Here is a short video explaining vein disease and how it can impact your life.
Tampa Vein Care with APC
APC offers a wide array of contemporary vein treatment options to our patients. Our staff is significantly experienced in the latest vein care modalities for improving outward appearance and treating the root cause of annoying and sometimes debilitating vein issues.
- Approximately half of the U.S. population has venous disease.
- Venous disease is a progressive disease that is not curable.
- For most people, even debilitating symptoms are completely treatable.
- Proper treatment means evaluating your complete venous system.
What is Vein Disease?
Venous disease is defined as the impairment of blood flow towards your heart. Our legs are comprised of a network of veins that are similar to branches on a tree: they contain large, or major veins and increasingly smaller veins. Oxygenated blood is constantly being pumped from the heart to the rest of our bodies through arteries. It is the job of our veins to carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart.
Healthy veins have valves which open and close to assist the return of blood to the heart. Venous disease (also called vein insufficiency or venous reflux), occurs if these valves become damaged, allowing the backward flow of blood in the legs. Because gravity works on the legs more than on other parts of the body, these vein walls are under tremendous pressure. When blood cannot be properly returned through the vein, it can pool, leading to a feeling of heaviness and fatigue, causing varicose veins and other skin changes.
Symptoms of Vein Disease
Spider vein is the common term for blue or purple-colored veins that occur under the skin but are close enough to be seen on the surface. Spider veins can cause physical discomfort, but because of their appearance, they can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness, especially during the summer season. Spider veins are an indication of early stage venous disease, and treating them not only can improve appearance but can help stop the progression of venous disease.
Varicose veins are visible veins in the leg that bulge, often protruding through the skin. They are the result of venous insufficiency: blood that pools in the vein because of a faulty valve and causes the protrusion. Varicose veins are a symptom of early stage venous disease.
While symptoms of early stage venous disease are not always painful, it is common to experience discomfort as the disease progresses. This can manifest through fatigue or general discomfort that gets worse over the course of a day or after standing for long periods, and can often be relieved by elevating the legs.
Skin changes can occur during many stages of venous disease. Swelling may occur around the leg, ankles, or around the knees. Brown discoloration that appears as a stain on the skin is a sign of an advanced stage of venous disease. This occurs as a result of blood leaking from the blood vessels and into the skin tissue. This staining can lead to white spots and are a precursor to an ulcer.
Venous stasis ulcers in the leg are often an indication that venous disease has reached an advanced stage. Because venous disease is progressive, venous reflux can often lead to additional valve failure. As a result, the pooling of blood can affect a larger area. When blood pools in the lower leg over a long period of time, the condition is referred to as venous stasis.
Advanced Vein Care offers a wide array of contemporary vein treatment options to our patients. Dr. Dennison is significantly experienced in the latest vein care modalities for improving outward appearance and treating the root cause of annoying and sometimes debilitating vein issues.
Treatment types include both minimally invasive procedures and conservative therapies, either alone or in combination to suit your unique needs. While you can conveniently practice conservative treatments any time or anywhere as needed, highly effective outpatient procedures are performed right in our Tampa Bay vein treatment center under local anesthesia to ensure your utmost comfort and care.
• Compression Therapy
• Duplex Ultrasound
• Endovenous Ablation
• Endovenous Thermal Ablation
• RF ClosureFAST™