Vascular Surgeons Phoenix | Mesa
Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins cannot adequately transfer blood from the legs back to the heart. Inside the veins are valves which operate like flaps that pulse to push blood up toward the heart. When these valves become damaged or are missing, circulatory problems develop that range from spider veins and varicose veins to blood clots and skin ulcers.
Common symptoms of venous insufficiency include swelling and discomfort, skin discoloration, skin thickening, spider veins at the ankles, and leg ulcers.
Blood tests, ultrasound, CT, MRI and venograms (X-ray exam with contrast dye) may be used to examine the veins for signs of disease.
Conservative treatment typically involves a combination of leg elevation and compression stockings to improve blood flow. Blood thinners may be prescribed to treat or prevent blood clots, although these drugs may themselves damage the valves and raise blood pressure. Surgical options include varicose vein removal for superficial veins; subfacial endoscopic perforator surgery (SEPS) for perforating veins; and valve repair, valve transplant from the arm veins, and vein bypasses for deep veins.
Doctors Vranic and Tarlian believe that well-informed patients who are involved and proactive in their care are more likely to achieve better outcomes. To help facilitate this, they will be happy to personally consult with you to answer your questions and fully-explain the treatment options for your condition.