You don’t have to live with the pain, swelling or unsightly appearance from vein conditions. The experienced specialists at HCA Midwest Health know how to treat and manage your condition with the most effective and least invasive treatment options.
Venous Congestion / Venous Insufficiency
Venous congestion, or venous insufficiency, occurs when the veins in the legs do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. While this condition is not a serious health threat, untreated venous congestion can cause pain, swelling and leg ulcers. Based on your age, overall health and other factors, your doctor will determine your best course of care. Treatment for venous insufficiency may include:
- The first course of treatment for venous congestion will likely be to improve blood flow in your leg veins. Your doctor may recommend elevating your legs to relieve pressure, wearing compression stockings, not crossing your legs while sitting and getting regular exercise.
- Your doctor may prescribe medications that improve blood flow through the vessels, as well as aspirin, to help ulcers heal.
- In more advanced cases of venous congestion, your doctor may recommend ablation. In this treatment, a chemical is injected into the affected veins that cause scarring so they can no longer carry blood. In effect, blood returns to the heart via other veins and the body absorbs the scarred veins.
- Surgery is used as a last resort for patients with venous insufficiency; only about 10% of patients will need surgery. Your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure that ties off the affected vessel so blood no longer flows through it, a surgical procedure that repairs a vein or valves or a surgical procedure in which veins are transplanted within the body.
Venous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment we can use to treat your varicose veins. Bursts of radiofrequency or laser energy are sent through a catheter, which destroys vein wall tissues along the length of the vein.