Skip to main content

What is Vein Disease? Take care of your achy legs.

Feb 15, 2013 02:06PM ● Published by Brian O

Trinity Vein Institute offers a range of procedures to promote vein health

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease – a chronic and potentially debilitating condition where the vein walls or valves weaken, stretch or become damaged, and normal blood flow is interrupted. Blood begins to flow backward and increases pressure in the veins, causing more stretching, twisting, and swelling of veins. Ultimately this causes venous reflux disease with a variety of symptoms:

- heavy/achy legs
- restless legs
- cramping
- edema

In most cases, patients develop varicose and spider veins. In extreme cases — skin breakdown, discoloration and ulcers develop. Among physicians and within medical literature, vein disease is called, “venous reflux disease,” or “venous insufficiency.” Vein disease is treatable and covered by most health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Vein disease is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. Leaking, weakened valves lead to varicose veins -- ropey, raised and bloated looking veins in your legs. Varicose veins can be tiny purple lines, “spider veins” or bulging twisty veins on the surface of your legs. More so, it may interrupt your activities and quality of life. If you stop being physically active because your legs hurt, this can have a domino effect on the rest of your health. 

The word “varicose” comes from the Latin word “varix,” which means “twisted.” And indeed, varicose veins are usually twisted, blue and bulging. As vein disease progresses, varicose veins enlarge and look like gnarled cords. Varicose veins occur only in the lower body (they don’t develop in arms). They can occur anywhere in your leg, from the groin down to the ankle. They most often appear in legs, although pelvic congestion syndrome and hemorrhoids are also varicose veins.

There are three types of veins in your legs:

- Superficial veins – These veins lie just under the skin and drain into perforator veins or deep veins.
- Perforator veins – These veins are in between superficial and deep veins, they drain into deep veins.
- Deep veins – These veins lie inside the muscles and carry most of the blood back to your heart.

Medical technology has advanced quickly in recent years with elegant new options for treating vein disease. Minimally invasive (endovenous) closure procedures have replaced hospital-based vein stripping. This opens the door for many patients who might have been advised that their venous problems were untreatable.

Trinity Vein Institute offers radiofrequency (Venefit) and non-thermal ablation (Clarivein) procedures in addition to microphlebectomy (removal of large ropey veins through tiny incisions. Various smaller varicose and spider veins can also be treated with sclero

Sponsored Post

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates



Embed this content on your website

Embed
Life+Leisure trinity vein institute vein disease varicose varicose veins
  • 2017 Mansfield Farmers Market

    10/21/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    In continuous operation since 2004, the Mansfield Farmers Market has experienced a renaissance in...


  • Mini Bio Blitz

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Nature lovers, join us for a Fall mini Bio Blitz where we will document the organisms at Oliver ...


  • LARGEST Fall Festival in Ellis County Presented by: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Start...


  • Get Growing Mansfield

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Mansfield Water Utilities has partnered with the Mansfield Farmer's Market to present Get Growing...


  • Brunch Time!

    10/21/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Watch our resident critters enjoy their Brunch every Saturday at 10am! Our arachnids and amphibia...


  • Fall Scavenger Hunt

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 02:30PM

    Come see Oliver Nature Park during fall to explore how nature changes with the seasons. Enjoy a ...


  • Pumpkin Help-Create Events at Vetro

    10/21/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Are you "pumped" up for pumpkin season? Join us at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery during the...


  • Trunk-or-Treat + Pumpkin Palooza

    10/21/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Any family, business, or community group is welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity t...


  • Maverick Home Volleyball Game

    10/21/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Volleyball match being hosted at The College Park Center by the UT Arlington Mavericks Collegiate...


  • Hip Hop Cowboys

    10/21/2017
    07:00PM

    Hip Hop Cowboys, the nation’s first event to combine the extreme sport of rodeo with a celebratio...


  • Blue October

    10/21/2017
    07:00PM

    October is about to turn blue because the Texas-based band, Blue October, is performing live in c...


  • Oleg Larshin, Violin

    10/21/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    Join the LCSO for it's 2017-18 Season Premiere of "Vienna, City of Music!" The LCSO will feature ...


  • The Addams Family

    10/22/2017
    02:00PM

    Join us this October for an award-winning family musical full of love, laughter, and spooky, kook...


  • Junior Angler

    10/22/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Junior Angler classes introduce youth ages 6 – 16 to the life‐long sport of fishing. Classes fol...


  • DFW Solar Awareness Day

    10/23/2017
    12:00AM

    Hello! We are putting together a day for solar awareness in the DFW area! Talk to your friends...


  • Mansfield Sunrise Toastmasters

    10/23/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00AM

    Want to be better at negotiating your salary with your boss? Networking at business functions? Pi...


  • Little Naturalist

    10/25/2017
    10:30AM — 11:15AM

    Creepy Crawlies- Children ages 3‐5 will learn about nature through discovery. We will read, sing,...


  • Home School Nature Class

    10/25/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join us for science and nature related lessons and guided investigation of Oliver Nature Park. Le...


  • At the Warmack Library on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Join us...


  • Riscky's 90th Anniversary

    10/26/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    A Cowtown tradition since 1927, Riscky’s Barbeque will celebrate its 90th anniversary in the Fort...


  • Riscky's 90th Anniversary

    10/26/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    A Cowtown tradition since 1927, Riscky’s Barbeque will celebrate its 90th anniversary in the Fort...


  • Quarterly Mega Business Networking Mixer

    10/26/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    This is a Great Opportunity to meet with Business Leaders & Company representatives from througho...


  • Mansfield Ghost Tours 2017

    10/20/2017
    06:00PM — 08:25PM

    Come join us for haunted history and ghostly tales from all around Mansfield! This year we will h...


  • LARGEST Fall Festival in Ellis County Presented by: Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Start...


  • Fall Scavenger Hunt

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 02:30PM

    Come see Oliver Nature Park during fall to explore how nature changes with the seasons. Enjoy a ...


  • Trunk-or-Treat + Pumpkin Palooza

    10/21/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Any family, business, or community group is welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity t...


  • Hip Hop Cowboys

    10/21/2017
    07:00PM

    Hip Hop Cowboys, the nation’s first event to combine the extreme sport of rodeo with a celebratio...


  • At the Warmack Library on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Join us...


  • Creep Fest 2017

    10/27/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Love the feeling you get watching a scary movie? Want to find friends who like horror films and b...


  • Public Safety Open House

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM

    Join us at the Fire Station (at 100 Cloverlane Drive) for: • Free Hotdogs & Drinks • Bounce Hou...


  • Drug Take-Back Day

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    This program is a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and cities to allow resident...


  • Japanese Garden Fall Festival

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Stroll along the meandering paths of the beautifully- landscaped Japanese Garden as you listen t...


  • TSO 10th Anniversary Trunk Show

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Join TSO Mansfield for our first ever Trunk Show featuring brands John Varvatos and Carolina Herr...


  • Pumpkin Swim

    10/28/2017
    01:15PM — 03:15PM

    Pumpkin Swim Saturday, October 28 1:15-3:15 p.m., Kirby Creek Natatorium, 3201 Corn Valley Road...


  • The Addams Family

    10/29/2017
    02:00PM

    Join us this October for an award-winning family musical full of love, laughter, and spooky, kook...


 

Image title
Mansfield Area High School Sports

Community Champions