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Venous Reflux Wellington

Venous reflux is a disease that occurs when blood pools or collects in the veins close to the surface of the skin. If your blood circulation stops or is sluggish, the valves actually close or cause a venous reflux which prevents the blood from flowing normally in the correct direction. Because these valves are impaired, they allow the blood to move backwards instead of forwards. In the USA, up to 30 million people suffer from venous insufficiency.

The condition is often referred to as varicose veins. Sometimes it is not the actual valves that are the problem, but the fact that the veins are so distended and stretched. This is a condition that most commonly occurs in the veins in your legs.

Venous Reflux Treatment

As Venous Reflux can be caused by a family history of blood clotting problems, as well as an unhealthy lifestyle, you need to change your daily habits and keep to an acceptable weight for your age. Daily exercise and healthy food choices are of prime importance in the treatment of venous reflux disease.

Standing for long periods of time is not good for you if you are overweight and do no exercise. Try to go for a walk every day to keep the blood circulating smoothly in your veins. This will eliminate unsightly swelling and inflammatory conditions in your legs. Compression socks or stockings can be worn to keep the blood flowing easily and the valves in a healthy condition.

If your veins are really unsightly and uncomfortable, they can be “ablated “ or closed and then easily removed. This process involves using a laser beam which is inserted through a catheter. Another method is called injection sclerotherapy where a substance is inserted into the vein causing it to shrivel up and die.

Venous Reflux Risks

Certain people at are greater risk of venous reflux than other people. More often than not, people who lead a sedentary lifestyle and who are overweight present the symptoms more commonly than those who are active and at an average weight for their age. Normally you would have more than one risk factor when diagnosing venous reflux.

This is a condition that cannot be self-diagnosed. Only a qualified doctor can properly diagnose this as a vascular disease and only after thorough medical tests. Let’s look at the most common risk factors:


  • Have relatives who have the disease
  • Have discomfort in your legs from standing or sitting for long periods of time, particularly if your job involves nursing or teaching
  • Are a woman and over 50 years old
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have been pregnant or have had multiple pregnancies
  • Have an injured leg or ankle or skin ulcers that do not heal
  • Have spider veins or varicose veins that are painful
  • Have skin discoloration on your legs


What is Venous Reflux?

Venous reflux is a disease manifesting in the veins in your legs. The veins transport blood from the body back to your heart. If these veins are thick and blocked or if the passage of the blood is slow and clotting into lumps, you could be a candidate for venous reflux.

What are the symptoms of Venous Reflux?

The symptoms of Venous Reflux are made up of a number of different factors. Your legs could be burning or itchy, have nasty areas of swelling and be covered in unsightly varicose and spidery veins.

What causes Venous Reflux?

The symptoms of venous reflex show that the blood in your veins is backing up and not flowing smoothly. The valves in the veins are closing and so causing you circulation problems. If you are obese or unhealthy and do not walk around a lot, this failure to exercise could be causing you to suffer from venous reflux.

Is Venous Reflux Preventable?

Generally it is, but there will be a high percentage of people that do not fit the general label. If you lead a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly, your chances of getting venous reflux are lower than if you are fat and sedentary. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. And maintain your weight at an acceptable level.

Why Goldman Vein Institute?

The doctors at the Goldman Vein Institute in Wellington are specially trained and board certified in the treatment of venous reflux condition. We also make sure that the unsightly look of thick, bulging veins is treated deeply and superficially without leaving any scars. Our treatment also reduces the likelihood of the disease recurring.

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