What are Varicose Veins (Venous Insufficiency):
Varicose Veins are the dilated, twisted blood vessels that do not control blood flow as they should. Varicose veins are not spider veins and they are NOT considered only cosmetic.
Unlike varicose veins, healthy leg veins have valves that keep blood flowing to the heart. Venous insufficiency develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e. reflux) and pool in the lower leg veins. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time. Venous insufficiency is a medical condition and is recognized by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers as a medical condition.
Symptoms – It’s more than just what you can see
Varicose veins occur underneath the surface of the skin and can have a bulging, ropey appearance. But it’s more than just what you can see. The following symptoms can indicate the presence of problem veins:
- Leg pain
- Restless legs
- Swollen legs
How are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?
An ultrasound study is the only definitive way to diagnose venous insufficiency. Dr. Samuel will use this test to look inside your veins and determine if the valves are functioning properly. Although insurance coverage can vary by individual plans, most insurance providers, including Medicare, will cover necessary clinical tests done to help your doctor confirm or rule out a suspected illness.
Generic Risk Factors
- Age 40+
- Gender – women are more likely to develop vein disease
- Family History
Possible Lifestyle Risk Factors
- Prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing
- Obesity or excessive weight
- Multiple pregnancies
- Heavy lifting
Stages of Vein Disease
If chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time. Contact us to schedule an appointment to examine your condition today.