If you did not know that there are ways to reverse the symptoms of venous insufficiency, then this blog post is definitely for you.
Chronic venous insufficiency is one of the most underdiagnosed and dangerous circulatory conditions, responsible for most of your vein problems, such as spider veins, varicose veins, leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, leg ulcers, and more.
Venous insufficiency is a circulatory disorder wherein the collapse of vein valves leads to the accumulation of blood in leg veins because of gravity. The continued accumulation of blood in leg veins leads to vascular dilation.
The beginning stages of varicose vein insufficiency are extremely benign and mild. You may experience leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, leg pain, and leg swelling, especially at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting still or standing still.
The initial signs and symptoms of vein insufficiency are easily misattributed to exhaustion, aging, or other factors, so the underlying vein disease remains undiagnosed. However, seeking vein treatment is crucial because venous insufficiency is a chronic condition that worsens with time.
Over time, if you don’t seek treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, you may suffer from varicose veins edema, burst veins, leg ulcers, skin discoloration, and deep vein thrombosis.
That’s why you must consult our highly- skilled vein Doctors, Dr. Steven Heird and Dr. David Winand, who will diagnose and treat the root cause of spider veins and varicose veins, ensuring safe and long-lasting relief from vein disease. Minimally invasive spider veins and varicose vein treatments are the only solutions for vein disease.
Can Chronic Vein Insufficiency be Reversed?
Barring vein treatments, there are no actual means of reversing chronic venous insufficiency. As mentioned previously venous insufficiency happens because of damaged vein valves that can’t be fixed.
However, you can reverse the symptoms of vein disease. The accumulation of blood in leg veins leads to a wide range of symptoms, such as leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, leg swelling, leg pain, spider veins, and varicose veins.
Most of these conditions occur because of excess blood accumulation in leg veins, so you can improve blood circulation to minimize the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency.
Let’s look at a few lifestyle changes that may reverse the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency:
- Compression stockings: You can wear skin-tight compression garments on your legs to apply pressure on the leg veins, pushing some of the accumulated blood to the heart.
- Exercise. You must engage in cardiovascular exercises that activate your calf muscles, such as swimming, cycling, yoga, and running. When you engage the calf muscles, they push some of the accumulated blood to the heart, alleviating leg pain and spider veins.
- Posture: You should elevate your legs above your heart’s level while sitting down. Gravity will force the accumulated blood to flow toward the heart, thus minimizing the worst symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency.
- Movement: Chronic venous insufficiency is particularly common amongst individuals who lead sedentary lifestyles or those whose jobs involve a long period of sitting or standing still, such as nurses, pilots, drivers, and those with desk jobs. If you have a sedentary job, you should walk around and move every 30 minutes to facilitate blood circulation.
You can remove or neutralize the damaged vein completely, thus liberating the accumulated blood to flow into healthier leg veins and restore optimal blood circulation.
Dr. Heird or Dr. Winand will examine your leg veins, review your medical history, discuss your goals and symptoms, and administer ultrasound scans to determine if you have chronic venous insufficiency. After diagnosing the root cause of your vein problems, our doctors curated personalized minimally invasive procedures for you. These procedures conclude within an hour and involve no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately.
Minimally Invasive Vein Treatment Options
- Endovenous Ablation: thermal energy or laser energy is used, channeled via a catheter, to destroy the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems.
- VenSeal Procedure: the medical-grade adhesive is injected into the diseased saphenous vein to seal its wall shut, rerouting the accumulated blood into healthier veins.
- ClariVein Treatment: a specialized catheter is used to destroy the diseased vein’s walls while secreting a sclerosant medicine to make it shrink and fade away.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: diseased varicose veins are physically extracted & removed via small incisions on the skin’s surface.
- Sclerotherapy Treatment: sclerosant medicine is injected into the spider veins to turn them into hardened scar tissue gradually metabolized by the body.
You can implement some lifestyle changes to reverse the symptoms of vein disease temporarily.