Venous reflux disease primarily affects the lower extremities (the legs) and can lead to more serious conditions if not addressed, as is discussed further in this article. Some of the common signs of venous reflux include:
In an ideal situation, blood flows against gravity from the lower extremities to the lungs for re-oxygenation. The veins have valves which ‘push’ the blood up against gravity. These valves only open in one direction so that blood doesn’t flow backward. A defective valve traps blood that cannot continue up the vein system, causing a backlog in the affected veins. This backlog is what is known as venous reflux.
There are two main types of venous reflux:
Both conditions have the potential to become serious if not addressed quickly.
Venous Reflux Treatment
Venous reflux treatment depends entirely on the severity of the condition. For superficial vein reflux, for example, dietary changes, exercise, and compression socks may be sufficient to resolve the problem.
Deep vein reflux or more severe conditions require more drastic action. This action typically involves ‘killing’ the problematic vein so that the blood naturally finds alternate routes to the lungs. The problematic vein may be destroyed using a variety of treatments including:
More invasive surgical procedures may be necessary for acute venous reflux. These methods include:
It is difficult to say which method is most appropriate without first consulting a doctor. The doctor does preliminary tests and makes a diagnosis to determine the best course of action. It is also important to mention that venous reflux should be diagnosed by a doctor before you consider taking any action.
Venous Reflux Risks
Venous reflux carries inherent risks if left unaddressed for a long time. Some of the common complications that arise from this condition include:
At Goldman Vein Institute, we maintain the highest credentials, treatment modalities, and patient care standards. Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman stay abreast of the latest developments in Phlebology to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality vein treatment available.
For more information about the treatments we offer for venous reflux in Jupiter, do not hesitate to give us a call or book an appointment today.