Vein Care to Heal Chronic and Acute Venous Disease
Normally, valves in your deeper leg veins keep blood moving forward toward the heart. When those valves malfunction people suffer from venous insufficiency. With venous insufficiency, vein walls are weakened and valves are damaged. This causes the veins to stay filled with blood, especially when you are standing.
Some people with venous insufficiency develop stasis dermatitis. Blood pools in the veins of the lower leg. Fluid and blood cells leak out of the veins into the skin and other tissues. This may lead to itching and inflammation, which cause more skin changes.
Common symptoms of venous disease
- Dull aching, heaviness or cramping in legs
- Itching and tingling
- Pain that gets worse when standing
- Pain that gets better when legs are raised
- Swelling of the legs
- Redness of the legs and ankles
- Skin color changes around the ankles
- Varicose veins on the surface (superficial)
- Thickening and hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles (lipodermatosclerosis)
- Ulcers on the legs and ankles
- Wound that is slow to heal on the legs or ankles
Vein care treatment options
From non-invasive recommendations such as compression socks to surgery, Franciscan Health offers a full range of care for vein disease:
- Laser ablation
- Bypass surgery
- Angioplasty and stenting
- Venous duplex Doppler ultrasound
Franciscan Health offers Trans Illuminated Powered Phlebectomy (TPPS) and Subfascial Endoscopic Perforator Surgery (SEPS) - providing hope for the thousands of people who find themselves in and out of wound treatment programs due to the serious complications of chronic venous disease, including varicose veins and leg ulcers.
Varicose veins can be painful and unsightly. Using the TPPS procedure, surgeons remove the vein using a small-powered surgical device while viewing the vein with a trans illuminating light.
Venous leg ulcers are caused when a valve connecting a vein in the leg does not work properly, causing blood to flow backward through the veins instead of in the direction of the heart. Increased pressure in the vein and surrounding tissue causes the leg to swell and discolor. An ulcer can form from an injury, bump, or scratch to the affected area.
SEPS is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that not only heals venous leg ulcers in a relatively short period of time; it also treats the underlying condition that causes them.