Varicose veins, over time, can result in increasing symptoms such as leg aching, pain, and swelling. This is a reflection of the increasing venous pressure from progressive valve failure inside the veins. Skin changes, such as dermatitis, may become evident over the medial aspect of the lower leg and ankle. Eventually, the skin can break down (ulcerate) with dramatic wounds that are challenging to heal.
By use of venous mapping with diagnostic Duplex ultrasound, areas of venous reflux can be identified and successfully treated with laser ablation and sclerotherapy. Used in combination with compression garments and wraps, these procedures can significantly reduce healing time and recurrences.