Dr. Anthony Alfieri of the Delaware Advanced Vein Center in Newark, DE is a vein specialist focusing on venous disease and treatment. If you are having issues with venous disease, please call Delaware Advanced Vein Center to find out how Dr. Alfieri can help you.
What is Venous Disease?
Venous disease refers to conditions related to the veins. The term describes diseases or abnormalities of the veins. It includes a variety of conditions ranging from varicose veins and spider veins to phlebitis and vascular malformations. Chronic venous insufficiencies fall in this category. Leg ulcers, skin changes in the legs and leg swelling and pain all classify as venous diseases as well.
What Are the Symptoms of Venous Disease?
Venous disease may cause aches and pains in the legs. The person’s legs may get tired easier than they did prior to the condition arising. The legs may feel heavy. Swelling is common with venous conditions. In severe cases, the skin may darken. Itching or irritation or a rash is possible as well.
Who’s at Risk?
Women are more at risk for certain venous diseases such as varicose veins. Pregnant women increase their risk even more, especially during the first trimester. A woman becomes more at risk during the last two weeks of her menstrual cycle. People who have a job where they’re on their feet for long periods of time are more at risk, too.
How is Venous Disease Treated?
This varies based on the venous disease the patient has. For instance, sclerotherapy treats spider veins by injecting a sclerosant into the veins. The solution irritates the lining of the veins and causes them to close. Once they close, they reabsorb into the body. Laser surgery uses a laser to heat the vein and damage it. The laser doesn’t hurt the skin, though. It’s more useful for spider veins than varicose veins. Various types of ablation may be used such as endovenous thermal ablation. A coil embolization uses heat through a catheter to collapse the vein. Other treatment options include a surgical vein stripping, an ambulatory phlebectomy or an endoscopic perforator vein surgery.