Venous reflux disease is a condition in which the valves that keep blood flowing from the legs to the heart are weakened or damaged.
Telangietasias, or spider veins, are dilated capillary veins that form web-like patterns under the surface of the skin. Spider veins are not physically detrimental, though people choose to treat them for aesthetic purposes.
Varicose veins are branches from the saphenous trunk veins, enlarged due to excess pressure in the saphenous system. These veins can be unsightly and painful. When varicose veins become clotted, a condition called phlebitis occurs. The skin then becomes hot, red in color and painful over the clot. You may ultimately experience heaviness in the leg, exhaustion or other uncomfortable sensations from phlebitis.
Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux disease, including:
Using ultrasound to scan your leg(s), our experts will determine if venous reflux is present.
When left without treatment, venous reflux can lead to a variety of more severe circulatory problems, including:
Swelling of the leg comes from ineffective blood flow and causes increased blood pressure.
Skin damage can occur with insufficient blood flow in the veins. This damage can cause alterations in the skin’s color (hyperpigmentation) and texture.
Inadequate blood flow can lead to an acute stage of venous disease: the formation of venous ulcers. Damaged or diseased perforating veins are typically the source of venous reflux in nearly two-thirds of patients with venous ulcers. Often raw and painful wounds, these ulcers can only occasionally be treated using antibiotics or salves.
With our experienced staff and doctor, we can offer you the most progressive approaches in treating the advanced symptoms and conditions of venous reflux, including venous leg ulcers. We have been serving the Houston, TX area for the last 30 years. Call 832-412-4086 to book an appointment today.
Leg Swelling (Edema)
Pelvic vein compression is caused when the left iliac vein is compressed by the iliac artery, which increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the left extremity.
The most common form of pelvic vein compression is May-Thurner syndrome (MTS), and it is often unrecognized. Current estimates are that this condition is three times more common in women than in men. The classical syndrome typically presents in the second to fourth decades of life. MTS becomes symptomatic when something else happens such as following trauma, or a change in functional status such as swelling following orthopedic joint replacement.
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has emerged as the best current tool in diagnosing this abnormality. Leg pain and swelling is best evaluated by vascular specialists who diagnose and treat arterial and venous diseases to ensure that the cause of the extremity pain is evaluated.