Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates
Thoracic Surgery & Vascular Surgery located in Pomona, NY & Goshen, NY
Your veins are an important part of your circulatory system and return blood back to your heart to refuel on oxygen. Venous disease refers to health conditions that affect the health or function of your veins. At Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates, the experienced team offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatments for venous disease to improve vein health and restore circulation. The practice has offices in Washington Heights, Manhattan, in New York City; Pomona, Goshen, and Fishkill, New York; and Englewood, New Jersey. For an evaluation, contact the office nearest you by phone or book online today.Request Appointment
Venous Disease Q & A
What is venous disease?
Venous disease refers to medical conditions that affect the structure or function of your veins. Your veins are thin-walled tubes that carry blood from your body back to your heart. Your veins contain valves that open and close to support blood circulation.
If the valves in your veins are weak or damaged, your blood can flow backward and pool, increasing pressure on the thin walls of your veins.
This buildup of blood causes your veins to stretch and more valves to malfunction. This can reduce the flow of blood through your veins and increase your risk of health problems.
What are the types of venous disease?
There are many types of venous disease, some more serious than others. The types include:
Varicose and spider veins
Though considered a cosmetic concern, varicose and spider veins are a type of venous disease.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in your leg. If the blood clot breaks away from your vein it can travel to your lungs, leading to a pulmonary embolism, a life-threatening condition.
Phlebitis refers to a blood clot that develops in the superficial veins near the surface of your skin. These clots won’t travel to your lungs, but they can cause a lot of pain.
Chronic venous insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency causes chronic leg swelling, skin discoloration, and leg ulcers.
How are venous diseases diagnosed?
The experts at Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates offer comprehensive evaluations to diagnose a venous disease so you get the most effective treatment.
During your evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history and examines the source of your symptoms.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, your provider will run diagnostic tests like blood work, urinalysis, vascular ultrasound, CT scan, and/or MRI.
How are venous diseases treated?
The experienced vascular team at Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates develops personalized treatment plans.
Your treatment can include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Weight loss
- Disease-specific medication
- Compression stockings
The surgical experts also offer many innovative procedures like balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, stent placement, and thrombolysis to address your venous disease.
For more serious circulation issues that place you at risk of amputation, the team will recommend bypass surgery to restore the flow of blood.
Venous diseases affect your circulation and health. For comprehensive care from an experienced team of vascular surgeons, contact Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates by phone or online today.