What is the difference between PAD & Varicose Veins?

Varicose Vein Surgery . 5 answers . 4 years ago

Is there a difference between PAD & varicose veins, and are there tests to confirm? Also can you have Venous closure surgery done if you have PAD?

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4 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group

PAD is peripheral Arterial Disease. and is completely different than Varicose Veins which are problems with the veins in the legs. It may be ill advised to have VNUS closure if you have PAD ask your provider.

4 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

PAD is peripheral Arterial Disease. and is completely different than Varicose Veins which are problems with the veins in the legs. It may be ill advised to have VNUS closure if you have PAD ask your provider.


4 years ago by Laser Vein Center

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) usually refers to atherosclerosis in the walls of arteries causing blockage which can manifest as pain with walking, fatigue in the calves with walking, poorly healing wounds, leg ulcers, or severe pain in the feet. Varicose vein and venous insufficiency are very different problems. A skilled physician usually can differentiate venous disease from arterial disease very quickly with a patient history and clinical exam. Some patients will have both arterial and venous disorders and some arterial testing may be in order. Sometimes the arterial testing is measurement of blood pressures or flow at different levels in the legs. At other times, arterial ultrasound studies may be of value.
VNUS Clsure procedures and LASER procedures can be done on patients with arterial occlusive disease as long as the blood flow is adequate for healing, but should be performed only after a careful evaluation of the patient for adequacy of arterial blood flow to the tissues.

4 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) usually refers to atherosclerosis in the walls of arteries causing blockage which can manifest as pain with walking, fatigue in the calves with walking, poorly healing wounds, leg ulcers, or severe pain in the feet. Varicose vein and venous insufficiency are very different problems. A skilled physician usually can differentiate venous disease from arterial disease very quickly with a patient history and clinical exam. Some patients will have both arterial and venous disorders and some arterial testing may be in order. Sometimes the arterial testing is measurement of blood pressures or flow at different levels in the legs. At other times, arterial ultrasound studies may be of value.
VNUS Clsure procedures and LASER procedures can be done on patients with arterial occlusive disease as long as the blood flow is adequate for healing, but should be performed only after a careful evaluation of the patient for adequacy of arterial blood flow to the tissues.


4 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) usually refers to atherosclerosis in the walls of arteries causing blockage which can manifest as pain with walking, fatigue in the calves with walking, poorly healing wounds, leg ulcers, or severe pain in the feet. Varicose vein and venous insufficiency are very different problems. A skilled physician usually can differentiate venous disease from arterial disease very quickly with a patient history and clinical exam. Some patients will have both arterial and venous disorders and some arterial testing may be in order. Sometimes the arterial testing is measurement of blood pressures or flow at different levels in the legs. At other times, arterial ultrasound studies may be of value.
VNUS Clsure procedures and LASER procedures can be done on patients with arterial occlusive disease as long as the blood flow is adequate for healing, but should be performed only after a careful evaluation of the patient for adequacy of arterial blood flow to the tissues.

4 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee (View Profile)

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) usually refers to atherosclerosis in the walls of arteries causing blockage which can manifest as pain with walking, fatigue in the calves with walking, poorly healing wounds, leg ulcers, or severe pain in the feet. Varicose vein and venous insufficiency are very different problems. A skilled physician usually can differentiate venous disease from arterial disease very quickly with a patient history and clinical exam. Some patients will have both arterial and venous disorders and some arterial testing may be in order. Sometimes the arterial testing is measurement of blood pressures or flow at different levels in the legs. At other times, arterial ultrasound studies may be of value.
VNUS Clsure procedures and LASER procedures can be done on patients with arterial occlusive disease as long as the blood flow is adequate for healing, but should be performed only after a careful evaluation of the patient for adequacy of arterial blood flow to the tissues.


4 years ago by Miller Vein

Yes there is a difference. Arteries supply blood to the extremities from the heart, while veins drain blood from the extremities and returns the blood to the heart. PAD is peripheral arterial disease which means there are blockages in the vessels supplying blood to the limbs. Varicose veins are related to venous insufficiency (veins). As for VNUS closure procedures, it depends on how severe the PAD is.

4 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

Yes there is a difference. Arteries supply blood to the extremities from the heart, while veins drain blood from the extremities and returns the blood to the heart. PAD is peripheral arterial disease which means there are blockages in the vessels supplying blood to the limbs. Varicose veins are related to venous insufficiency (veins). As for VNUS closure procedures, it depends on how severe the PAD is.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

The circulation consists of 2 parts-arteries and veins. Problems with arteries can lead to PAD (peripheral arterial disease), and vein problems can lead to varicose veins. They are independent of each other and there are tests to check for both (using arterial and venous leg duplex ultrasound, ABI's, CTA, and angio or venograms). Whether or not a closure procedure can be done depends on the extent of any PAD that may be present. You should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

The circulation consists of 2 parts-arteries and veins. Problems with arteries can lead to PAD (peripheral arterial disease), and vein problems can lead to varicose veins. They are independent of each other and there are tests to check for both (using arterial and venous leg duplex ultrasound, ABI's, CTA, and angio or venograms). Whether or not a closure procedure can be done depends on the extent of any PAD that may be present. You should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon.


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