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Do you have varicose veins and leg swelling? Do your legs feel heavy and ache? Do you have restless legs at night after long days? Do your legs have chronic skin changes - discoloration, itching, flaking skin? You probably have venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is very common but underdiagnosed and undertreated and reduces quality of life. Venous insufficiency is more than just a cosmetic problem. There are solutions, and the Heart Care Group is pleased to announce the addition of venous ablation therapy for symptomatic venous insufficiency. Drs. Kluck, Mangalmurti and Pandey have been trained to perform this outpatient procedure. Although this procedure has been performed for many years, new catheters and technology have made this outpatient procedure quick with minimal discomfort and rapid recovery so you can get back to normal activities within days.
Venous insufficiency affects young and old but traditional therapies have been disappointing, like diuretics, frequent leg elevation and compression stockings. Surgical therapy like vein ligation and stripping have been around for a while but not satisfactory due to its pain and prolonged recovery. Those with professions requiring long periods of standing like nurses, school teachers, hair dressers, barbers and bartenders are at increased risk of developing venous insufficiency. Women with multiple children are also at risk due to increased venous pressure in legs during gestation. Family history of varicose veins also exists.
Our physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are trained in evaluating venous insufficiency. After a consultation you will likely be prescribed a diagnostic utrasound and compression stockings. Upon follow-up, appropriate patients will be scheduled for venous ablation. This is a valid medical procedure and covered by Medicare and private insurances.
The physician performing the procedure uses a mild sedative and local anesthesia to insert a catheter into the culprit vein. The catheter is heated with radiofrequency and the vein is sealed. Within an hour the procedure is done. Blood is rerouted to functioning veins improving venous return. Benefits include less symptoms of venous congestion, including less discomfort, less swelling, reduced skin changes, reduction or loss of varicosites and improvement in ulcerations and sores.
We have had success in our treated patients with visible improvements in their legs and improvement in quality of life. Our patients are resuming a more active lifestyle and attending social events previously not possible.
Please contact The Heart Care Group for more information and to schedule a consultation.
Lori Musolf Neri, RN, MSN, CRNP, CLS