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What is Venous Insufficiency?

Improper functioning of the vein valves in the leg may cause swelling and skin changes, often around your ankle.  When these valves don’t work well, blood can also flow backwards. This can cause blood to collect (pool) in your legs.

Treatment options include compression stockings, elevating the legs, and moisturizing the skin to prevent cracks. In some cases, these options may not provide relief.

At the Fairfax Vascular Center, our physicians are specialists in treating venous insufficiency and alleviating your symptoms.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • varicose veins
  • swelling or skin color changes on the affected leg

If the condition progresses, leg ulcers can form.

Am I At Risk?

Risk factors include:

  • Overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history
  • Had damage to your leg due to injury, surgery, or previous blood clots
  • High blood pressure in the leg veins over time, due to sitting or standing for long periods
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • A blood clot in a deep vein, often in the calf or thigh (deep vein thrombosis)

Are There Treatments for Venous Insufficiency?

Treatments range from compression garments, exercise, and medications, to surgery.  At the Fairfax Vascular Center, we offer minimally invasive treatments in a comfortable outpatient setting that don’t require surgery and may help to greatly improve your symptoms.

Endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This is  minimally invasive procedure offered at our our Center on an outpatient basis. You can go home the same day. During the procedure, a  tube (also called a catheter) puts heat  into the affected vein which causes the vein to close. Once the vein is closed, less blood pools in the leg. Overall blood flow is improved and your tired achy, heavy legs symptoms are greatly improved. 

Sclerotherapy.  A chemical is injected into the affected veins. The chemical causes scarring in the veins so that they can no longer carry blood. Blood then returns to the heart through other veins.

The highest quality of care with you at the center.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENTER

Outpatient Procedures at a Center Designed for Your Comfort and Safety

The Fairfax Vascular Center was built with the patient in mind. Designed to make your procedure as easy and as comfortable for you as possible. When you come to our state-of-the-art Center, you’ll find something remarkable.

Advanced equipment often only found in the area’s top hospitals

The region’s leading vein and vascular specialists – our doctors also work at the area’s top hospitals

A one on one consultation and  personalized treatment plan

Convenient and free parking right next to the center in a covered parking garage or parking lot

Our team of doctors work in the area’s best hospitals. When you are at our Center, you’re the center of our care.

Our board-certified physicians are Vascular and Interventional Specialists for fibroid, prostate, oncology, leg and knee and spinal conditions.

Our physicians are among the most experienced in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and are affiliated with the region’s top-ranked hospitals, including Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.

Team members are consistently selected as “Top Doctors”. We utilize Interventional Radiology for the treatment of vein and vascular conditions in the comfort of an outpatient setting. Feel great knowing you are receiving the best outpatient vascular care in the D.C. area.

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