Venous insufficiency occurs when incompetent valves allow blood leakage or reflux, leading to elevated ambulatory venous pressure and capillary damage with extravasation of red blood cells and serum. This may lead to signs and symptoms such as edema (swelling in lower legs), hyper pigmentation, stasis dermatitis (discoloration), spider veins, and ulceration. As more and more one-way valves fail, the pressure in lower extremity veins increases and so do the signs and symptoms. One of the more common signs are the development of varicose veins.
If you or a close family member or friend are experiencing any signs and symptoms, call Medical Vein Clinic to schedule a consultation with our vein specialists.