Venous disease and varicose veins afflict over 40 million Americans – nearly 25% of all women and 15% of men. When the one-way valves in your veins fail to function properly, blood leaks through these valves traveling down the vessels towards the feet rather than northward back to the heart. The blood then overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in symptomatic varicose veins – a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency.
Venous disease, if left untreated can lead to a more advanced disease process including;
- Development of lower extremity venous ulcerations
- Blood clots
- Bleeding varicose veins / spider veins
- Continual worsening of symptoms & cosmetic appearance