Venous Reflux Disease (Varicose Veins)
Nearly 24 million Americans suffer from venous reflux disease, a condition in the venous systems, which can cause varicose veins. The condition is not merely cosmetic. It's a serious health condition that can cause throbbing and fatigue.
A Network of Veins and Vessels
Your legs are made up of a network of veins and vessels that carry blood back to the heart. The venous system is comprised of three types of veins: deep veins, superficial veins (veins closer to the skin) , and perforating veins (veins that connect the deep system with the superficial system).
What is Venous Reflux Disease?
Venous reflux disease is when valves in the vein become damaged or diseased, resulting in reflux or backward blood flow in the veins, pooling of blood (causing pressure in the leg veins), vein failure and dilated surface veins.
Symptoms of Venous Reflux Disease
- Leg heaviness and fatigue
- Skin changes and skin ulcers
- Varicose veins
- Swollen limbs
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Treatment at Grand View
At Grand View, we offer an outpatient treatment that closes varicose veins in a short, painless procedure. Radiofrequency occlusion is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux. Patients can walk away from the vein procedure and return to everyday activities, either at home or at work, typically within a day.
How the Procedure Works
Physicians close the diseased veins by inserting a small tube, called a catheter, into a vein and heating the vein wall. This causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the problem vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally re-routes to healthy veins.
For more information on varicose vein treatment at Grand View, call the Vascular Care Coordinator at 215-453-4314.
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