By Dr. Kelly O’Donnell

          If you are suffering from varicose veins, restless leg syndrome or have heaviness in your legs, you could be suffering from venous reflux disease. Many patients have heard stories about vein stripping for varicose vein removal and worry that modern treatment may also be painful and complex. Fear no more. With today’s state-of-the-art technology, varicose vein treatments can be performed with relative ease and be minimally invasive, allowing patients to return to their normal activities the same day as their procedure. In addition, varicose vein laser treatments are covered by most insurance companies.

Venous reflux disease is a progressive disorder caused by insufficiencies in the venous system of the lower extremities. Patients have damaged or “leaky” valves which prevent the proper flow of blood. Over time this condition damages the veins, contributing to varicose veins, pain or swelling in the legs and ankles, and other painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Any patient with ankle swelling and a family history of varicose veins should be screened for venous disease with duplex ultrasound. The swelling can often be minimized or eliminated with simple in-office treatment.

Do you have venous reflux disease? An estimated 25 million men and women in the United States suffer from it. The single-most significant contributing factor is family history. Other contributing factors are excessive weight, occupations requiring long periods of standing or sitting and pregnancy. Common symptoms include:

  • Aching or heaviness in the legs
  • Throbbing or cramping at night
  • Burning or itching over varicose veins and bulging spider veins
  • Difficulty tolerating long car rides or plane flights
  • Ankle swelling
  • Restless leg syndrome

Venous reflux disease and varicose veins can negatively impact your life, making you change your routines and habits without even realizing it. Patients often report avoiding activities that require prolonged, idle sitting and standing. Today’s latest technique and technology to treat vein disorders, including laser and radio-frequency (VNUS) closure procedures, phlebotomy and sclerotherapy, allow for quick and pain-free treatments.  It’s time to stop suffering from the chronic pain and discomfort. Take one step closer to a happier, healthier you.

Dr. O’Donnell, a certified vein specialist and owner of O’Donnell Vein & Medical Spa, is dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of vein disorders and cosmetic vein care. State-of-the-art treatments and solutions are offered to anyone suffering leg discomfort caused by vein disorders as well as aesthetic services. She can be contacted at 410.643.1999 or [email protected] or visit     



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