Are your legs heavy or in pain?

The Vein Clinic here at Cardiovascular Interventions provides the ability to find the root cause of patient’s long-standing pain and swelling in their legs. The most common cause is vein disease.

Are your legs heavy or in pain?

The Vein Clinic here at Cardiovascular Interventions provides the ability to find the root cause of patient’s long-standing pain and swelling in their legs. The most common cause is vein disease.

What is Vein Disease (Chronic Venous Insufficiency or CVI)?

Illustration courtesy of Medtronic

When the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart no longer function, blood begins to pool in the legs. Initially varicose veins appear. It is possible if left untreated this progress can develop into a more serious condition called vein disease (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI).

What are the Symptoms of Vein Disease?

  • Dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in the legs
  • Pain relieved with leg elevation and aggravated while standing
  • Swelling of the legs (Edema)
  • Skin discoloration
  • Varicose veins
  • Skin ulcers
  • Itching, tingling, burning, or throbbing sensation in the legs or feet
  • Leg weakness

How is Vein Disease Diagnosed?

BruceBlausVaricose Veins (Echogram)CC BY-SA 4.0

Venous Reflux Study

At Cardiovascular Interventions we use a duplex ultrasound that evaluates the how your veins are functioning. This is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to detect blood flow. The direction of travel is shown on screen with different colors. This allows us to see if your symptoms are from vein disease and diagnose the severity to ultimately find the best treatment options.

How is Vein Disease Treated?

Radiofrequency Venous Ablation

We treat venous disease with radiofrequency energy that is directed through a thin tube (catheter) inserted through a small incision in the vein. Effective on large veins in the leg and is done in our office using local anesthesia. You will be able to walk following the treatment and recovery typically is short.  After treatment, you will wear compression stockings for 1 week or more. To follow up, your doctor will use duplex ultrasound to make sure that the vein is closed.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure using chemical irritants to close unwanted veins. Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice treatment for small varicose and spider veins that may or may not be symptomatic and a source of significant distress. The procedure will be carried out in our clinic in our procedure room. During the procedure you will lay on a table positioned on your back. Under sterile precautions, a fine needle is inserted into the effected vein. The sclerosing agent will directly be injected into the vein. After 2 weeks of the procedure, a follow up is required to confirm whether all sites have been treated, whether more sessions are required, and whether the procedure was successful.