Venous Insufficiency

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center -  - Vascular Surgeon

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Vascular Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Port Jefferson Station, NY & Hauppauge, NY

A whopping 40% of the adult population in the United States suffers from venous insufficiency, especially people over the age of 50. The team of board-certified surgeons at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center is highly trained when it comes to vein problems. The three locations in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, and Riverhead, New York, are equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools. To learn more about venous insufficiency, please call one of the offices or request an appointment online.

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is chronic venous insufficiency?

Your arteries are responsible for distributing nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood throughout your body, while your veins transport the blood back to your heart for recirculation. To help with this effort, your veins are equipped with tiny, one-way valves that keep your blood flowing in the right direction — toward your heart — without pooling. Your muscles also play a role in initiating the blood flow.

The veins in your legs have, arguably, the toughest job, fighting both distance and gravity to deliver blood back to your heart. Over time, or because of disease or injury, the valves in your blood can fail, allowing blood to pool in a state known as stasis. As well, the muscles in your legs can weaken, hindering them from aiding your veins in their work.

As the blood lingers in your lower limbs, the pressure builds, leading to chronic venous insufficiency.

What are the symptoms of venous insufficiency?

The most common symptoms of venous insufficiency include:

  • Leg pain and cramps
  • Swelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Ulcers
  • Skin discolorations or changes
  • Restless legs syndrome

Left untreated, these symptoms can get progressively worse.

What causes venous insufficiency?

There are many factors that can lead to venous insufficiency, such as:

  • Carrying extra weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Blood clots
  • Pregnancy
  • Lifestyle habits, such as smoking

Venous insufficiency can also be an inherited problem, meaning you have a family history of the condition.

How is venous insufficiency treated?

Your doctor at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center has the most advanced diagnostic tools available, including ultrasound, which allows them to get a closer look at the flow of blood in your veins to detect any problems.

If your vascular specialist detects venous insufficiency, they come up with a treatment plan that best suits your medical history and lifestyle. This plan may include one or more of the following:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and exercising more
  • Compression stockings
  • Prescription medications that increase blood flow
  • Endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation
  • Sclerotherapy

Your doctor typically starts out conservatively, only becoming more aggressive if your venous insufficiency persists.

For expert diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency, call one of the three Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.