The veins in our lower body are tasked with carrying our blood to our heart. Our valves and veins stop the blood from flowing backwards and pooling. When the veins and valves are not working properly, it is called venous insufficiency. The most common causes of venous insufficiency are varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and spider veins.
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What are the symptoms of venous insufficiency?
For varicose veins, the valves are often missing or not working correctly, causing blood and fluid to leak back through the damaged valves. The pressure can cause the veins to become inflamed, which can cause swelling and pain.
The symptoms include:
- Swelling in legs or ankles
- Pain that gets worse when you stand and gets better when you elevate your legs
- Leg cramps
- Feeling of heaviness in your legs
- Itchy legs
- Weak legs
- Leg ulcers
What care does the Ochsner Baptist Vein Clinic provide?
Venous insufficiency is diagnosed with a special ultrasound on the lower body. At the Ochsner Baptist Vein Clinic, the team is focused on medical management and treatment of venous disorders of the lower body. The medical management treatment options include: compression stockings, elevations, and pneumatic pumps. The treatment therapy options include: endo venous laser treatment, stab phlebectomy and sclerotherapy of spider/reticular veins.
Treatment for venous insufficiency is often covered by insurance. We also provide low cost sclerotherapy, injecting a solution directly into the vein, for patients whose insurance does not cover it.
Contact: Ochsner Vein Center
4429 Clara St. Suite 330, New Orleans, LA 70115