Vein Disease Specialists in Houston, Texas
Texas Endovascular provides state-of-the-art minimally invasive vein treatments without the risks of surgery or expense and hassle of going to the hospital. With offices in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Webster, we are conveniently located for same-day and in-office procedures. View all of our locations to contact the Texas Endovascular vein clinic nearest you.
The best time to halt vein problems in their tracks is as soon as they start. Talk with your insurance company and visit one of our offices for a consultation and diagnosis so you can see what exactly you are dealing with and what your options are. For most vein problems, the treatment is covered by your insurance leaving you with only a copay for the office visit or reduced out of pocket expenses.
What is Vein Disease?
Venous or vein disease occurs when the veins in your legs become unable to return blood back from your legs to your heart.
Healthy leg veins have valves that keep blood flowing to the heart. Venous reflux disease, also known as chronic venous disease or venous insufficiency, develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e., reflux) and pool in the lower leg veins. Chronic venous disease refers to persistent, progressive conditions that worsen over time and should be addressed with intervention by our vascular specialists to help alleviate and decrease pain and discomfort. If patients are left untreated, their symptoms of vein disease can worsen over time.
What are Common Types of Chronic Venous Disease?
Chronic venous disease (CVD) is a term which encompasses several chronic conditions related to or caused by various vein disorders. Among the most common types of chronic venous disease are varicose veins and spider veins.
Varicose veins occur when faulty valves in the veins allow the blood to flow in the wrong direction. The blood stagnates in the vein, causing it to swell. Varicose veins can cause the legs to swell or feel achy, heavy and tired. A person with varicose veins also may experience itching, burning, numbness or tingling. Nighttime leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, and—in extreme cases—leg ulcers can be the result of varicose veins.
Spider veins are tiny, abnormally dilated veins in the skin. Although they are not usually painful, some patients may experience itching or burning due to spider veins. Some spider veins are not associated with venous reflux or insufficiency in larger superficial veins under the skin. Patients may choose to have these spider veins treated for cosmetic reasons. However, certain spider vein patterns of distribution may indicate the presence of larger varicose veins located deeper in the tissue.
Swelling or Edema
Swelling in the legs or edema occur when fluid becomes trapped in the soft tissues of the leg from malfunctioning valves in the veins. When the valves in leg veins begin to weaken, or fail, the blood can no longer be pumped out of the legs properly. This causes fluid and blood to become trapped in the legs. When the fluid begins to build up, the leg may begin to swell. The term for the buildup of fluid which leads to swelling in the body is edema.
Lymphedema is a form of chronic edema that occurs when the body’s lymphatic system does not function properly. It is not the same as edema caused by vein disease, although vein disease can eventually progress into a combined venous/lymphatic disorder. As with swelling in the lower legs, lymphedema requires the attention of a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) occurs when plaque slows blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. Plaque is made up mainly of cholesterol, calcium, fibrin, and fatty substances. It causes the arteries to harden, a condition known as Atherosclerosis. Because the plaque reduces blood flow to vital organs and limbs, they cannot keep up with the body’s demands. Arteries also bring blood away from the heart to the arms and legs, so if PAD goes untreated long enough, it can result in pain with walking, numbness and tinging in the feet, pain at rest and ultimately gangrene can set in, leading to amputation.
Chronic vein disease can lead to non-healing ulcers or open sores in the lower legs. Venous ulcers usually develop around the ankle and can vary in size from very small to several inches in diameter. While usually not very painful, venous ulcers can occasionally be quite painful or become infected, increasing the risk of further complications such as a bone infection or even amputation.
Who Is at Risk for Vein Disease?
A variety of risk factors may contribute to a person developing vein disease. Some are unavoidable, such as age and genetics, but other health and lifestyle elements may also lead to vascular conditions, such as varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. It is estimated that one in three Americans over the age of 45 has some form of vascular disease.
Why Choose Texas Endovascular for Vein Treatment?
At Texas Endovascular, we want to be your choice for non-surgical treatment of vein disease such as varicose and spider veins, leg ulcers, lymphedema and PAD. When you choose our team of vascular specialists, you will come to an outpatient, office-based setting and will not have to worry about undergoing surgery, expensive hospital stays, or a lengthy recovery time. Our providers are experts in the field of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and are specially trained in the use of guided imaging technology that is utilized in many of our minimally-invasive procedures.
Rest assured your safety comes first to our team. Vein or Venous treatments have advanced beyond the painful treatments of the past. Today we incorporate ultrasound and sclerotherapy treatments specifically designed to allow for the body to eliminate unsightly veins. Dr. William C. Fox , Dr. Eric Hardee, Dr. AJ Valenson, and the entire supporting staff at Texas Endovascular have the experience, training, and expertise needed to help you live pain-free as possible and return your legs to a youthful appearance.
Non-Surgical Vein Disease Treatment in Houston
In the past, patients had to undergo painful procedures called vein stripping, which involved hospital admission, general anesthesia and a long, difficult recovery period requiring time off from work or school. Thankfully, that is no longer necessary! Dr. William C. Fox , Dr. Eric Hardee, and Dr. AJ Valenson have over 30 years of combined specialized experience in performing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures that are completed in a comfortable, outpatient setting with local anesthesia. As a result, there is little or no downtime and only minimal discomfort.