Studio 2 Medical Edition sponsored by UBMD sat down with Dr. Linda Harris to discuss venous insufficiency. Dr. Harris is the Program Director for the Vascular Fellowship and Vascular Residency Programs at UBMD Surgery. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in vascular and general surgery, specializing in minimally invasive endovascular, hybrid, as well as complex open vascular surgery in aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, and carotid artery disease.
Normally, the veins in the body return blood to the heart and they have one-way valves that prevent blood from going backwards. When those valves do not work properly, there is pooling of the blood in the leg, resulting in swelling.
There are many risk factors for venous insufficiency, including family history, gender, age, history of blood clots, obesity, and extended periods of standing or sitting. Those who have a history of skin discoloration, sores, leg cramps or aches, and heaviness of legs should speak to their healthcare provider about venous insufficiency.
Until recently, minimally invasive treatments for only the superficial veins but not the deep veins. UBMD Surgery is one of the few centers in the country involved in research looking at implanting artificial vein valves into patients who have severe vein problems.
To learn more about venous insufficiency, please visit https://ubmdsurgery.com/vascular-surgery/