Venous Insufficiency

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

Venous insufficiency affects up to 40% of people in the United States. With venous insufficiency, damage to the veins in your legs makes it harder for the veins to return blood to your heart. Without proper treatment, venous insufficiency may lead to leg pain, swelling, or ulcers that won’t heal. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, take a personalized approach to care. They use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat venous insufficiency. Contact the office nearest you by phone or online today to book an appointment.

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a chronic circulatory condition that affects the veins in your legs. Your veins push blood back to your heart and lungs. The veins in your legs must push against gravity to help return the blood. 

Muscles in your feet and legs contract and relax to help move your blood back to your heart. Valves in your veins open and close to prevent the blood from falling backward.

Venous insufficiency occurs when the walls or valves in your legs aren’t working like they should and can’t return the blood to your heart. The blood then collects in your veins and pools, which is a condition called stasis.  


What are venous insufficiency symptoms?

Symptoms of venous insufficiency vary depending on the progression of your disease. Getting treatment early may prevent serious symptoms and complications.

With venous insufficiency, you may experience:

  • Swelling in your legs or ankles
  • Achiness or pain in your legs
  • Leg fatigue
  • Development of new varicose veins
  • Darkened, tough skin around your ankles
  • Flaky or itchy skin
  • Non-healing leg ulcers

You may be at risk of developing venous insufficiency if you’re overweight, you have diabetes, or it runs in your family. A prior leg injury or surgery may also increase your risk of developing venous insufficiency.

If you have these symptoms or have concerns about venous insufficiency, the specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care can help. 


How is venous insufficiency diagnosed?

When you visit Comprehensive Vascular Care with concerns about venous insufficiency, your provider conducts an in-depth evaluation to ensure you get an accurate diagnosis.

During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical. 

Comprehensive Vascular Care is a full-service vascular practice, and your provider may request a vascular ultrasound to examine blood circulation in your legs to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. 


How is venous insufficiency treated?

Your specialist at Comprehensive Vascular Care develops an individualized treatment plan for your venous insufficiency based on the severity of your symptoms and your medical history. 

Your treatment plan may include lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Not standing or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Adding exercise to your daily routine
  • Keeping your legs elevated when sitting down

Your provider may also recommend compression stockings or medications to improve blood flow.

For varicose veins, they offer many treatment options, including: 

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser ablation
  • Phlebectomy

When necessary, they also perform endovascular surgery to improve blood flow. 

Comprehensive Vascular Care also specializes in wound care and provides comprehensive care to address poor-healing leg ulcers.

With early diagnosis and treatment, you may prevent serious health complications from venous insufficiency. To schedule an evaluation, call Comprehensive Vascular Care, or request an appointment online today.