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 include:
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. 

Treating Venous Insufficiency

Treatment 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 implemented.

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. 

Endovenous laser 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 Insufficiency

Persons 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 time
  • Elevating your legs
  • Treating blood clots
  • Wearing compression stockings

About Physicians Vein Clinics

Thank You For Choosing Physicians Vein Clinics

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:
  1. 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.
  2. We will diagnose your vein issues and discuss expected outcomes with you.
  3. 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.

Featured Specialist for Venous Insufficiency Treatment in Sioux Falls, SD

Physicians Vein Clinics

Lornell E. Hansen II, M.D.

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3401 S. Kelley Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

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