Treatments for Venous Disease
Treatments for Venous Disease
Venous disease is extremely common. By age 50, up to 20% of men and up to 40% of women experience some form of vein disorder as a result of varying causes. Furthermore, as many as 25 million Americans may suffer varicose veins. Family history, multiple pregnancies, standing or sitting in the same position for long periods of time, as well as a history of blood clots are all contributing factors resulting in the development of vein disease.
While medical/surgical treatments are often required to treat vein disease, there are conservative treatments that can be effective in alleviating symptoms. They are quite beneficial when used in conjunction with medical/surgical treatments. Though these treatments alone will not cure vein disorders, they will help alleviate the symptoms while you seek treatment.
Thankfully, the conservative treatments above are not the only ways we can combat vein insufficiency or vein disease. Rather, over the past decade, there have been many innovations in the modern treatment of venous diseases. There are more minimally-invasive treatments than ever before, and traditional procedures such as vein stripping have largely been replaced by modern treatments that involve less downtime and much less discomfort during recovery.
Patients benefit from a greatly improved appearance as well as relief from the pain, aching, cramping, numbness, itching, burning, swelling and fluid retention associated with venous insufficiency. Likewise, patients are amazed that the lower leg ulcers they have suffered with for years will potentially heal over in a few weeks to months. Many patients are also delighted to realize they can go about their daily lives in much greater comfort. Often they are thrilled to discover they can return to wearing clothing like shorts and capri pants that they had previously given up.
The Vein Institute does not perform vein stripping. Though once the go-to procedure for treating venous disease, vein stripping has become a treatment from the past, replaced with less invasive treatments that have a much lower risk of complications.
The vein specialists at The Vein Institute recommend procedures such as those listed above, or a combination of procedures to achieve the safest, most effective and most aesthetically pleasing results.
At The Vein Institute, many of our patients are on blood thinners because of past or current history with blood clots. Please tell your doctor if you are using blood thinners for any reason before beginning treatment for a venous disorder.
Even if you are not currently on anti-coagulants for any condition, your vein specialist may prescribe a short course of blood thinners following a procedure.
Often insurance companies will not consider treating symptoms of a venous disease or venous insufficiency medically necessary. However, The Vein Institute provides services to treat unsightly veins that are not covered by insurance. These procedures are considered cosmetic, even though they can often lead to medical issues down the road.
Cosmetic Treatments are available to treat unsightly veins like Spider Veins, Varicose Veins, and Reticular Veins. Visit our Cosmetic Treatments page for more information.
[I had a] fantastic experience with Dr. Gardner and his team. After running a half marathon in November of 2014, I had struggled with distance running. My legs always felt very heavy, and I got tired quickly. By the Summer of 2016, I was experiencing cramping and consistent pain in my legs. For that reason, my primary referred me to Dr. Gardner, and they were able to get me in quickly for a consultation. As a result of a diagnosis of Superficial Venous Reflux, we scheduled procedures to address both legs. Dr. Gardner was very thorough in explaining what to expect both during and after the procedure. It’s now been 7 weeks since my last procedure, and the difference in how I feel is amazing. I could not be happier with the results and the overall experience with this group.
I had the vein procedure done on both legs by Dr. Gardner and I couldn’t be pleased more. First of all, the girls in his office are wonderful. His assistant Robin is the best! Even more, tell me, what doctor personally calls you the evening after your procedure to check on how you are? Dr. Gardner did! Even more, my legs don’t feel heavy anymore. I can finally go to the store and get home without having to lean on the cart or checkout because my legs hurt. Also, it is a procedure Medicare covers if you are 65 or over. Above all, it will make you feel so much better and walk and balance better too. I certainly recommend Dr. Gardner and Southern Surgical Arts for any procedure they offer.
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