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What is venous “reflux” disease, and what are the treatment options?

Venous reflux disease is a very common condition that affects many Americans. Symptoms include varicose veins, pain, heaviness of the legs, swollen limbs, and skin ulcers. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that develop when there is a failure in the venous system. But what exactly is venous ‘reflux’ disease, and how can it be treated.

About venous reflux disease

The legs consist of a network of deep and superficial veins that all take blood to the heart. When the veins are healthy, the valves facilitate the one-way flow of blood to the heart, and prevent blood from flowing back into the veins. However, if the valves become damaged or diseased then a breakdown occurs, often resulting in the backward flow of blood. This condition is referred to as venous ‘reflux’ disease (click here for more info).

Treatment Options

In mild cases of venous reflux disease conservative treatment options are recommended. This may include the use of compression stockings, as well as elevation of the affected leg. However, in more severe cases the VNUS Closure procedure is recommended.

The VNUS Closure Procedure

The Closure procedure is a minimally invasive procedure done under local or general anesthetic, on an outpatient basis. The technique involves the use of a disposable catheter, which is inserted into the damaged vein. The catheter heats the walls of the vein, causing the vein to collapse and then close. There are few side-effects to the Closure procedure, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within 2 days.

Now that you know what exactly what is venous reflux disease, you can contact your physician to find out if it is right for you. If you are in the Francisco Bay area, you can schedule a consultation with Armen Serebrakian, MD of the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. Please call (510)724-8282 to make your appointment.