Treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Woman with painful varicose veins on legs resting on a walk through nature. As our bodies change, the way that we care for them becomes drastically different. What often goes overlooked is ensuring that our circulatory system performs at its best, including monitoring vein health. When the veins in your legs are not permitting blood to flow back to the heart, chronic venous insufficiency is often not far behind.

Causes and Symptoms

Several key factors contribute to Chronic Venous Insufficiency such as

  • Smoking
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • High Blood Pressure in the legs
  • Family History
  • Being Overweight
  • And Pregnancy

If it goes unaddressed Chronic Venous Insufficiency can cause swelling in your ankles or legs, pain while walking, varicose veins, and several other symptoms. While there is a challenge in tackling the issue, don’t fret. There are options for you to get things back under control.

Treatment Options

After an official diagnosis, the goal of treatment is to get the blood flow corrected between your legs and heart. Keeping your legs raised is a good start toward fixing these problems. You can also have blood flow medications prescribed to you as another part of your treatment plan. This type of medication is designed to remove blockages and buildup in your leg veins. The medicine works in tandem with effective weight management and can help with CVI.

When is Surgery Required?

There are instances where surgery is necessary to treat CVI, but they are rare. In these cases, or if other treatments have been ineffective in managing CVI, surgery is used as a last resort to treat the issue. If necessary, there are several minimally invasive options for you to consider.

Non-Invasive Procedure Options

One option to deal with troublesome veins is Radiofrequency Vein Ablation. This process uses microwave radiation to seal the veins and restore proper blood flow. The need for a large incision is eliminated by using a needle at the injection site as opposed to a scalpel.

Other options include

  • Laser Ablation
  • Varicose Vein
  • And Treatment Sclerotherapy


Depending on the method of treatment, recovery time can vary. After a procedure, most people can expect to be back on their feet and resume normal activities within a few days. If you or someone you know has been dealing with symptoms related to Chronic Venous Insufficiency, talk to one of our providers at the Vascular Institute of Virginia at our locations in Fredericksburg or Woodbridge, VA, and call 888-522-3483.

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