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Venous Reflux: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Venous reflux, also known as venous insufficiency, is a progressive vein disease that can cause significant circulatory problems, and that commonly produces varicose veins. In the U.S., approximately 25 million suffer from this condition and about one third suffer from symptoms such as skin changes, edema, varicose veins bleeding, and venous leg ulcers.

Venous reflux occurs when the small valves that force blood up toward the heart no longer function normally. This causes blood to pool in the legs, with the veins becoming thick, bulging, and distended. These veins often result not only in an unattractive appearance, but commonly cause leg pain, aching, tired or weak legs, and burning or itching of the skin.

However, treating varicose veins has been modernized by laser surgery for varicose veins. In fact, two highly effective, non-surgical varicose vein disease treatment options are available today.

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation – After a local anesthesia is administered, a vein specialist doctor introduces a small catheter into the vein with ultrasound guidance. This is followed by a small laser fiber, which delivers gentle laser energy, causing the vein to close. The procedure takes only about 10 minutes to do and requires no hospitalization or surgery center.
  • Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins – During this procedure, a varicose vein specialist uses a tiny needle to introduce an FDA-approved sclerosant into the vein, drops at a time. This gentle, yet effective medication causes the vein to collapse and close. Over time, the closed vein gets absorbed by the body and disappears. The sessions are typically completed in the office, within 20 minutes per leg.

Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding varicose vein removal, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our three convenient locations:

Jupiter 561-625-9853, Wellington 561-790-4550, or West Palm Beach 561-429-8236,

or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter, Wellington, and West Palm Beach Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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