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Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency affects your legs, causing varicose veins and, in some cases, painful leg ulcers. At their offices in Dearborn, Detroit, and Trenton, Michigan, the vein specialists at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center offer advanced, minimally invasive treatments like sclerotherapy and vein ablation. For same-day treatment of venous insufficiency that offers lasting improvement in your circulation, call your nearest office today, or use the online form to book an appointment.

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a disorder affecting the veins that deliver blood from your feet and legs to your heart. Each vein has a series of tiny gateways called valves along its length. The valves open when blood pumps up your leg, then close to stop it from descending back down the leg. Venous insufficiency develops when the valves don’t work properly.

Several things can contribute to weakening or damaging the valves and causing venous insufficiency. These include:

  • Obesity
  • Being over 50
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history of venous insufficiency
  • History of blood clots
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Sitting or standing for long periods

You’re also more likely to get venous insufficiency if you’re female.

What symptoms does venous insufficiency cause?

Venous insufficiency symptoms affect your legs. Common ones include:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes
  • Tenderness

A common visible sign of venous insufficiency is varicose veins. These are veins near the skin’s surface that swell as the blood pools in them. The swollen veins might stand out from your skin. They may stay skin color or show through in red, purple, or blue shades.

Untreated venous insufficiency can cause sluggish circulation that leads to tissue breakdown. Open wounds called venous ulcers might develop that are often slow to heal and prone to infection.

What treatments are available for venous insufficiency?

ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center offers several cutting-edge treatments for venous insufficiency. These include:


Sclerotherapy involves having an injection into the damaged veins. Your provider at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center uses a fluid or foam called a sclerosant that makes the walls of the veins collapse.

Vein ablation

Ablation uses laser or radiofrequency heat to collapse the vein walls. Your provider inserts a needle into the vein using image guidance technology to place the needle correctly. Then they trigger the heat.

With both sclerotherapy and vein ablation, the treated veins break down and gradually disappear. The blood that would normally travel along the veins simply takes another route.

For particularly large or problematic veins, the ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center vein specialists might recommend ambulatory phlebectomy. They make a small cut at the top and bottom of the vein, then extract it through the upper incision.

If you have symptoms of venous insufficiency, the ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center team can resolve the problem with minimal fuss. Call their nearest office or book an appointment online today.