Say goodbye to varicose veins
For many people, painful, swollen legs get in the way of everyday activities such as walking and standing. This pain and discomfort can disrupt daily life.
Some of these people have what is called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), also known as venous reflux disease or venous hypertension.
CVI causes blood to collect in veins and could lead to the following issues:
- Swelling in the lower legs and ankles, especially after extended periods of standing.
- Aching or tiredness in the legs.
- Varicose veins.
- Leathery-looking skin on the legs.
- Flaking or itching skin on the legs or feet.
Stasis ulcers (or venous stasis ulcers).
This condition will not go away if you wait. Fortunately, the surgeons at Columbus Community Hospital’s Columbus General Surgery can recognize, treat and prevent painful legs due to CVI. Initial treatment usually begins with your primary care provider. This treatment includes using compression for a minimum of three months, managing your weight and exercising.
Advanced Treatment Options
Columbus General Surgery offers treatments to provide relief from vein conditions.
If exercise, weight loss and compression stockings do not help, you may be interested in VenaSeal or VNUS RF ablation.
VenaSeal is an outpatient procedure during which surgeons deliver a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to seal the diseased veins, rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins and providing symptom relief.
VNUS RF ablation is a procedure that targets the damaged veins using heat. For this procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter inside the vein through a small incision and seals it with radiofrequency energy.
Both procedures are much more efficient and precise than vein stripping procedures.
For more information about VenaSeal or VNUS® RF ablation, call Columbus General Surgery at 402-564-5333.