Varicose veins, spider veins and venous insufficiency are among the vein conditions that may be effectively evaluated and treated. Larger varicose veins can cause discomfort, swelling and painful phlebitis. Chronic insufficiency arises when the valves in deep veins are damaged, which leads to leg swelling. Spider veins, usually near the skin’s surface, are small and harmless.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Doppler ultrasound and special imaging techniques define vein problems. Lifestyle adjustments such as elevating the legs, daily activity and compression therapy may help. Outpatient treatments and minimally invasive procedures may seal off or remove damaged veins and restore blood flow.
Lymphedema occurs when fluid does not drain properly from the lymphatic system and causes sometimes severe swelling. It may arise from vein harvest for heart surgery, lymph node removal for biopsy, radiation damage to the lymphatic system during cancer treatment or other injury. Compression therapy and pumps, as well as lifestyle suggestions, may be helpful.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating vein conditions, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Blank Vascular Center.