Vein Disease Specialists in Houston, Texas
Texas Endovascular provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive vein treatments without the risks of surgery or the 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 stop 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. That way, you can see exactly what 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; they 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. That allows blood to flow backward ( reflux) and pool in your lower leg veins. Chronic venous disease refers to persistent, progressive conditions that worsen over time. This disease should be addressed with intervention by our vascular specialists to help alleviate and decrease pain and discomfort. If left untreated, your 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. Varicose veins and spider veins are among the most common types of CVD.
Varicose veins occur when faulty valves in the veins allow your blood to flow in the wrong direction. As a result, the blood lingers 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 treat these spider veins for cosmetic reasons. However, certain spider vein patterns of distribution may indicate the presence of larger varicose veins located deeper in the tissue.
Swelling in the legs (edema) occurs when fluid gets trapped in your soft leg tissue. This happens because of malfunctioning valves in your veins. When leg vein valves weaken or fail, the blood can no longer be pumped out of the legs properly. This traps fluid and blood in your legs. Then, as the fluid builds 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 your 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.
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 be quite painful. They can also get infected, increasing the risk of further complications such as a bone infection or even amputation.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain in your pelvic area, it could be due to a vein issue. Due to a number of different factors, the veins in a woman’s lower abdomen may not function as well as they should. When this happens, veins in the pelvis can enlarge and change shape, in a way that’s very similar to varicose veins.
Who Is at Risk for Vein Disease?
A variety of risk factors may contribute to 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. About 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 to use guided imaging technology for our minimally-invasive procedures.
Rest assured your safety comes first with 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 your 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 and to return your legs to a youthful appearance.
Non-Surgical Vein Disease Treatment in Houston
In the past, patients had to undergo a painful procedure called vein stripping, which involved hospital admission, general anesthesia and a long, difficult recovery period. Not to mention time off from work or school. Thankfully, that is no longer necessary! Dr. Fox , Dr. Hardee, and Dr. Valenson have over 30 years of combined specialized experience 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.
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