venous disorders

overview

Venous disorders are conditions that damage your veins, the vessels that bring blood back to your heart after your body has used the oxygen in them.

Common venous disorders include:

symptoms

Depending on the type of venous disorder you have, your symptoms may include:

  • Burning
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing

diagnosis

If you have symptoms of a venous disorder, talk with your doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam and may order diagnostic and lab tests to see how well blood is flowing through your veins.

services & treatment

Your doctor may recommend healthy lifestyle changes, compression stockings, compression therapy or medications like blood thinners. Other treatment options include non-surgical procedures such as:

  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • A vena cava filter — a device inserted inside a large vein to help catch blood clots before they travel to your lungs.
  • Endovenous thermal ablation — laser therapy to close off problem veins.
  • Sclerotherapy — injections of a concentrated salt solution that makes damaged veins collapse and disappear.

For more serious venous conditions, your doctor may suggest:

  • Bypass surgery to reroute blood flow around a blocked vein
  • Ligation and stripping – surgery to tie off a vein, then “stripp” or remove it, usually through a minimally invasive surgery called venous ablation.
  • Subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery or SEPS – a minimally invasive surgery used to treat ulcers on perforator veins, which link superficial veins to deep veins.
  • Valve repair surgery

Your doctor can help you decide which treatment options are right for you.

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