Is the correcting reflux veins an urgent procedure??
My vein mapping test showed reflux and weak veins. The test was done because of pain in leg and varicose veins. I had a DVT in that leg 2 yrs ago. Is the procedure to correct this urgent? Can it be delayed or not done at all?
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Replied on 3/2/2011
By: Laser Vein Center | Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
Venous reflux is not an urgent diagnosis. Every varicose vein has reflux which can be documentated on reflux exams.
The manifestations of the reflux are what dictates the timing of intervention. For example, an open ankle veous leg ulcer is more urgent than the mere presence of a test finding. Furthermore, Venous reflux can most immediately be treated with leg compression.
Not all deep vein thromboses are of equal importance. Additionally, the cause and risk factors may no longer be present compared to the time of the previous diagnosis.
Replied on 1/12/2011
By: The Vein Center | Jody Bolton-Smith, MD
Danielle Leighton, MD
Rochelle Wolfe, MD
Venous reflux treament is not urgent in most cases. Deciding whether or not to pursue treatment can be determined by how much your symptoms affect your quality of life. With that said vein disease is progressive and could cause more serious problems in the future such as venous stasis ulcers. If you would decide to not to pursue treatment at this time, compression stockings would likely be helpful in the meantime.
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Replied on 11/30/2010
By: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee | Stephen F. Daugherty, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Reflux in superficial leg veins with associated pain, tenderness, edema, or varicose veins often needs to be treated. Procedures for reflux usually are not urgent, but some patients will develop complictins such as clotting, bleeding, or skin complications with prolonged delay in treatment. A clinical exam with an experienced phlebologist is important since decisions are best made with a skilled physician examining you and reviewing a detailed ultrasound exam.
Replied on 11/30/2010
By: Heart and Vein Center | Rodolfo D. Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA
Lathrup Village, MI
Venus reflux is NOT a life threatening condition. Can certainly wait until be treated. However it is certainly a progressive condition and with always get worse and never better. There is no problem on delaying a procedure, it will just make it more complicated to fix it properly later.
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