Vein disease, called chronic venous insufficiency or venous reflux disease, affects 40% of all adults. It’s estimated that half of those with vein disease go untreated, putting them at risk for complications like non-healing ulcers. At Northeast Houston Vein Center in Humble, Texas, Madaiah Revana, MD, FACC, is an expert in diagnosing and treating vein disease. Dr. Revana performs in-office ultrasounds and creates customized treatment plans that eliminate vein disease and restore healthy circulation. If you need help for vein problems, call the office or schedule an appointment through online booking today.
Vein disease encompasses any problem that occurs in your veins, including blood clots, phlebitis, and deep vein thrombosis.
Vein disease more specifically refers to chronic venous insufficiency.
Chronic venous insufficiency, also called venous reflux disease, occurs when one or more valves in your veins stop working. Veins carry blood toward your heart, a job they accomplish using one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the right direction.
When a valve fails, blood flows backward (or refluxes) and pools in the vein. As blood accumulates, the veins enlarge, causing bulging varicose veins and smaller spider veins.
Venous reflux disease also increases the pressure in your lower leg veins. When the condition goes untreated, high venous pressure leads to problems in your legs such as skin changes and venous ulcers.
In addition to causing varicose veins and spider veins — both visible signs of the underlying venous reflux — vein disease causes symptoms in your legs such as:
Venous ulcers develop in your lower leg, often around your ankle. Without medical care, these ulcers don’t heal. Instead, they keep enlarging, putting you at risk for a serious wound and infections.
Your chances of developing vein disease increase if you’re a woman or you have any of the following risk factors:
Hormonal changes due to medications like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can also raise your risk of developing vein disease.
After reviewing your medical history and completing a physical exam, Dr. Revana uses ultrasound to view the structures inside your veins and determine if you have venous reflux disease.
Your treatment may include one of the following options:
These treatments use different techniques — medication, energy pulses, radiofrequency energy, and a medical adhesive — but they all make the vein collapse.
After the vein walls close in, scar tissue develops that your body naturally clears away. As a result, damaged valves, varicose veins, and spider veins permanently disappear. Your body reroutes blood flow to a healthy vein. This restores normal circulation and treats any problems caused by venous insufficiency.
If you have any questions about vein disease, call Northeast Houston Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.