What is Vein Disease?
The circulatory system within the body consists of both vein and arteries. Your arteries travel from the heart and carry oxygenated blood to your organs and tissues, sharing nutrients to all parts of the body. Once the blood reaches its target location, it returns back to the heart via veins. These veins carry deoxygenated blood against gravity with the help of valves. These valves are found about one inch apart and allow the blood to flow in the right direction.
When the valves stop working, blood starts to pool in your veins, causing an array of different problems including swollen ankles, blood clots, leg pain, spider veins, varicose veins, and even ulcers. When the blood is not moving within your deep veins, this is called deep vein thrombosis. If your valves are not functioning properly in the superficial system of veins, this is called venous insufficiency.
Vein Disease Risk Factors
An estimated 30-60% of adults suffer from vein diseases and the incidence increases with age.
Factors associated with the development of vein diseases include:
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Hormonal therapy including birth control pills
- Chronic constipation
Probably, there are multiple factors which contribute to vein diseases, heredity being the most important.
Vein Disease Symptoms
Leg pain, soreness, aching, throbbing, muscle fatigue, and swelling, are often symptoms of vein diseases. The affected varicose veins appear like blue ropes under the skin. At times the affected veins appear like small blue or red lines on the skin. Sometimes these look like spiders within the skin.
Vein Disease Treatment
At Vein Center Houston, we are able to treat your vein conditions without the hassle of a hospital stay. Thanks to less invasive procedures, we are able to treat many varicose and spider veins within our office.
Treatment Options For Vein Disease
Our treatments options include the following:
• Ambulatory Phlebectomy
This procedure uses small, slit-like incisions in the skin to remove varicose and larger spider veins
. It is a great option for superficial veins and large veins that bulge above the skin. Ambulatory phlebectomy
is minimally invasive, and doesn’t require sutures or general anesthesia.
• Cutaneous Laser Therapy
Cutaneous Laser Therapy
targets spider veins and is able to remove them. With the us of a pulse of laser light, a light energy targets the spider vein, causing the vein walls to collapse. Over the course of the next two weeks the body will scavenge and absorb the vein and it will totally disappear.
• Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery
Endovenous Laser Ablation Surgery is able to target diseased veins through tiny incisions in the skin. This procedure closes the vein and reroutes the blood to healthy veins. With the use of ultrasound guidance, this procedure intents to close the diseased vein, not full removal.
is a common procedure for the treatment of both varicose and spider veins. It is one of the most effective treatments for bulging veins in the hands and feet. This medical procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant solution into the prominent veins, which causes their eventual collapse.
• Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Through ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, Dr. Kapusta is able to accurately guide the needle and precisely inject the abnormal veins. Adjacent structures are identified and kept safe from injury. Sometimes the sclerosant solution is mixed with CO2 to create a foam and enhance the effectiveness.
What Happens If Vein Disease Goes Untreated?
If Vein Disease goes untreated it can lead to serious complications. These complications may include changes of the skin color, ulcers, bleeding, swelling and blood clots.
Schedule a Consultation
If you interested in learning more about vein disease and treatments, contact our office at 713.349.8346 to schedule a consultation today.