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Chronic Venous Insufficiency Specialist

Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center

Vein Surgeons & Vascular Surgeons located in Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY & Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY

Chronic venous insufficiency is a common condition that affects about 200,000 adults in the United States every year. To get relief from the discomfort, swelling, and changes to your skin, visit Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in Midland Beach of Staten Island and Borough Park of Brooklyn, New York. Vascular surgeons Inam Haq, MD, FACS, and Sushil Samant, MD, FACS, FICS, offer a range of evidence-based and detail-oriented treatments to improve your circulation and comfort. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is chronic venous insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition that prevents blood from flowing through your veins back to your lungs and heart. This happens when the valves in your veins that normally pump blood upward against gravity become dysfunctional. This can then lead to blood pooling in your legs.

If chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated, it may lead to:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Cramps
  • Changes in the color or texture of your skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg ulcers

While these complications aren’t life-threatening, they can be uncomfortable and may reduce your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency?

Many symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency mimic other conditions, so it’s best to be examined by the doctors at Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center for a definitive diagnosis. Possible symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:

  • Swelling in your legs or ankles
  • Tight feeling in your calves
  • Itchy skin
  • Pain when walking that goes away when you rest
  • Brown-colored skin, often near your ankles
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg ulcers
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Leg cramps or muscle spasms

These symptoms depend on the severity of your condition and are generally chronic, meaning they can last months or years. Treatment can reduce the severity or intensity of your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable.

What causes chronic venous insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency is caused by any condition that increases stress on the veins in your legs. These conditions include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy
  • Damage to your leg or the blood vessels in your leg
  • High blood pressure, especially in your legs
  • Deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in your legs
  • Phlebitis, the term for swelling and inflammation of a vein close to the skin

A family history of chronic venous insufficiency and smoking or using tobacco products also increases your risk of developing chronic venous insufficiency.

How is chronic venous insufficiency treated?

Based on your diagnosis, the team may recommend strategies to improve blood flow in your legs, like:

  • Exercising more
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Prescription medications
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgery

Find out which treatment options are best for you by scheduling a visit online or by phone at Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center now.