As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels, called the circulatory system. The vessels are flexible, hollow tubes that carry blood to every part of the body.
- Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart.
- Veins return oxygen-poor blood back to the heart.
Veins are flexible, hollow tubes with flaps inside called valves. When your muscles contract, the valves open and allow blood to move through the veins. When your muscles relax, the valves close, keeping blood flowing in one direction through the veins. Veins become larger as they get closer to the heart.
If the valves inside your veins become damaged as a result of venous disease, the valves may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward or flow in both directions.
When that happens you could experience:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Superficial venous thrombosis
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Varicose and spider veins
Some common symptoms of venous disorders include:
- Swelling in the legs or ankles
- Pain or cramps in the legs
- Skin discoloration
- Leg ulcers or open wounds
- White atrophy
- Heaviness in the legs
We’ve successfully treated scores of patients with venous disorders and have been able to reduce the symptoms and risk of complications.