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Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

A progressive medical condition in which the valves that carry blood from the legs toward the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and the veins to swell. Varicose veins, which are enlarged veins in the leg that appear like twisted, bulging cords, can progress to CVI if left untreated.

There are a number of factors that contribute to varicose veins and CVI, including pregnancy and heredity. As varicose veins progress to become CVI, other painful symptoms like leg swelling, leg pain, skin discoloration and ulcers may occur.

Although, there are potentially many reasons for leg pain, it is important to note that none are normal part of aging and, hence, need to be investigated.

Leg pain can be caused by abnormalities in muscles, bones, nerves or blood circulation. Most medical practitioners do a very good job investigating causes that relate to the bones, nerves, muscles and even the arterial circulation. A very common and agonizing cause of leg pain that is not well understood by most doctors is poor circulation of blood in the veins causing Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Here, at “Alpha Vein Clinic” we are very conscientious and aggressive to evaluate all potential causes of leg pain, specially Chronic Venous Insufficiency, that may have been missed in the past.

 

Minimally Invasive Treatments:

Today, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options that are covered by many insurance plans. While treatments like compression stockings are often first prescribed to manage symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that can actually treat the diseased veins to eliminate varicose veins, improve your quality of life and halt the progression of CVI.

 

1.Endovenous Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)

Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a diseased vein to seal it shut using heat. Blood that would normally return toward the heart through these veins will then travel through other veins instead. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared with surgical options like ligation and vein stripping, endogenous RF ablation results in less pain and quicker recovery time.

The Venefit™ procedure is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.

The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.

 

2.MechanoChemical Ablation (MOCA)

MOCA is the most recent technique that has been developed to treat venous reflux. It is so new that it is only covered by Medicare so far. However, it is most certain that the other insurances will follow suit very soon. MOCA uses Clarivein Catheter which is so advanced that uses no heat and hence requires no numbing anesthetic. It is the most comfortable and the safest technique available to treat CVI in the world today.