Approximately 30 million adults in the United States may suffer from treatable, symptomatic, superficial venous insufficiency. Many of these patients as well as their primary care or specialty physicians may not be fully aware of the advances made in the treatment of venous insufficiency in the last 5-10 years. Since 2000, vein stripping has been replaced by endovenous closure procedures as the preferred treatment of patients with symptoms related to saphenous vein and other superficial venous insufficiency. Many patients once thought to have untreatable venous problems may now be excellent candidates for endovenous closure.
The field of venous disease is not well understood by the public or even many medical professionals. In the real world, vein problems are too often managed poorly. Varicose Veins are often the result of an underlying disorder of the circulatory system called venous reflux or insufficiency. Veins are an integral part of the circulatory system as are the heart and the arteries. Veins deserve the specialized care offered by a Cardiovascular Surgeon through the training, knowledge, and experience gained in treating vascular disorders. Developments in this field have been dramatic during the past decade and ongoing new research has lead to better understanding and treatment of venous disease.
These are a form of varicose vein disease and could be the first sign of venous insufficiency. Spider veins are dilated small blood vessels visible as blue or red streaks, webs, or clumps located within the skin. They are different than varicose veins which occur as lumps underneath the skin within the fatty layer. Spider veins can occur anywhere but are most frequent on the thigh and calf of the lower extremities. They are permanent once they appear and tend to increase in number over time. Spider veins drain into collecting veins at the base of the skin called reticular veins which are larger and usually of a greenish or bluish hue. Reticular veins may or may not be visible to the naked eye. Identification and treatment of the reticular veins is an important part of success in controlling spider veins.
Venous Stasis Ulcers
An ulcer or open sore occurs where normal skin has been destroyed and the deeper tissues under the skin are exposed. Venous stasis ulcers mostly occur in the lower leg between the knee and ankle. Leg ulcers represent the end stages of the disease continuum in those with chronic venous reflux and varicosities. Ulcers are a serious problem and occur in about one of every fifty adults. They constitute a serious cause of loss of time from work and have a major impact on the individual's quality of life. They can be the late effect of both varicose veins and of blood clots in the leg veins. It has been estimated that the cost of caring for a leg ulcer is in the range of $20,000/year, or a total cost in the USA of about one billion dollars per year to the health care dollar.
Venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is a medical condition affecting the circulation of blood in the lower extremities. The tiny valves that normally force blood back up towards the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool up in the legs, and the veins of the legs become distended.
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