Vein conditions worsen over time, so identifying symptoms early is key.
VEIN DISEASE IS PROGRESSIVE
Vein disease is progressive, so the ways it manifests itself in your body will almost certainly get worse over time. When left untreated, vein disease can lead to the more serious conditions below, which is why identifying and treating the root cause early is so important.
Some of these more serious complication include:
Venous Leg Ulcers
5 to 10 percent of people with varicose veins will potentially develop open sores or ulcers.
These sores (called venous leg ulcers) can be extremely painful when they don’t heal. Laser Vein Clinics of Sefton Medical Centre treat this vein condition with a combination of wound care, EVTA, and/or sclerotherapy.
Superficial Thrombophlebitis ( Blood clot in surface varicose vein)
Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs when a superficial vein (usually the long saphenous vein of the leg or its tributaries) becomes inflamed and the blood within it clots. It may be spontaneous or associated with one or more risk factors – eg, varicose veins.
Thrombophlebitis in a varicose vein develops as a tender hard knot in the vein. There is often erythema and bleeding may occur as the reaction extends through the vein wall. It is common with venous stasis ulcers. There is redness and tenderness along the vein with swelling.
Deep Vein Thrombosis ( one of the complication of varicose vein)
A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep leg vein. Veins are blood vessels that take blood towards the heart. Deep leg veins are the larger veins that go through the muscles of the calf and thighs. They are not the veins that you can see just below the skin, neither are they the same as varicose veins. When you have a DVT, the blood flow in the vein is partially or completely blocked by the blood clot. A calf vein is the common site for a DVT. A thigh vein is less commonly affected. Rarely, other deep veins in the body can be blocked by blood clots.
Potential Complications of DVT include:
Pulmonary Emboli- Most serious complication of DVT where clot dislodge to lung.
Chronic Venous insufficiency- DVT damage the valves of deep vein and consequently chronic venous insufficiency develops for life long.
Post Phlebotic syndrome– Long term complication of DVT which occurs due to damage and scarring to the veins and is characterized by swelling, discomfort and skin pigmentation in the affected area.
Rash (venous stasis dermatitis)
An itchy, red rash or red dots on the shins or legs may be symptoms of a condition called venous stasis dermatitis, which is caused by poor blood circulation or by blood gathering or pooling in the legs.
The medical term for skin that changes to a darker color is hyperpigmentation. This is a sign of advanced vein disease. If diagnosed during consultation and vein mapping, hyperpigmentation will be addressed in your Sefton Medical Laser Vein Clinic treatment plan.
Spider veins in the feet are a collection of tiny branches of veins on the ankle that can become so interwoven that it’s difficult to identify single veins. This gives the skin around the ankle a red or pink discoloration. The medical term for this condition is corona phlebectatica, and it is often associated with advanced vein disease. If diagnosed during consultation and vein mapping, corona phlebectatica will be addressed in your Sefton Medical Laser Vein Clinic treatment plan.
Lipodermatosclerosis is a medical condition where the skin on the legs feels smooth, tight, and painful, and looks scarred and discolored. This is the result of a slow process that can occur after many years of untreated diseased veins in the legs. If diagnosed during consultation and vein mapping, relief of lipodermatosclerosis symptoms will be addressed in your Sefton Medical Laser Vein Clinic treatment plan.
When the valves in veins near the top of the leg are not functioning properly, gravity can cause blood to pool in the ankles, where it builds up and causes ankles to appear swollen. The condition may not necessarily be painful, but is still indicative of a larger problem. If diagnosed during consultation and vein mapping, relief of oedema symptoms will be addressed in your Sefton Medical Laser Vein Clinic treatment plan.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
People who constantly feel the urge to move their legs may be suffering from restless leg syndrome. RLS can be quite uncomfortable, especially when sitting or lying down, so patients with RLS often have trouble sleeping and traveling. Vein disease is one of the causes of RLS, because damaged vein valves make legs feel achy, cramped, and tired. If diagnosed during consultation and vein mapping, relief of RLS symptoms will be addressed in your Sefton Medical Laser Vein Clinic treatment plan.
At Laser Vein Clinic, we treat the root cause of your symptoms, which means sealing off veins with unhealthy valves. There are four recommended procedures that are designed to go beyond the surface, treat the underlying cause, and focus on overall health. The specifics of each treatment differs according to the size of the diseased veins, but our vein specialists work directly with each patient to design a customized plan to get people back on their feet sooner.
Have a examination of your legs and recommend a treatment program customized to your specific condition by Dr. Sharier