Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Disease
Venous disease currently affects over half of the U.S. population and is most common in women and people over fifty. Of those affected, only 10 to 15 percent of men and 20 to 25 percent of women will show visible symptoms in the form of spider or varicose veins. Non-visible symptoms include itching, burning, swelling, and/or a general feeling of heaviness or discomfort in the legs, symptoms that often get progressively worse throughout the day. A number of factors can increase a person’s risk for developing venous disease, including heredity, age, gender, obesity, pregnancy, and whether a person’s job requires them to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
What is Venous Disease?
The two most common signs of venous disorders are varicose veins and spider veins. While spider veins are actually a cosmetic problem that in themselves pose no medical problem, they can be a sign of future veinous. Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins caused by a weakening in the valves, resulting in abnormal forward flow of blood and backward leakage of blood, also known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Furthermore, CVI can also lead to the development of ulcers, which are shallow, non-healing wounds usually found on the insides of the lower legs.
How is Venous Disease Treated?
The Tampa Cardiovascular Associates offer many treatment options for addressing venous disorders and are proud to be one of a select few cardiology practices that offer upright ultrasound vein mapping to better evaluate vein disease. Our Vein Center utilizes state-of-the-art technology and only the most up-to-date and current procedures in use today:
This revolutionary new technique utilizes high-frequency radio waves to apply intense levels of heat to varicose veins, leading to the veins’ closure while causing minimal bruising and bleeding. The procedure is relatively painless and can be performed quickly, efficiently, and comfortably in our offices.MOCA™ Varicose Vein Treatment Using the Clarivein™ Catheter
This technique utilizes two separate methods to achieve vein closure. A rotating catheter tip provides mechanical agitation of the vessel endothelium, the thin layer of cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels, while a sclerosant drug injected from the tip of the catheter provides chemical closure of the vein. This technique does not require the use of local anesthesia and is essentially painless. The physicians at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates will decide whether this technique is appropriate for you.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure that involves a sclerosant solution being injected directly into the problem vein, causing it to shrink and eventually disappear over time. Multiple treatments are usually required to achieve the desired results, though few patients will complain of any pain or discomfort and are usually able to resume normal activities almost immediately.
Depending on the severity of the condition, at certain times veins can only be treated with surgical methods. This procedure is also a minimally invasive office-based procedure, involving the removal of varicose veins via multiple short, 2 to 3mm incisions. This procedure is reserved only for large varicose veins that do not respond to less invasive forms of therapy.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of venous disease, please contact the Tampa Cardiovascular Associates and schedule an appointment at our Tampa vein center today!