Malfunctioning of valves - Also called Venous Insufficiency
Watch our video: why walking can help your veins
Venous Reflux: What is it?
Venous Reflux is a condition that results in progressive dilatation and tortuosity of the veins, leading to formation of Varicose Veins. This is caused by a malfunctioning in the valves, inside each of your leg veins. The valves regulate the flow of blood in the direction of the heart, each time your calf muscle contracts. But when the valves are leaky, there is venous reflux, causing the blood to pool in that vein. This is what causes bulging veins or varicose veins.
More about venous reflux
Venous reflux is the underlying cause of varicose veins, whilst your attention may be drawn to the problem because of cosmetic concerns, more serious health concerns can also exist.
Chronic venous reflux is mostly an inherited condition but more common in obese people, pregnant women and people that have an occupation that involves a lot of standing ie. Hairdressers, Nurses, Teachers. You are also more prone to venous reflux if you have experienced trauma to your leg through an injury or surgery.
If left untreated, you may experience leg swelling and odema, inflammation in the veins and surrounding skin, or venous eczema. Other symptoms include skin ulceration and discolouration and thickening (Lipodermatosclerosis), superficial and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and spontaneous bleeding.
Early symptoms include tired, heavy, restless, aching or itchy legs. If you feel pain or cramps in your legs, they may indicate an underlying problem of venous reflux. If you also detect bulging veins on your legs, it is recommended to see your doctor.
Treatments for venous reflux
There are a wide range of treatment options for venous reflux. At the Perth Vein Clinic we have developed a particular expertise in minimally invasive, non-surgical vein treatments. At The Vein Clinic we understand that treating veins doesn’t have to involve a big operation or surgery. This is why we also offer non-surgical vein treatments. They don’t require a hospital stay, and can take place right here in our state-of-the-art clinic, so you can go home or return to work much quicker. These treatments include endovenous laser ablation, cyanoacrylate adhesive vein closure, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, mechanico-chemical ablation, ultrasound guided ambulatory phlebectomy and direct/assisted vision sclerotherapy.
Why choose The Vein Clinic?
Dr Luke Matar received his initial training from Professor Mark Whiteley, the inventor of laser perforator vein ablation and a world renowned endovenous laser ablation expert. Dr Matar is the only Australian doctor, trained by Professor Whiteley in this advanced technique.
Dr Matar is one of the most highly trained experts in the field and has also trained with leading Australian experts including Professor Kurosh Parsi, Professor Ken Myers, Dr Louis Loizou, Dr Andrew Stirling, Dr Chris Lekich, Dr Mark Malouf as well as international experts including Dr Ron Bush and Dr Chris Ragg.
Dr Matar has suffered from, and seen varicose veins in his own personal life and family. As a patient he made the commitment to provide excellence in non-surgical vein treatments himself.