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If you or someone you love has aches, itchiness, heaviness, swelling, cramping, restlessness, spider veins or bulging varicose veins in the legs, these could be signs of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition that occurs when vein walls or valves malfunction and cause blood to pool in the veins. Educating yourself on CVI and its related conditions is a start, and finding the right doctor to treat you means greater mobility and quality of life.
If you or someone you know has CVI (clinical presentations include spider veins, varicose veins, leg swelling, or in severe cases leg ulcers), VeinDirectory.org is one of the longest-standing, most reputable vein educational resources and doctor directories on the internet.
Since 2008, we’ve been helping people by connecting them with highly-qualified vein specialists and by providing them all the information they need to make informed decisions about their care.
VeinDirectory.org is part of the eDoctors group of websites, which is known for its medical niches and is owned and operated by Internet Brands, an integrated web solutions company in El Segundo, California.
As part of Internet Brands and the eDoctors group of websites, VeinDirectory.org is fitted with a team of product managers, project managers, sales consultants, engineers, UX designers, marketing specialists, editors, and customer service providers who are focused on helping customers find doctors and doctors to meet new patients.
VeinDirectory.org is also the publisher of VEIN Magazine—a 10-year-old semi-annual trade publication for vein specialists and those associated with venous and lymphatic treatment. VEIN Magazine is strategically associated with 15 renowned venous societies and organizations—including Vascular InterVentional Advances (VIVA), the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (formerly the American College of Phlebology), and American Venous Forum (AVF).
Get all the information and support you need to manage vein disease. Use our website to find a doctor in your area, ask a doctor in our network a question, check out before and after images, and read up in our article library.
Connect with credentialed surgeons near you by clicking the “Find a Doctor” tab in the top navigation. Simply type in your city or zip code, or search by state.
You’ll receive a list of vein specialists up to 100 miles away. Narrow your results by treatment type, gender, affiliations, and language.
View each doctor’s individual profile and learn where they studied, who they’re certified by, where they’re located, the services they provide, the procedure they specialize in, and more. Then, request an appointment right on the page.
The Ask a Doctor feature lets you anonymously pose your question to experts from all over the United States and receive timely responses from real vein specialists in your inbox.
It’s also likely that others have had the same questions you have now. Tour our Ask a Doctor database of questions and answers to explore a range of queries and discover concise replies.
Simply hit “Ask a Doctor” in the top navigation and either ask a question or use the search bar to see if your question already exists.
Choose from dozens of articles to learn about various vein conditions and to understand how vein treatments are performed, the latest surgical techniques, how you’ll recover and when, what to expect, what the results or success rates may be, and how procedures stack up to one another. Also, find out ways to prevent and manage problem veins.
Search for symptoms, treatments, and more in the search bar at the top of the homepage. Or, hit the “Treatmens & Info” tab above the bar to select from more than 9 categories.
Once you better understand your condition and which procedures might be best for you, go through our image gallery to see the results other patients have had. From the mildest to most severe cases of CVI, the “Before and After” tab in the top navigation gives you full transparency.
Select a particular procedure, or flip through them all to discover the kinds of outcomes you can expect from each vein specialist in VeinDirectory’s network.
VEIN Magazine is the industry’s semi-annual magazine focused on keeping those working in the vein field up to date with medical advancements and industry goings-on.
No matter if you’re a vein specialist or someone looking to enhance their knowledge about vein disease and treatment, VEIN Magazine offers a wealth of knowledge about vein disease, practice management, techniques and technologies, quality patient care, highlights within the field, and news and new products.
It is estimated that 40 percent of Americans have CVI, with the annual incidence being 2 to 6 percent in women and 1.9 percent in men.
The veins in your legs have one-way valves that push blood up and back to the heart. With CVI, the valves malfunction due to excessive pressure on the veins, or the vein walls becoming lax. Blood reverses course, flowing back down into the legs, where it collects in the veins.
Those who have a genetic disposition or who have a blood clot in the deep veins (deep vein thrombosis) may be at greater risk of developing CVI. Factors particularly affecting women include multiple pregnancies, age, and hormone fluctuations. For both sexes, lifestyle habits like being sedentary or sitting or standing for long periods are additional causes.
Initially, you may not experience symptoms, but as the disease progresses symptoms start to crop up and can make getting around difficult, if not discomforting.
Varicose veins are perhaps the most recognized feature of CVI, affecting at least 20 million Americans. But if the disease goes untreated, varicose veins may be secondary to ulcers, skin infections, lymphedema, and tissue damage.
While spider veins—those red or purple veins that create a web-like or tree-branch pattern—are often just a cosmetic concern, when they cause nagging symptoms like itching, swelling, leg fatigue, and cramps, they signal a vein-related condition is the root cause.
The goal of CVI treatment is to stop swelling, prevent leg ulcers, improve blood flow, enhance mobility, and boost your quality of life.
After you’ve had a venous reflux exam to evaluate your vein function, check for venous reflux, and ensure there are no blockages in your veins, the vein specialist will discuss several treatment options.