As many as 40% of Americans live with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). While CVI most commonly affects women and adults over 50, it can occur in anyone at any point in life. Obinna Nwobi, MD, of Vein Health Clinics, specializes in diagnosing and treating chronic venous insufficiency. With locations in Oviedo, Winter Haven, and Apopka, Florida, you have convenient options close by for getting started on CVI relief.
Chronic venous insufficiency means that your vein walls or the valves in your leg veins — or both — aren’t working correctly. That causes blood to remain in your leg veins, leading to pooling called “stasis.”
Underlying conditions associated with CVI include tumors and clots, both of which further slow down blood flow and put added strain on your heart.
You’re automatically at a higher risk of developing CVI if you’re female and over age 50. But other factors can elevate your risk, including:
Smoking also drastically increases your chances of chronic venous insufficiency, especially if you have an additional risk factor. Talk with Dr. Nwobi about quitting smoking if this affects you.
Chronic venous insufficiency sufferers often complain of a feeling of heaviness in their limbs. Usually, this is due to the swelling associated with excessive blood pooling. You may also experience:
Most of these symptoms are mild and not a significant cause for concern. If you leave CVI untreated for an extended period, blood circulation drastically slows down, and you can develop gangrene. In rare but severe cases, gangrene treatment involves amputation of your limb.
Your treatment depends on the severity of your condition. Dr. Nwobi usually suggests starting with conservative lifestyle changes, such as wearing compression stockings and beginning an exercise plan. If needed, he can perform minimally invasive procedures like an endovenous thermal ablation or sclerotherapy to open up your veins.
While rare, some patients require surgery to treat chronic venous insufficiency. Surgery requires Dr. Nwobi to perform a bypass, vein litigation, or other procedure. Because these treatments are invasive, they are usually the last resort. Typically, surgical treatment is only necessary for about 10% of all CVI cases.
If you’re ready to get treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, schedule an appointment online, or call the office.