In order to understand vein disease, you must first understand the purpose of the blood vessels in the body. The heart pumps the blood through the arteries out to the organs and tissues. Because the heart is a very strong pump, blood in the arteries is under very high pressure; like a garden hose. After the blood goes through the organs and tissues, it has very little pressure left to get back to the heart. Veins are the blood vessels that carry the blood back to the heart. Valves in the veins keep the blood flowing in the right direction. When the valves become weakened, the blood actually backs up in the veins and has trouble getting out of the legs and back to the heart.
One out of five Americans suffer from a disease known as venous insufficiency; a disease that most people have not heard of before. Yet this disease is one of the most common reasons for lost work and productivity in the world.
Venous insufficiency is a medical term that means “veins that do not work properly”. Specifically, this is referring to the veins in the legs. This disease can present itself in many different ways. That is why most people with the disease do not even know they have it.
Venous insufficiency is when the blood does not get out of the legs efficiently, putting pressure on the nerves, the veins in the skin, and the skin itself. This results in pain, heaviness, aching, varicose veins, spider veins, skin rashes, skin itching, ulcers, or infections. This can occur in anyone; young or old, obese or thin, men or women, athletes or couch potatoes. The reasons are probably genetic. Most people with venous insufficiency can recall others in their family with similar problems.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY OF THE LEGS
- Numbness and Tingling
- Restlessness in the legs
- Skin rashes of the legs
- Infections of the legs
Dr. Bass may recommend you start with conservative treatment for your varicose vein symptoms. This includes wearing compression stockings, elevating the legs, exercising, and taking over the counter analgesics, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. However, this does not eliminate the actual vein problem, and many people find the conservative treatment only helps minimally with their symptoms. Eventually treatment is recommended.
DR. BARRY J. BASS CAN PREFORM A VARIETY OF PROCEDURES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED, TO:
- Ultrasound guided Sclerotherapy
- Sclerotherapy with loop magification
- VNUS Closure