If you are suffering from pain leg pain, contact us at VeinInnovations. Our staff is here to address any questions or concerns that you may have, and can get you on your way to painless, great legs for life!

Do you have bulging, swollen, twisted veins on one or both legs? In addition to the reluctance you feel toward wearing shorts, short skirts, or dresses, it’s likely that your legs frequently feel tired and achy. Do they keep you up at night with restlessness or nocturnal cramping? Is your discomfort worse after long periods of standing or sitting? Sometimes rashes, eczema, and even sores or ulcers can form if the root cause condition of varicose veins – chronic venous insufficiency – is left untreated. It is, after all, a progressive disease.

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, approximately 40 million Americans, most of them women, have varicose veins. Factors that can increase your risk for varicose veins include:

  • Having a parent who suffered from varicose veins
  • Being overweight
  • Insufficient exercise
  • A profession that requires prolonged periods of standing or sitting
  • Smoking
  • Women who have had multiple pregnancies

What Is CVI?venous screening

Varicose veins are often associated with chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, which is the inability of the veins to pump sufficient blood back to the heart. When walking, your leg muscles are squeezing and returning blood to the heart, due to the failure of delicate one-way valves in the veins. When the valves fail, blood can flow backward. When walking, your leg muscles are squeezing and returning blood to the heart. But if the valves are not preventing backward flow, blood can pool and create pressure in the veins. If you sit or stand for long periods, the blood in the leg veins is even more likely to pool, further increasing pressure in the veins. While short periods of increased pressure are not problematic, prolonged periods can cause the flexible vein walls to stretch and weaken, causing further damage to the veins.

CVI often causes leg and ankle swelling. In severe cases, this swelling causes lower leg or foot ulcerations.

What Happens in a Venous Screening?

A physician who specializes in vascular health discusses your medical history, assesses your genetic predisposition for varicose veins and considers your family’s medical history. Your symptoms will be thoroughly reviewed.

A physical exam is performed during which the blood pressure in your legs is measured. Your veins will be closely inspected.

An imaging test called a duplex Doppler ultrasound will be used to measure the severity of your CVI. Sound waves are passed through your legs to allow your doctor to track the blood flow speed and view the structure of your veins.

The ultrasound is painless and is very helpful in determining if your case of CVI is a mild one requiring only the use of compression stockings, or a more serious, requiring medically indicated procedures to close the diseased vein or veins, rerouting blood to healthier veins and relieving the pressure and pain. If procedures are medically indicated, your insurance is likely to cover a major portion, or all, of the procedures, depending on your plan and deductible. VeinInnovations has precertification specialists who will work with you and your insurance company to help you secure precertification.If you are suffering from pain leg pain, contact us at VeinInnovations. Our staff is here to address any questions or concerns that you may have, and can get you on your way to painless, great legs for life!