Legs swollen from venous insufficiency can take a toll on your quality of life. Davin Haraway, DO, and the medical staff at Tulsa Vein Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, can help you regain your zest for life by treating venous disease. Get started today by calling (918) 701-2020 or using the online tool to make an appointment.

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What is venous insufficiency?

Veins and arteries play an essential role in supplying oxygen and other nutrients to cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body.

Specifically, arteries carry blood rich in oxygen away from the heart, and veins carry deoxygenated blood to the heart via the veins in the legs. Leg and calf muscle contractions allow the upward flow of blood.

This motion, coupled with healthy vein valves, keeps blood from flowing backward. Venous insufficiency occurs when blood flow is inadequate, and the valves are damaged or weakened to the point that they can’t send blood to the heart. Instead of traveling to the heart, the blood pools in the legs.

If left untreated, venous insufficiency can result in:

  • Aching legs
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg cramps or pain
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Open sores called leg ulcers on the skin
  • Skin changes such as thickening, itchiness or flaking
  • Restless legs

What are the risk factors of venous insufficiency?

More women than men suffer from venous insufficiency and more people over the age of 50. In addition to gender and age, there are a variety of risk factors that can worsen venous insufficiency, including:

  • Being a smoker
  • Being pregnant
  • Heredity/family history
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Inactivity, standing, or sitting for a long time
  • Previous leg injury, surgery, or blood clots

What is the treatment for venous insufficiency?

Davin Haraway, DO, and the medical staff at the Tulsa Vein Institute develop treatment plans based on the severity of the venous disease, the location of the affected veins and the overall health of the patient. Fortunately, there are numerous treatment options available. Options to close off damaged veins include:

  • Sclerotherapy and endovenous chemical ablation: using injections of chemical irritants
  • Endovenous thermal ablation: using heat (radiofrequency or laser)
  • VenaSeal™ closure system: using medical adhesive
  • Phlebectomy: removing small sections of the damaged vein through incisions next to the affected vein

Dr. Haraway’s philosophy of practicing medicine is patient focused. He enjoys helping his patients learn about their health so that they can be involved in selecting the best treatment options for optimal outcomes.

If you suffer from painful, tired, achy legs, contact the Tulsa Vein Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and get back to feeling like yourself again. Request your appointment online or call today.