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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency, also known as varicose veins and vein disease, affects roughly 25-40% of women and 10-20% of men in their lifetimes. At Afzal Clinics in Fridley, Edina, and Woodbury, Minnesota, Kamran Afzal, MD, is a regional expert in chronic venous insufficiency evaluation and treatment and has treated the condition for over a decade. To schedule an appointment, call Afzal Clinics, or book your visit online today.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is chronic venous insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency, commonly known as varicose veins and vein disease, is a medical condition that develops when blood no longer efficiently flows upward from the legs back to your heart. The veins in your legs are configured to carry blood upward against gravity with a series of valves that open and close. When one or more of the valves is faulty or leaky, blood pools in your leg veins.

Individuals experiencing weight challenges or pregnancy are at the highest likelihoods of chronic venous insufficiency, but you can also develop it if you have a family history of the condition or if you damaged your leg during surgery or a traumatic injury.

At Afzal Clinics, the team offers chronic venous insufficiency evaluation and treatment for all stages of the condition. They can help you manage your symptoms through lifestyle changes and advanced clinical care.

What are some common signs of chronic venous insufficiency?

There are numerous common signs of chronic venous insufficiency of which you should be aware. The team at Afzal Clinics evaluates you for your symptoms and may possibly use a test called a Duplex ultrasound to see blood flow inside the vessels of your legs. They can also use it to look at the structure of your leg veins.

Signs you may have chronic venous insufficiency include:

  • Leg and ankle swelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Skin darkening near the ankles
  • Leg and foot ulcers
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Leg cramps

You may mistake some of these symptoms for signs of other health conditions or injuries. It’s important to get a specialist’s diagnosis when you notice symptoms typical of chronic venous insufficiency and similar conditions because of complications like pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis.

What are the treatments for chronic venous insufficiency?

As experts in treating chronic venous insufficiency, the team at Afzal Clinics provides you with individualized care to give you the best possible results. Many cases of chronic venous insufficiency respond extremely well to simple lifestyle changes like getting more exercise. For more serious cases, the team may recommend:

  • Compression stockings
  • Venaseal
  • Endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation
  • Varithena
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgical ligation

Non surgical, in office procedures can alleviate symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. You can trust the team at Afzal Clinics to collaborate on your care and recovery. 

Book an appointment over the phone or online at Afzal Clinics for chronic venous insufficiency evaluation and treatment today.