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Chronic venous insufficiency is a common condition that occurs when the valves in the veins of the legs stop working properly. This can create varicose veins, swelling, or skin color changes on the affected leg. Sometimes, surgery is required to improve blood flow. 

The vein specialists at Metro Vein Centers are highly experienced in treating chronic venous insufficiency. Our procedures are performed in-office with little to no downtime, so you can enjoy a pain-free life with restored confidence.

FAQs on Chronic Venous Insufficiency

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency (also known as venous reflux) is a common condition that occurs when the valves in the veins of the legs stop working properly. This makes it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs, causing blood to pool in the legs. This puts increased pressure on the walls of the veins.

What Are The Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

  • Heaviness, swelling, and pain in the affected limb
  • Darkening of the skin
  • An open sore or ulcer (usually on the inside of the ankle) that is difficult to heal
  • Enlarged and twisted veins close to the skin’s surface (a sign of a milder form of venous disease)

Chronic venous insufficiency may have severe effects if left untreated. Skin color changes in the lower legs and around the ankles, or stasis pigmentation, is a sign of damaged, unhealthy skin. This may lead to bleeding and bruising after minor injuries, and ultimately, venous leg ulcers. 

Venous leg ulcers represent severe venous disease and are by far the most common form of ulcers affecting the lower extremities. Without treatment, venous ulcers tend to be chronic, and have a significant impact on quality of life, causing disability and social impairment. 

What Causes Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Although research is ongoing to determine the true causes of this condition, there are a few potential causes.

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy 
  • Obesity

What Is The Treatment for Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency doesn’t always result in varicose or spider veins, however it can still be helped by many of our procedures. At Metro Vein Centers, we offer several vein treatment options for chronic venous insufficiency using the latest, minimally-invasive technology.