Venous Insufficiency

What is Venous Insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when your leg veins do not allow blood to flow back up to your heart. Normally, the valves in your veins make sure that blood flows toward your heart. But when these valves do not work well, blood can also flow backward. This can cause blood to collect (pool) in your legs.

Chronic venous insufficiency can develop from common conditions such as varicose veins. It can also occur if something, such as deep vein thrombosis, damages the valves inside the veins.

Over time, as the veins become increasingly weak, they have more trouble sending blood to the heart. Tiny valves in the veins can fail. As a result, blood pools in the lower limbs causing pain, swelling, and other circulation problems.

Not everyone with varicose veins develops chronic venous insufficiency. It is more common in people who have risk factors such as:
  • Female, tall, or obese
  • Family history of chronic venous insufficiency
  • History of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Middle age or older
  • Pregnancy
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
diagram of Varicose veins EVLT treatment
Chronic venous insufficiency is progressive and should be actively managed. An accurate diagnosis from a physician is the first step. The signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:
  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles, especially after prolonged periods of standing
  • Aching or tiredness in the legs
  • Varicose Veins
  • Leathery-looking skin on the legs
  • Flaking or itching skin on legs or feet
  • Reddish-brown colored skin
  • Leg wounds that won’t heal

At Winchester Radiologists, we offer minimally invasive techniques including EVLT and Sclerotherapy services to help patients manage venous insufficiency. Our team of experts utilizes the latest technology to provide effective treatments.

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Benjamin Thompson

My experience with Dr. Couvillon and his team was very positive. I was nervous and apprehensive about my UFE procedure but Dr. Couvillon and his entire team have the medical knowledge and people skills that put my uneasiness to rest quickly. I would recommend this practice to my friends and family. I’m grateful for such a positive medical experience with this facility.

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