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What Are the Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy versus Traditional Sclerotherapy? Jul 1st, 2020

Varicose veins are common, affecting some 3 in 10 adults, most of them women. These swollen, twisted, red-to-blue-colored veins most commonly form on the surface of the legs, feet, and especially the calves, as standing and walking place a great deal of pressure on the veins in those regions. At...

How Endovenous Ablation Can Repair Your Damaged Veins Jun 23rd, 2020

Varicose veins are common, affecting as many as 3 in 10 adults — more women than men. And more than 70% of Americans experience some type of vein disease. Varicose veins are the red-to-purplish, twisted and bulging veins that most often appear in the legs, primarily because walking and standing...

Are You at Risk of Developing DVT? May 27th, 2020

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects over 900,000 people, with as many as 30% of them dying within the first month after diagnosis. Many people don’t even know they have the condition before a crisis hits. Dr. Dev Batra, an interventional radiologist at Dallas Vein...

Could Venous Insufficiency be Causing Your Restless Leg Syndrome? Apr 30th, 2020

If you find that you can’t relax, and that every time you try, you experience an uncontrollable desire to move your legs, then you might have restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome makes you feel like you constantly have to move your legs, even when you’re sleeping.   At Dallas Vein...

When are Varicose Veins More Than Just a Cosmetic Concern? Mar 24th, 2020

It’s hard to miss varicose veins near the skin’s surface in your legs. Gnarled and bulging, blue and purple, these are an unwanted feature for many people who develop them since they take away the even skin tone associated with good health.  Varicose veins aren’t always limited to cosmetics, however....

Compression stockings for varicose veins: are they effective? Jan 31st, 2020

Compression stockings have been a standard treatment for varicose veins for many decades, and are still prescribed today as a first-line therapy to manage symptoms and prevent the progression of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).   While compression stockings can provide effective symptom relief for some, many patients find them uncomfortable...

Varicose Veins to Venous Ulcers: The Stages of Chronic Venous Disease Dec 22nd, 2019

Venous leg ulcers (VLU) are the final manifestation of what is called chronic venous disease (CVD), and CVD is a complicated process that affects millions of people in the United States and worldwide. Varicose veins are probably the most infamous of the manifestations of CVD, but there are other signs...

Preventing Vein Problems: How Regular Exercise Can Help Dec 22nd, 2019

Have you ever stood in a line, maybe for an elevator or a roller coaster, and you notice that the line is growing faster than people can move through? The line grows and grows until either: (1) people don’t think the wait is worth it, or (2) you run out...

RF vs. Laser Vein Ablation: Similar Outcomes? Dec 22nd, 2019

RF and laser vein ablation are the two most common treatments available for varicose veins. Vein specialist Dr. Dev Batra compares the two treatments and discusses which is more preferred. Laser and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are the two most common therapies available for individuals suffering from varicose veins. While the...

Restless Legs? Vein Treatment Might Help Dec 22nd, 2019

A female in her mid 40’s presents to Dallas Vein Institute without visible signs of vein disease. One of her primary complaints is having restless legs at night. She describes incessant urges to move her legs when she lies down that only subside when her calves and thighs are massaged,...

Varicose Veins & Risk of DVT: New Evidence to Consider for Providers & Patients Dec 22nd, 2019

Background and Motivation As we discussed in our last post, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) results from a blood clot in one or more of the deep veins. It is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects up to 0.1% of the population annually (about 1 in 1000 individuals). As such, the...

Lower Extremity Vein Anatomy & Venous Diseases Dec 22nd, 2019

Introduction to Veins Veins are blood vessels responsible for carrying used blood from your organs and tissues back to your heart. Broadly, we can divide the major veins in our legs into four categories: (1) dermal/hypodermal, (2) superficial, (3) deep, and (4) perforator veins (we won’t discuss perforator veins in...

What is Microphlebectomy & When is it a Good Treatment Option for Varicose Veins? Dec 22nd, 2019

A 31-year old female presents with a visible varicose vein coursing down the length of her right leg. The patient complains of pain along the course of the vein in her anterior thigh and along her knee. The culprit vein looks quite tortuous and many of its segments are actually...

Advantages of the VenaSeal Procedure for Varicose Vein Treatment Dec 22nd, 2019

The VenaSeal procedure is a new method of vein closure that has unique advantages over other treatment options. Vein specialist Dr. Dev Batra provides a review of how VenaSeal treatment works and how its advantages might provide a better patient experience.   In our last post, we discussed the advent...

Evidence for Thermal Ablation in Venous Leg Ulcers Dec 22nd, 2019

In our last article, we discussed how chronic venous disease is a spectrum of signs and symptoms from small spider veins all the way to skin ulcers. The focus was placed on understanding the early indicators because early treatment is instrumental in preventing worsening of venous disease.   Varicose veins...

Relationship Between Venous Reflux & Spider Veins Dec 22nd, 2019

Rounded estimates based on The San Diego Population Study.ᴬ   When we have the opportunity to sit down and talk venous disease with our medical peers, we tend to emphasize the subtleties of reflux. It’s important to catch venous reflux in its early stages to prevent worsening of the disease,...

How Vein Disease Negatively Impacts Your Daily Life Dec 22nd, 2019

When discussing vein disease, we often talk of its symptoms, its complications, and its cosmetic manifestations. It’s less common that we discuss its impact on everyday life. The symptoms of vein disease obviously cause a great deal of discomfort, but how do they impact routine activities and quality of life?...

UGFS Vein Treatment Explained Dec 22nd, 2019

Vein specialist Dr. Dev Batra explains ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) and its role in vein treatment.   Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS), like thermal ablation or the adhesive-based VenaSeal system, is yet another option in the vein specialist’s toolbox for managing vein problems. The three methods - sclerotherapy, ablation, and adhesive...

Healing Venous Ulcers With Vein Closure Dec 22nd, 2019

Treatments that close down varicose veins can sometimes help venous leg ulcers heal. Dr. Dev Batra describes the experiences of one of his patients that was living with a venous leg ulcer, and how he used a vein closure procedure to help heal her ulcer.   Venous leg ulcers are...

Vein Removal Surgery: No Longer the Best Treatment Option for Varicose Veins Dec 22nd, 2019

Despite the availability of minimally invasive approaches, some surgeons still recommend vein removal surgery to treat major varicose veins in the leg. We’re strong advocates for minimally invasive approaches (like the one pictured above), not just because we’re trained endovascular vein specialists, but also because minimally invasive treatments have proven...

Preventing Varicose Veins During Pregnancy Dec 22nd, 2019

We know from having kids of our own that pregnancy can be overwhelming. Preparing for a new child takes a lot of work, and there are literally books full of health advice to keep up with. As committed vein specialists, we feel that it’s our responsibility to add one more...

Laser or Injections for Spider Veins: Which is Better? Dec 21st, 2019

Vein specialist Dr. Dev Batra explains the differences between laser treatment and sclerotherapy injections for spider veins, and which option is better. Because Dallas Vein Institute is a full-service vein clinic, we’re often asked why we don’t offer laser treatment. The short answer is that sclerotherapy injections have proven advantages...

Cramping, Itchiness, & Restless Legs: The Hidden Symptoms of Vein Problems Dec 20th, 2019

Your veins may actually be the reason that you experience frequent night cramps, restless leg activity, and soreness in your legs. Our patients are often surprised by the symptoms that their veins are causing. Unfortunately, the cosmetic manifestations of vein problems tend to bias our thinking away from the medically...