Promptly Treating a Variety of Venous Diseases
When it comes to treating cardiovascular and venous diseases, trust none other than Cardiovascular & Vein Center of Florida in Bradenton, FL. Our physicians will do whatever they can to ensure that your veins will function properly so that the blood will be pumped back to your heart.
How Our Venous System Works
Once the blood’s oxygen and nutrients have already been used by our body organs and tissues, our venous system is responsible for returning our blood to the heart. Our veins act as a blood reservoir for the body. They are normally only partially filled with blood, and overall, they contain about 75% of the circulating blood volume.
To handle changes in volume, our veins can stretch much more easily than our thicker, more muscular arteries. Because the venous system has low pressure and much of the blood returning to the heart has to work against gravity, the veins in our limbs contain valves that ensure blood movement flows in only one direction—toward the heart. When a problem occurs, a patient may require chronic venous insufficiency treatment.
Treating Incompetent Valves and Venous Reflux
When the valves in our veins fail to work properly, the blood flows backward or refluxes. This situation usually occurs because of the increased pressure within our vein when it is obstructed with a venous thrombus or during vein compressions due to tumors or injury.
Most of the time, reflux happens because of a vein stretching around our valve. This separates the edges of the bicuspid valves in the veins, making them no longer close tightly. To prevent the complications that come with this situation, our team offers chronic venous insufficiency treatment, which will help the blood to efficiently return to the heart instead of causing it to pool in the extremities.
Causes of Venous Insufficiency
Congestive Heart Failure
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Foot or Leg Swelling
Pain, Pressure, Itching, Tightness, or Heaviness in Calves or Legs
Prolonged Sitting or Standing
Signs and Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency
Skin Color Changes
Causes of Varicose Veins
Older people are more prone to varicose veins.
Compared to men, women are more likely to develop varicose veins.
Your chances of having varicose veins will increase if other family members already have them.
Changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are often associated with developing varicose veins.
Increases in blood volume during pregnancy causes vein distension, and increased pressure from the growing baby adds to the likelihood of developing varicose veins. Hemorrhoids, which are common in pregnant women, are a form of varicose veins.
Excess weight increases pressure on veins.
Without muscle movement, blood pools in the lower extremities and increases pressure on the veins.
Varicose veins sometimes form at the site of an injury where venous damage occurs.
Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Heaviness, Burning, or Aching Sensations in the Legs
Itching or Rash
Legs Tire Easily
Numbness in Legs
Skin Color Changes
VNUS Closure Procedure for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can only be a cosmetic issue for some people, but they can also cause pain and fatigue. To reduce the discomfort of our patients, we offer many options to treat varicose veins, including VNUS closure procedure.
VNUS closure is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. The process includes inserting a closure catheter into a diseased vein through a small opening with the assistance of an ultrasound. Once the catheter is in place, it uses radio-frequency energy to heat the inner wall of the vein, which causes the vein to collapse. After that, the catheter will be removed, and the vein will be sealed closed, making it impossible for blood to accumulate. The blood in the vein will then be rerouted to healthy veins in the area.
VNUS closure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, and it can be done using local or general anesthesia. It is often used as an alternative to vein stripping—a procedure that removes the diseased vein from the body. VNUS closure surgery is less invasive than vein stripping and believed to be less painful because it only requires one small incision to insert the catheter. Even though the diseased vein will remain in the body after the VNUS closure procedure, a collapsed vein that is no longer twisted or swollen can no longer be seen or cause pain.
Results to Expect From VNUS Closure Surgery
Although it may take one up to two weeks to experience the full benefits of VNUS Closure, most patients notice an immediate improvement in symptoms, including a dramatic reduction in the visible appearance of varicose veins. Procedures that take advantage of the latest advancements, including the use of the ClosureFast Procedure, have shown a 97.4% efficacy rate.
Most patients experience little to no scarring, swelling, or bruising from the treatment, and they are able to resume normal activities within one to two days. Depending on your symptoms and individual coverage, VNUS closure procedure and other vein treatments may be covered by your insurance.
New Treatment for Spider Veins: VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System
We use state-of-the-art technology to help treat spider veins, telangiectasia, or thread veins. In addition to sclerotherapy and laser treatment, our physicians also perform ohmic thermolysis to reduce the appearance of these spider veins and thread veins. This new procedure has been useful especially for veins that have not responded well to other forms of treatment.
Ohmic thermolysis uses electrical resistivity to get rid of unsightly spider veins/telangiectasia. The process includes inserting a very thin probe into the vessel as well as sending microbursts of high-frequency energy (4 MHz) into the vein. These bursts of electrical energy create heat, which causes the blood in our veins to coagulate and the vessel wall to collapse. After that, the empty, collapsed vessel will be absorbed by the body.
Our physicians perform ohmic thermolysis with the VeinGogh ohmic thermolysis system, which uses proprietary Microburst Technology™ for improved results. This administers the electrical energy down toward the vessel and away from the outer layers of the skin, which helps minimize scarring and discomfort. The pulsing of the Microburst Technology™ also enables our physicians to have more control, minimizing the risk of damage and paving the way to more accurate and consistent results. The pulse of electrical energy is controlled by a foot pedal that is attached to the hair-thin probe. Unlike other vein treatment options, ohmic thermolysis can be performed on any skin type.