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What is Venous reflux?

Venous Reflux

Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close assisting in the return of blood from the legs to the heart. When these valves no longer function, the blood begins to travel in both directions. This leads to the pooling of blood in the legs. As a result of venous reflux, the veins in the […]

What are the factors contributing to the development of Venous reflux and varicose veins?

Varicose Veins

A variety of factors contribute to the development of varicose veins and these are: […]

Venous Reflux and the progression to Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous insufficiency (CVI)

1-Varicose Veins, 2-Leg Swelling, 3-Skin Chnages, 4-Skin Ulceration

Venous reflux is a progressive medical condition. What begins as venous reflux, progresses over time into a more serious medical condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). The increased pressure inside the veins secondary to pooling of the blood in the legs, leads to […]

Are Varicose Veins simply a cosmetic issue?

Varicose veins are NOT a cosmetic issue as is commonly believed. If left untreated, they can progress over time to more serious problems such as […]

How are Venous Reflux and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) diagnosed?

Venous Reflux and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) are diagnosed by Dr. Ramaswami in the office using non-invasive ultrasound examination. The test takes around 30 minutes and is the gold-standard for diagnosing the site and severity of venous reflux in the veins of the leg. Dr. Ramaswami will also take a detailed history and do a thorough physical examination to ensure that the problem is not due to other causes.

What is the prevalence of venous disease?

Globally, more than 190 million people are diagnosed with varicose veins or Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). More than 30 million people are affected in the United States and of these, only 1.9 million seek treatment annually.

Are there any non-invasive treatments available for the treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?

The use of graduated compression stockings may ameliorate some of the symptoms associated with Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), eg, leg swelling etc., but does little to treat the underlying problem which is venous reflux.

What are the treatment options available for Venous Reflux?

The traditional treatment of varicose veins included surgery in the operating room with venous ligation and stripping. This was accompanied by significant patient discomfort, leg bruising, pain and delayed recovery. Surgery has for the most part been replaced by minimally invasive venous ablation procedures, which are performed […]