Vein Disease Conditions
Vein disease conditions can be extremely diverse and complex. Every patient presents with vein disease differently, and it is important to have an experienced physician conduct a thorough examination prior to diagnosis and discussion of vein treatment options.
Examination usually begins with a patient history and physical exam. In many cases, the physician will use duplex ultrasound to examine your veins. Non-invasive ultrasound allows visualization of your underlying veins and the blood flow within them. Duplex ultrasound has become the gold standard for determining if your veins have faulty flow conditions (e.g. venous reflux or backflow), which can lead to vein disease.
Vein disease conditions that are discussed on this website include:
Varicose Veins - These are swollen, bulging veins that can appear rope-like and be very painful. Varicose veins are often indicative of an underlying vein disease called venous reflux where the valves fail due to vein wall weakening or valve damage.
Spider Veins - These are smaller, red or blue veins on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are commonly found on the leg or face, and usually are primarily a cosmetic concern.
Venous Leg Ulcers - These commonly occur on the lower leg or ankle and involve open wounds that may not heal without treatment. They can be very painful and have a significant impact on quality of life. Venous leg ulcers represent a very serious form of vein disease requiring immediate attention and treatment.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency - This is the term when the varicose veins and/or deeper vein dysfunction are severe enough that lower leg swelling, inflamed tissue and/or leg ulceration develops. Many cases of chronic venous insufficiency vein disease can be improved dramatically with treatment.