Treating Vein Conditions in Virginia & Washington, DC
At Virginia Vein Care, we are experts at treating chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that causes blood to pool or collect in the veins. This can lead to painful and unsightly issues such as varicose veins and spider veins.
Symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- Appearance of new varicose veins
- Aching or tiredness in the legs
- Statis ulcers or venous stasis ulcers appear
- Skin on the legs having a leathery look to them
- Flaking or itching on the skin of the legs and feet
- Swelling of the lower legs and ankles, especially after long periods of standing
It is estimated that roughly 40% of Americans struggle with chronic venous insufficiency. This condition, however, is more common in those over 50 years of age and is somewhat more prevalent in women than men. Especially at risk are those who sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
Vein Conditions We Treat
Chronic venous insufficiency can lead to a number of vein conditions that we can treat at Virginia Vein Care.
Vein diseases we treat at Virginia Vein Care:
What are spider veins?
Telangiectasias, commonly known as spider veins, are groups of visible yet small blood vessels that grow near the surface of the skin. These veins are usually blue or red in color and can cause itching, tingling, or throbbing in the leg.
Spider veins are caused when the valves within the veins fail to work properly in carrying blood back to the heart.
Veins have a valve that closes when blood passes through. However, if this valve becomes weakened or damaged, it becomes difficult to keep the blood flowing in the proper direction. This condition can result in the vein bulging and branching out, resulting in a spider vein.
When spider veins appear on the face, this is usually the result of small blood vessels that burst, sometimes due to sun damage or increased pressure to the area.
How is chronic venous insufficiency treated?
It used to be that individuals suffering from venous insufficiency were encouraged to undergo some form of surgery. This procedure was often referred to as vein ligation and stripping.
Vein ligation involves a surgeon cutting and tying off the affected vein. Vein stripping is an even more invasive procedure where the larger veins are surgically removed through a pair of incisions. Recover can take as long as 10 days, and bruising can last for weeks.
Virginia Vein Care is on the forefront of advanced nonsurgical vascular procedures designed to effectively treat vein conditions while reducing your discomfort and recovery time. Treatments such as Radiofrequency Ablation use a very small catheter to close problem veins with heat, rather than excising them from the body. Recovery time is all but eliminated with such techniques.
Find Venous Insufficiency Treatment Near You
Those living in northern Virginia and Washington, DC have access to the advanced nonsurgical vascular procedures offered by Virginia Vein Care, led by Dr. Lawrence J. Markovitz, who has nearly 30 years of clinical experience.
We have three locations in Virginia and Washington, DC, so call (706) 506-VEIN today to find the treatment center nearest you.