used to be plagued by constant feelings of heaviness and tiredness in her legs.
In addition to her physical aches and pains, she was embarrassed to wear clothing
that would show her legs, due to some very visible and bulging veins.
Like many people
with these symptoms, Connie thought her problems were just a natural part of
the aging process, but they were actually be a sign of something more
spider veins are very often symptoms of a more serious vascular condition
called —superficial venous reflux,” says Dr. Carl Fastabend, an interventional
cardiologist and medical director of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana. According to Dr. Fastabend, the legs contain a
network of veins responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. Superficial
veins, those near the surface of the skin, connect to perforating veins which
carry blood from the superficial veins to the deep veins of the thigh and calf.
"Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist
the return of blood back to the heart, but when the valves that keep blood
flowing become damaged, venous reflux disease can develop, causing blood to
pool in the legs, which can lead to a progression of symptoms,” he
explains. "When varicose or spider veins become painful
and a sensation of heaviness in the legs is present, it is time to get it
The old way of
correcting venous insuffiency was to strip the veins. Today though, a newer
method called the VNUS Closure Procedure is bringing state-of-the-art
technology to an age old problem.
"The Closure procedure is performed on an
outpatient basis using ultrasound guidance,” Dr. Fastabend says. "We position
the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin
and radiofrequency energy sent via the catheter the vein wall. As the vein wall
is heated and the catheter withdrawn, the collagen in the wall shrinks and the
vein closes. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other
After being diagnosed with superficial venous
reflux and spider and varicose veins, Connie underwent the VNUS Closure
Procedure and sclerotherapy, an in-office cosmetic treatment, to reduce spider
veins on both legs, and now she says she has a new lease on life. "I feel 18
again. I can work an eight hour day at my retail job, go to the gym and do
housework without pain. I am actually looking forward to wearing shorts again.”
Call (337) 312-8346 or visit www.veincenter-swla.com for
more information about vein disorders and treatment options available at the Vein
Center of Southwest Louisiana.