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May 17, 2022

Surgical treatment of venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when valves within the leg veins are damaged allowing blood to leak backwards and pool in these veins.

Sitting or standing for extended periods can result in the blood in your leg veins pooling and the pressure inside the veins increases. This increase in pressure can stretch the walls of the veins and damage the valves, resulting in swollen, tired legs.

Symptoms may include: 

  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles, especially after extended periods of standing or sitting
  • Legs feeling heavy, tired, restless, or achy
  • Varicose Veins
  • Leathery looking, flaking or itching skin on the legs or feet
  • Discolored skin on legs (red, brown)
  • Weeping sores or Ulcerations

Early intervention and prevention of complications of wounds and wound infections are the goal of treatment. Treatment plans are aimed at decreasing the blood pressure in the veins to reduce swelling and symptoms and increasing the return blood flow back to the heart. 

More serious cases of CVI may be treated with surgical procedures:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Endo venous Thermal Ablation
  • Ambulatory Micro-phlebectomy
  • Ligation and Stripping

Varicose veins can cause complications because they stop your blood flowing properly. Most people who have varicose veins will not develop complications. If they do, it’s usually several years after varicose veins first appear. 

Complications included:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots