Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart, with pooling of blood in the veins. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart, against the force of gravity. When the valves become weak and don’t close properly, they allow blood to flow backward, a condition called reflux. Veins that have lost their valve effectiveness, become elongated, rope-like, bulged and thickened.
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Venous insufficiency is a common condition that affects close to half of the United States population. In fact, 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men have venous disease.
Risk Factors for Venous Disease
Though so much of the population is affected by venous disease, there are certain risk factors that make people more susceptible to it including:
Varicose veins are swollen veins that are visible just under the surface of the skin. They are a very common problem, affecting half of people 50 years of age or older. Continue reading
DVT is a blood clot that can form in either the deep veins of the legs or the veins of the upper extremities. Each year, 600,000 Americans are diagnosed with DVT, but there are ways to prevent becoming part of that statistic.
Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis
About half of people with DVT don’t show symptoms. However, other people experience symptoms such as:
No one wants to find out that they need surgery. There can be many scary unknowns. However, there are times when an operation is an absolute must to relieve pain, cure conditions, and restore health. If you have come to that point and your doctor has just informed you that you need surgery, you may feel a little overwhelmed or afraid.
Although your doctor may be 100% right that you need a surgical procedure, there is always room for human error or opinion-based decisions. There are times when a second opinion should not be just thought of as an option—it should be considered a must. How do you know when it’s the right idea to get a second opinion?
If your doctor has scheduled you for an operation, you are probably already wondering what’s it like to have surgery?
For most people, just the thought of having surgery can be stressful. You can reduce much of your anxiety by learning what to expect both during surgery and recovery afterwards.
Your surgery experience will vary depending upon the condition being treated and the type of surgery. The two main types of surgery are:
- Inpatient surgery: Done in a hospital, inpatient surgery requires you to stay overnight for one or more days to allow the doctors and nurses to monitor your condition.
- Outpatient (also known as ambulatory) surgery: This is done in an outpatient clinic or hospital. You will be able to go home on the day of the surgery.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat varicose veins that are not caused by saphenous vein reflux. The abnormal vein is removed through a tiny incision or incisions using a special set of tools. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and typically takes under an hour. Recovery is rapid, and most patients do not need to interrupt regular activity after ambulatory phlebectomy.
Learn more about our [Ambulatory Phlebectomy].