Did you know that venous disorders affect more than 25 million Americans? That's more than the number of people who suffer from heart disease!
Heredity is the usual cause of venous disorders, but other factors can contribute to the risks of vein disease. These factors include:
- pregnancy - especially multiple pregnancies
- hormonal changes
- a sedentary lifestyle
- habitual standing for long periods of time
- physical damage or trauma
- age and gender
There is a misconception that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem. In fact, varicose veins and spider veins are often symptoms of a serious health problem called venous insufficiency. If left untreated, this disease often progresses and brings with it a series of worsening health problems.
Healthy veins have one-way valves that help pump blood efficiently back up to the heart. When these valves are damaged or weakened, they become insufficient and can no longer prevent blood from flowing backward and pooling in the veins. This increases the pressure in the affected veins and over time additional damage occurs from this pressure.
Treating venous disorders
Varicose veins, spider veins, and venous ulcers are all evidence of venous disorders in the legs or other areas of the body. Treating the venous insufficiency is the only way to mitigate future damage as well as to lessen uncomfortable symptoms and the unsightly appearance. To treat venous disorder in legs, vascular surgeons may use a variety of solutions depending on the patient's particular needs:
- compression stockings
- radiofrequency ablation
- stab phlebectomy
- traditional endovascular surgery.
Only a board certified vascular surgeon like Dr. Aquino has all these options available. Book a consultation with Dr. Aquino to discover a treatment plan to help you feel and look better and to protect the health of your veins.