Vein Disease

Conditions Treated

Veins play a vital role in circulation, providing a pathway for blood to travel throughout our body reaching all our essential organs. Sometimes veins can develop complications that slow or stop blood flow to our extremities, heart, and other organs. Following are highlights of vein diseases our vascular experts commonly treat.

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis, UTIs and aging joints are among the possible causes of persistent achiness in the pelvis, anterior abdominal wall, lower back, or buttocks. However, if pain is caused by a vein condition, our vascular providers can help. Treatments are available to relieve the disabling, persistent pain in the pelvic area. Chronic pelvic pain can be a symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome or pelvic varicose veins.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

DVT is a serious condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the body. Often occurring in the legs, the blood clot can happen anywhere throughout the body and travel to the lungs. DVT is primarily caused by a sedentary lifestyle, surgery or injury, or certain medications. Treatment is essential to improve blood circulation and reduce clotting. If a patient is experiencing symptoms such as leg swelling, leg pain, and burning sensations, an evaluation by a vascular provider is highly recommended.

Iliac Vein Stenosis

Also called iliac vein compression or May-Thurner Syndrome, in this condition the left iliac vein narrows due to pressure from the right iliac vein. This occurs in the pelvic area and blood flow is compromised, potentially leading to serious consequences including deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Your legs may also experience pain, edema, sores and ulcers and discoloration. The condition is most common in women with a sedentary lifestyle who have used oral birth control pills or have given birth. Treatment of the compressed vein will improve blood flow and relieve symptoms.

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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Varicose veins not only occur in the legs, but they can also occur in a woman’s pelvis and lower abdomen. Also called pelvic varicose veins, this condition causes discomfort and pain. Valves in the veins malfunction, causing blood to pool. Veins enlarge and swell, resulting in a constant dull pain that often increases during menstruation. Diagnosis can be made after pain has been present for 6 months or more. Symptoms usually begin during or after pregnancy. Treatment for pelvic varicose veins can alleviate symptoms and reduce the chronic pain.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Symptoms of restless leg syndrome include itchiness, prickliness, and all over discomfort. Since these symptoms happen more while at rest, many patients experience disrupted sleep. Up to 22% of patients with RLS also have venous insufficiency. Treatment for venous insufficiency by one of our vascular providers brings relief to patients suffering from RLS symptoms.

Spider Veins

Small, thin, almost thread-like lines on the legs are called spider veins. These are caused by clustering of tiny blood vessels under the skin. For many patients, spider veins do not cause discomfort, while other patients experience itching and pain. Often hereditary, spider veins can also be caused by long periods of standing or sitting, or pregnancy. Spider veins can indicate venous insufficiency, so a thorough examination by a vascular specialist is recommended.

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Varicoceles, sometimes called testicular varicose veins, are varicose veins in a male’s scrotum, or testicles. The veins fill with blood, causing the area to enlarge. Varicoceles can cause mild to severe symptoms, from slight discomfort to intense pain and infertility. Treatment by our expert vascular providers can repair the blood flow and, in many cases, restore fertility.

Varicose Veins

Up to 25% of American adults will experience varicose veins, with the condition most often occurring in women. When veins in the legs weaken, they become enlarged and filled with blood. Varicose veins will appear lumpy, bulging and bluish-purplish in color. The patient’s legs may hurt, itch, swell, feel heavy and burn. Treatment is available to repair circulation, prevent blood from pooling, and improve the appearance of legs.

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