Do your legs look similar to this? Many people suffer from vein disease and are not diagnosed by their primary care physician. This is frustrating on many levels for vein centers and physicians who specialize in vein treatment.
This patient has an anterior circumflex varicosity off of an anterior accessory saphenous vein that connects into a lateral calf perforator. There are two sources of this patients problem, one at the top of the leg and the other in the lateral mid calf. For complete treatment, both have to be closed. With proper techniques the vein doesn't have to be phlebectomized.
The veins in the human body play an important role in circulation, carrying blood from the distal parts of the body back to the heart. The venous system is a low pressure low energy system in its non diseased state. Yet, as people age, veins give out and problems can develop in the veins and cause a variety of complications. The facts speak for themselves 50% of Americans over the age of 50 has some sort of medical vein disease.
The average patients has vein disease for over a decade before they seek treatment. This is due to early symptoms may seem minor and also start in the 30's and 40's, when most adults bodies are changing rapidly.
In some patients vein disease can become manifest itself in more serious ways, even
life-threatening if they are not treated or diagnosed properly. It is very important to be aware of symptoms and seek medical advice at the earliest sign of a problem.
What is deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep Vein Thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein. Blood clots are usually due to three things: A change in blood chemistry (taking hormones, birth control, herbs or anesthesia). Trauma (self explanatory) and stagnation (long flights, car rides). Blood clots usually develop in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis. In the lower leg many patients complain of a "cramp that just won't go away". In the case of large blood clots the entire leg may swell.
What is pulmonary embolism? (PE)?
Pulmonary Embolism occurs when part or all of a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.
What is chronic venous disease (CVD)?
CVD refers to other chronic conditions related to or caused by veins that become diseased or abnormal. These problems can include:
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a lymphatic obstruction, a blockage of the lymph vessels that drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed.
What is Compression Therapy?
Compression therapy means wearing socks or stockings designed to support your veins and increase circulation in your legs.
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