What Are Venous Disorders?

The venous system refers broadly to your network of veins and how this network connects to other blood vessels and organs in your body. Venous disorders, somewhat predictably, thus affect the venous system of the body. Let’s look at some of the more common problems that can affect your venous system and how we can treat them.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common venous disorder that affects the legs and ankles. These veins can be very painful and uncomfortable, and they can cause swelling and itching. Although some people may not experience any symptoms at all, others can experience restless legs or leg cramps.

This disorder is typically caused by an underlying problem that weakens the walls of the veins. There are two types of varicose veins: primary and secondary. Primary varicose veins are caused by a weakness in the vein wall, which causes the vein to dilate. Secondary varicose veins develop due to trauma or a disorder of the natural venous system. They may also be present at birth.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are not a serious problem, but they can be very uncomfortable. Treatment options for spider veins are available to help you improve your appearance and reduce your self-consciousness. Treatment options vary, depending on the severity of your condition. Some treatments may be temporary, while others may require a longer period of recovery.

Injection therapy can be an effective treatment for spider veins. The procedure is like the one used to treat varicose veins. A solution is injected into the veins to cause a blood clot. Depending on the severity of your spider veins, you may need more than one treatment. After the initial treatment, skin discoloration may persist. If the treatment is successful, the discoloration will eventually disappear. Laser treatment is also effective in destroying small spider veins.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and venous disorders are serious medical conditions that can lead to serious health risks, including pulmonary embolism, and disability. Symptoms of DVT include swelling in the leg or arm, pain, and skin discoloration. The leg or arm may also be warmer than usual, and veins near the skin surface may appear larger than normal. If DVT has reached the abdomen, patients may experience flank pain or abdominal pain. In some cases, a person may even experience seizures.

Fortunately, treatment for DVT is now available to relieve the symptoms and minimise any associated risks. A variety of medications, including anticoagulants and compression stockings, can be prescribed by a doctor. These treatments aim to prevent the blood clot from breaking off or growing any larger. They also aim to reduce the risk of future blood clots. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may recommend compression stocking therapy, the prescription of blood thinners, or the insertion of a filter into a large vein in your abdomen.

Vein problems are one of the most common causes of swelling in the lower extremities. A thorough examination and a detailed history of the presentation will help in determining the underlying cause of your swelling. A venous ultrasound examination is a reasonable initial diagnostic test. If the ultrasound shows more than 50% vein blockage, venoplasty or stenting may be necessary.

Treatment Options for Venous Disorders

There are several different methods for treating venous disorders such as varicose and spider veins. In mild cases, simple compression stockings can be used to reduce the appearance of veins and prevent them from expanding further. In more advanced cases, sclerotherapy can be used. This involves injecting a salt solution into the affected vein, which causes scarring and thus reroutes the blood into healthier veins. In more advanced or serious cases, we may use newer, laser-based methods such as the Cutera laser treatment. Before we embark on any treatment programme, we will ensure that you have a full consultation with our medical team to decide on the best treatment option for your specific case.

How Can We Help?

Offering several different treatment methods for venous disorders, we can handle all manner of unsightly and painful vein problems. Our treatments will not only result in an improved aesthetic appearance but will also reduce pain, aid in improving blood flow, and help you regain lost mobility.

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