It is estimated that 24 million Americans have venous reflux disease. 45% of women over the age of 40 and 72% of women over the age of 60 suffer from some form of venous disease. It is about half that amount for men. The disorder can cause your legs to ache, feel tired or heavy after being on your feet for an extended period of time. Burning and itching can also occur. It is also one of the main causes of restless leg syndrome. Do your ankles ever swell after a long plane or car ride? You could have venous reflux disease.
The good news is that with proper examination and testing, venous reflux can be identified, even in its early stages. A specialized Duplex ultrasound, performed by technicians trained in venous disorders, can determine if any valves are leaking in the deep, superficial, or perforator veins. Once this information is analyzed by a vein specialist, a treatment plan can be developed that can correct the vast majority of people.
Definitive treatment consists of closing down the leaking veins. Over the past 10 years, technology has transformed this from painful veins stripping to a virtually painless office procedure that takes less than an hour to complete- with no down time. Patients can drive themselves to the office, get the procedure done under local anesthesia, drive home and resume their normal daily activities.
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