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Venous Insufficiency

What Is Venous Insufficiency?

Vеnоuѕ іnѕuffісіеnсу, аlѕо knоwn аѕ сhrоnіс vеnоuѕ insufficiency оr сhrоnіс vеnоuѕ ѕtаѕіѕ, is a circulatory disorder of the veins in the legs.

Inside the superficial veins in the legs are a series of valves, that are essentially one-way doors that prevent blood from falling back down towards the feet. If the valves stop working properly, blood leaks downwards and the veins below the valves become full of excess blood. The increased pressure in these veins can lead to spider veins and varicose veins over time.

Vеnоuѕ іnѕuffісіеnсу саn оссur іn mеn or wоmеn оf аnу аgе. However, it typically occurs more frequently in those over the age of 50, and women are at a higher risk.

What are the Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency?

You should contact Vein Specialist Centers for a consultation if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Leg pain including cramps, swelling and heaviness
  • Flaking or itching skin on the legs or feet
  • Spider or varicose veins
  • Stasis ulcers

As New York and New Jersey’s top clinic for venous insufficiency treatment, after evaluation your situation, we will devise a personalized plan to make sure you receive the treatment you need.

Venous Insufficiency Treatment 

For mild cases of venous insufficiency, there are a number of at-home treatments such as elevating the legs to reduce pressure, wearing compression stockings to increase blood flow, and regular exercise. 

No matter how minor or serious you believe your venous insufficiency may be, it’s best practice to receive a professional consultation from New York and New Jersey’s top clinic for venous insufficiency. At Vein Specialist Centers, our experienced vascular specialists are trained to detect venous insufficiency and devise a plan to help you live a more comfortable life.

Risk Factors for Developing Chronic Venous Insufficiency Include:

  • Family history of varicose veins or venous insufficiency
  • Female gender
  • Pregnancies
  • Age
  • Work that requires prolonged sitting or standing
  • Obesity

How Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?

If you are having typical symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg cramps, restless legs or skin discoloration, then it is recommended to receive a vein consultation from an experienced and qualified vascular specialist.

A diagnosis of venous insufficiency can be confirmed in the office with a diagnostic ultrasound. The typical exam only takes 20-40 minutes depending on the anatomy.

Why Treat Venous Insufficiency?

The primary purpose of treating venous insufficiency is for symptomatic relief and improving visual appearance. However, because vein disease is progressive,  long term benefits may include:

  • Preventing skin changes
  • Preventing phlebitis or painful inflammation of the veins due to blood clot formation
  • Preventing skin discoloration

For additional information about venous insufficiency treatments, contact the vein doctors at Vein Specialist Centers. Get ready to live more comfortably and start the online consultation today!

Spider and Varicose Vein Treatments

Treatments for more severe vein disease and venous insufficiency include:


Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that involves the injection of a sclerosant into an affected vein to destroy it. This is the most common technique for treating spider veins.


The standard of today’s treatments for venous insufficiency, radiofrequency ablation involves a small catheter that delivers heat energy to close the abnormal vein. The procedure is minimally-invasive and is performed in-office.


VenaSeal™ is a procedure that uses a special glue to close off damaged veins. The procedure is safe and highly effective.



Combines two techniques to treat underlying venous insufficiency. A small catheter is used to both chemically and mechanically treat the diseased vein.  

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Phlebectomy remains one of the best options for bulging varicose veins. The veins are removed in small sections through tiny incisions and can be done under local anesthesia in an office setting. 

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Is There Insurance Coverage for Venous Insufficiency Treatment?

Yes, medically necessary procedures are typically covered by your insurance. This can be determined from your initial visit which will include a complete history, physical, and possibly ultrasound. The results of these tests will help your vein doctor make appropriate treatment plans that are submitted to your insurance carrier for pre-authorization.  

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