Vein Reflux

What is venous reflux disease?

When veins weaken and become enlarged, their valves cannot close properly, which leads to venous reflux and impaired drainage of blood from the legs.Vein reflux is most common in veins closest to the skin, the largest of which is the saphenous vein, which runs from the top of the foot to the groin. Symptomatic vein reflux is an advanced stage of the disease that can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life.

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of combinations of signs of vein reflux including leg pain and swelling, painful varicose veins, discoloration or inflammation of the skin, and leg ulcers.

How can vein reflux be treated?

The primary goal in treating symptomatic venous reflux is to eliminate the reflux at its source, usually the great saphenous vein. If a diseased vein is either closed or removed, blood automatically re-routes into other veins without any negative consequences to the patient. A number of treatment options are available and the surgeons at Vein Care Specialists can help determine which treatment is best for you at your consultation.