performed using local anesthesia. This is done by Dr. Kasasbeh as an outpatient procedure in his clinic.