Venous Insufficiency Specialist

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

Board-Certified General Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Brandon, FL

Venous insufficiency affects up to 40% of the American population and brings many men and women to GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center in Brandon, Florida. Dr. Hall and Dr. Butterick offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment for venous insufficiency that can help you move beyond the condition to enjoy your normal routines again. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the easy online scheduling tool.

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is the medical term used to describe malfunctioning veins. Your veins work to carry blood back to your heart, where it begins the process of oxygenation and recirculation. When that flow of blood is impeded in any way, blood can begin to pool within the veins in your legs.

Venous insufficiency is usually a chronic condition, and it requires treatment to improve. Left untreated, the condition can lead to multiple complications that can negatively impact your health.


What are some symptoms of venous insufficiency?

People experience venous insufficiency in different ways, so not all of these symptoms are present in all affected persons. Common symptoms include:

  • Leg cramps
  • Swelling (edema) in legs and ankles
  • Sensations of aching, heaviness, or throbbing
  • Leg ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Feeling of weakness in the legs
  • Pain that improves when legs are elevated


These symptoms should prompt a call to a vein specialist for proper diagnosis.


How is venous insufficiency diagnosed?

Your doctor begins by discussing your medical history and symptoms, including signs of restless leg syndrome. A physical examination follows to check for skin ulcers, skin tightening, discoloration, or varicose veins.

Imaging can help provide a clearer sense of what’s going on inside your vascular structures. One option is a venogram, which uses intravenous contrast fluid to highlight blood vessels on an X-ray image.

A duplex ultrasound is another diagnostic tool that evaluates the direction and speed of your blood flow. A small handheld device called a transducer is guided over the surface of your skin and delivers sound waves to create an image of the targeted veins.

 

What are treatment options for venous insufficiency?

You and your doctor determine the best treatment path depending on your medical history, current health, and the extent of your venous insufficiency. A customized treatment plan is developed to suit your exact set of needs.

In some cases, compression stockings can improve blood flow and reduce swelling in your legs. Your doctor might also advise elevating your legs, increased exercise, and keep your legs uncrossed while seated.

Medications can help treat venous insufficiency, including anticoagulants, diuretics, and drugs that improve blood flow. However, medications come with a risk of side effects, which is why surgical intervention is often a preferred approach.

Minimally invasive procedures like endoluminal ablation of the saphenous vein can help redirect blood flow to healthy vessels. Ambulatory phlebectomy is another option, which works by removing damaged vein tissue.

If you suffer from chronic vein insufficiency, schedule an appointment at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center to explore treatment paths.