What is Vein Disease?
To understand vein disease, it is important to understand the venous system of the human body. Veins are part of the circulatory system that returns oxygen-poor blood back to heart. Arteries distribute the oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. The smallest parts of the circulatory system are the capillaries, which feed into venules and veins. The larger veins have valves, which when normally functioning, keep blood from back flowing in the veins as it makes its way back to the heart.
Our focus on vein disease is on two distinct & common complications as a result of venous insufficiency: varicose veins and spider veins. Both of these progressive conditions create cosmetic concerns, but they can develop into medical issues as well.
We Can Help with Vein Care if...
- You have been previously diagnosed with varicose veins, venous insufficiency, or venous reflux.
- Spider veins or varicose veins appear on your legs.
- Do you experience any of the following?
- Leg Pain, aching or cramping
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Burning or itching of the skin
- Skin discoloration or texture changes
- Restless Legs
- "Heavy" feeling in the legs
- Open sores or wounds
- Recurring red, warm skin on your shins
- Sores that weep
- Thick skin around your ankles or legs
- Skin breakdown
- You have a family history of vein disease.
- Your legs ache after long periods of sitting or standing.
- You have tried other methods of treatment with little or no relief (i.e. laser treatments, sclerotherapy, compression stockings, vein stripping, or anti-inflammatory medications)?
If you have any of the above issues, contact Dr. Fennessy (402) 316-4320. We offer FREE vein screenings by appointment. We will examine your legs and complete a screening ultrasound to see if your valves are working appropriately and determine if your symptoms are related to vein disease. Vein screenings are not diagnostic. A follow up exam will be scheduled to complete a diagnostic ultrasound and develop a personal treatment plan.