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Venous Conditions & Treatments

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins in the body, most commonly in the lower extremities.  You are more at risk for developing a DVT if you are sedentary for long periods of time, elderly, obese, have had recent surgery, or on hormonal therapy.

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Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is the most common cardiovascular disorder and is caused by malfunctioning valves in the venous system of the lower legs. When the valves do not work properly, blood pools in the lower legs causing increased pressure, leading to sensations of heaviness and pain. 

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) affects women causing a chronic dull pelvic pain and a feeling of pressure and heaviness in the groin. PCS is often associated with varicose veins in the lower abdomen, groin, and ovaries.

Lymphedema is a condition in which improper fluid drainage from the lymphatic system leads to a build up of lymph fluid and severe swelling in the extremities. This can closely mimic venous obstruction or heart failure.

May-Thurner Syndrome is a rare anatomic process affecting men and women often discovered between the ages of 20-45, that causes severe left leg swelling, pain, pressure, and leg heaviness. 

A common complication of post-thrombotic syndrome can occur in patients after experiencing a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).  The small valves found inside the veins in the arms and legs allow/help the blood to flow properly in the body. If a DVT occurs, the clot/blockage can damage the valves, preventing proper blood flow from happening.

Spider veins are small veins that are visible through the skin and appear in a weblike pattern. These fine, dilated blood vessels typically appear close to the surface of the skin, resembling spider webs or tree branches. They may look blue, purple, or red and tend to appear on the legs, ankles, feet, face, and pelvic area. While there are usually no symptoms associated with spider veins, they can rarely cause some discomfort – especially after standing for extended periods.

Reticular veins are another type of vein that is visible below your skin that develop as a result of valve dysfunction in the veins. These veins are larger than spider or telangiectasia veins, but don’t bulge out like varicose veins. These veins may cause some pain and discomfort.

Skin ulcers, also known as venous ulcers or venous stasis ulcers, are open wounds that develop on the skin, typically on the lower legs or ankles. These ulcers are often caused by underlying venous insufficiency, which leads to poor circulation and increased pressure in the veins of the legs.

Lipodermatosclerosis is characterized by inflammation and fibrosis (hardening) of the skin and underlying fatty tissue, typically affecting the lower legs. It is often associated with chronic venous insufficiency, where damaged vein valves lead to poor circulation and increased pressure in the leg veins.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), is a neurological disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations such as crawling, tingling, or burning. Symptoms typically worsen during periods of inactivity or at night, leading to difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Dermatitis refers to inflammation of the skin, which can manifest as redness, swelling, itching, and sometimes blistering or scaling. It encompasses a range of conditions, including contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), seborrheic dermatitis, and others.

Phlebolymphedema is a chronic condition characterized by a combination of venous insufficiency and lymphatic dysfunction. It involves impaired circulation in the veins, leading to fluid buildup (edema) in the affected limb, along with lymphatic dysfunction, which further contributes to swelling and tissue damage.


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