Venous Insufficiency Treatment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (SD)
When the valves within your veins are
unable to effectively send blood from your legs back to your heart, and instead
blood pools in the leg veins, the condition is known as venous insufficiency,
and it can result in a variety of physical symptoms (e.g. pain, swelling,
varicose veins, spider veins and leg ulcers).
Diagnosing Venous Insufficiency
Your vein specialist will conduct a physical examination and
look at your medical history, but will also conduct diagnostic tests since
symptoms of venous insufficiency can resemble other conditions. They may
Duplex ultrasound – sound waves are used to measure blood
flow and the structure of the veins in your legs
Venogram – X-rays and intravenous contrast dye are used to
capture of view of your veins and study blood flow.
often begins with self-care (e.g. wearing compression stockings, avoiding
standing and sitting for prolonged periods, medication, elevating the legs and
exercising regularly). However, there are a number of procedures that can be
Treating Venous Insufficiency
Sclerotherapy – a
chemical solution is injected into your vein with a very fine needle. The
solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to inflame and harden
into scar tissue. The hardened tissue
shuts down the vein and, over time, the scar tissue is absorbed by the body. Through
absorption, the vein shrinks, making it no longer visible at the surface. To
counteract the loss of the vein, blood is re-routed to the heart through healthy,
functioning veins located deeper within the venous system.
ablation (ELA) - a laser fiber is inserted through the skin and into your
incompetent vein. The laser heats the lining of the vein, causing it to
collapse, shrink and eventually disappear.
Vein stripping and ligation – this outpatient procedure involves tying the
veins shut and removing them through incisions in your skin.
Valve repair – the valves can be surgically repaired via an
open incision in the skin or by using a long, hollow catheter through which
small instruments can be passed through and used to make the surgical repair. Repairs
can include, but are not limited to, using sutures or a piece of healthy tissue
(graft) to seal off areas where blood is leaking through the vein, or inserting
a stent to keep the valve propped open.
Vein transplant – here, the diseased vein is replaced with a
healthy vein that is taken from another area of the body.
Preventing Venous InsufficiencyPersons who are obese, pregnant or have a family history of
venous insufficiency are at greater risk of developing the condition, as are
those who have had leg trauma or previous blood clots. However, there are some
lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your chances of developing
chronic insufficiency, including:
- Managing your weight
- Exercising regularly
- Quitting smoking
- Managing your blood pressure
- Avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of
- Elevating your legs
- Treating blood clots
- Wearing compression stockings
About Physicians Vein Clinics
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Physicians Vein Clinics is proud to offer the region’s finest vein removal services, using state-of-the-art technology and the skill of a board certified vein physician and laser expert.
About that free screening…
If you have ever wondered whether or not your vein problems can be easily fixed, find out with a free screening at Physicians Vein Clinics. The screening won’t take long and you’re under no obligation to receive further services. We should also be able to tell you whether your insurance will cover the procedure.
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Your free screening consists of three steps:
- We will review your medical history and perform a visual exam of the problem area. If necessary, an ultrasound examination will be obtained to identify the underlying cause of your problem. The ultrasound diagnosis isn’t needed very often, but if it is, this is a separate diagnostic test that requires billing to your insurance.
- We will diagnose your vein issues and discuss expected outcomes with you.
- Dr. Hansen will perform a visual exam and talk over the next course of action with you. If it is determined that your case is medical in nature, we will schedule a consult that consists of mapping and drawing your veins to prove venous deficiency and submit it to your insurance company. If the problems are cosmetic, they will discuss costs and treatment options with you.
Once you decide to move forward with treatment, we will work around your schedule to perform the procedures. Each outpatient procedure is different, but you should expect to return to normal activities in no time with minimal discomfort. Your specific treatment expectations and after-care will be discussed in detail prior to your appointment. Our professional and friendly staff is here to answer all your questions and make your time with us comfortable.