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Venous Reflux Disease

Venous reflux, also known as venous insufficiency, occurs when the valves that normally assist correct blood flow become diseased. Instead of carrying blood from the legs to the heart and lungs, the valves allow blood flow back into the legs.

The reflux causes pain, cramping and swelling. Sometimes the appearance of the skin will change too, with symptoms such as discoloration and even ulcers in those whose vein reflux disease has gone untreated for a long time. Some sufferers develop spider and varicose veins in association with the disease, while others don’t. Not everyone who has spider or varicose veins has venous reflux disease.

It is important for your health that you receive treatment for vein reflux disease. Left untreated, it can develop into other conditions such as superficial thrombophlebitis. Venous reflux disease does not disappear on its own.

Correct diagnosis of this disease is crucial in selecting an effective treatment. Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your medical history and symptoms, and will use Doppler ultrasound to locate the problem areas in the legs.

A Diagnosis of Venous Reflux Disease. Now What?

Vein stripping and ligation surgery have until recently been the standard procedures for treating venous reflux disease, but both are associated with a high rate of reflux recurrence. The following treatments performed by vascular surgeons are considered highly successful treatment approaches for venous reflux.

Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT): a laser fiber is interested into the problem vein; the laser’s heat causes the walls of the vein to collapse, shrink and disappear.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): following the same concept as in EVLT, RFA involves applying radiofrequency energy through a catheter to the diseased vein.

In order to prevent venous reflux disease, it is recommended that you take breaks if you are regularly on your feet for long periods of time. If you are a nurse or waitress, for example, you are at a higher risk for developing both the venous reflux as well as venous and spider and varicose veins. Wear support hose or compression stockings and exercise on a regular basis to promote proper circulation.

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