Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Healthy leg veins have valves that keep blood flowing to the heart. Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e. reflux) and pool in the lower leg veins. This pooling is called statis, which makes it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs (although sometime it can occur in the arms).
CVI is also known as Phlebitis, Post-Thrombotic Syndrome, Venous Insufficiency, Venous Leg Ulcer or Venous Reflux Disease.
CVI, one of the underlying causes of venous ulcers, is a potentially serious and progressive medical condition. Symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.
Who is at Risk?
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a fairly common condition that may affect up to 40% of the U.S. population. It is more common in women, especially after multiple pregnancies, and in people who are middle-aged or older. Chronic Venous Insufficiency is 2 times more prevalent than coronary heart disease (CHD) and 5 times more prevalent than peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can affect anyone; gender and age are factors that may increase your risk. For example, women older than 50 are more likely than others to develop CVI. Other factors that may increase your risk, include:
Varicose veins are often misunderstood as a cosmetic problem and many people living with them do not seek treatment. The good news is that there are minimally invasive treatment options available for varicose veins and Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
For appropriate cases, Main Line Spine utilizes the ClosureFast™ procedure for treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency. This therapy utilizes segmental radiofrequency ablation to deliver uniform heat to close the vein. Once sealed, blood is directed to nearby healthy veins. The ClosureFast™ procedure has been shown to deliver clinically demonstrated results with improved patient comfort and rapid recovery. It is also designed for patient comfort and a quick return to work.