Understanding Vein Health

Healthy veins are like a well-oiled machine, transporting blood to the heart with ease. As you age, veins can become overworked and lose their functionality. Because veins work against gravity to send blood upward, vein diseases often cause blood to pool in the legs. 

For many people, vein complications can cause uncomfortable circulation issues. At Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, we help patients maintain, prevent and treat venous diseases. 

Understanding Vein Health
Understanding Vein Health

What Is Vein Disease?

Venous diseases occur when the vein valves fail to transport blood to the heart. This process can happen gradually with age or result from other conditions. Common risk factors include the following:

  • Obesity
  • Extended sitting or standing 
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Smoking

We see vein diseases in many forms at our clinic in Houston. Common venous diseases include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis: Healthy blood clots help your body heal from an injury. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when harmful blood clots block the veins and cause pooling in the legs. This is a serious condition in which clots form in the deep vein of your legs or thighs. This clot can move to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism (PE). PE is managed with blood thinners, although severe PE may require surgical procedures to remove the clot.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency: Chronic venous insufficiency develops when the valves are unable to hold the flow of blood against gravity. This condition can cause pain, cramping, swelling, skin changes and ulcers.
  • Varicose veins: Faulty valves can cause varicose veins, which are enlarged veins that can lead to leg pain, swelling or ulcers. Varicose veins often bulge near the skin’s surface around the ankles or knees.

 

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Symptoms of Vein Disease

Venous diseases look different for every patient. Some symptoms may not seem severe but can be warning signs for a more significant issue. To avoid the consequences of untreated venous diseases, look for these symptoms:

  • Spider veins
  • Skin hardening
  • Muscle heaviness or cramps
  • Itching, burning sensation
  • Leg pain
  • Bumps or swollen skin
Understanding Vein Health
Understanding Vein Health

Vein Disease Treatment Options

At Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, we help you overcome your vein complications with simple, minimally invasive treatment. Our experts are specialists in the field with years of experience to inform their diagnoses and decisions. 

Our providers offer the following venous disease treatments:

  • VenaSeal: VenaSeal is a minimally invasive procedure that uses medical glue to seal a refluxing vein. Once the vein is closed, the blood naturally redirects to healthy passageways. 
  • Radiofrequency ablation: Our team offers radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for patients with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. This procedure injects a small catheter and uses heat to collapse the vein safely. The trapped blood eventually moves to a healthy vein, and the diseased vein disappears.
  • Microphlebectomy: Microphlebectomy procedures can be used alongside other treatments to improve aesthetic results. Your provider will use a small tool to create incisions and remove the diseased vein.
  • Sclerotherapy: Patients may prefer sclerotherapy treatment for small, cosmetic vein issues. This procedure uses a small needle to inject a sealing agent, which causes spider veins to fade over time.

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Understanding Vein Health
Understanding Vein Health

Contact Us for Vein Disease Treatment in Houston 

Your veins are a necessary part of your overall health. If you notice worsening conditions in your legs or veins, get ahead of the issue and visit our vein clinic in Houston. Texas Vein & Wellness Institute has the expertise and tools to help you feel and look better!

As two of seven accredited vein treatment centers in Texas, we provide unmatched medical care. With offices in Brenham and Houston, we are eager to address your health care needs. Book an appointment online or call us at 281-888-1464!

Understanding Vein Health

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