01.26.2017

Long Days in Las Vegas Can Lead to Swollen Feet. Are Your Veins to Blame?


Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive disease condition prevalent in the United States. With CVI, veins in the legs can no longer pump blood back to the heart properly due to weakened or faulty valves within the veins. Failing one way valves lead to a backup of blood and increased pressure in the veins, causing uncomfortable symptoms.

What does swelling have to do with my veins?

Symptoms of CVI include varicose veins, pain, cramping, itching, burning, skin discoloration, ulcers and leg edema or swelling of the legs, ankles and feet. Leg edema occurs when there is a buildup of excess fluid. This swelling worsens in the lower half of the body because of the weight of gravity. Leg edema caused by CVI worsens towards the end of the day and after prolonged periods of standing or sitting. Las Vegas heat can also cause the swelling to increase. The main risk factors involved with CVI include genetics, age, hormonal changes and pregnancy.

How bad can it be?

Foot and lower leg swelling can be mild to severe, depending on your specific condition and lifestyle. The symptoms associated with the swelling will continue to progress. The skin can become dry, irritated and itchy. Discoloration of the skin can occur, along with open leg ulcers where the skin gives way to the fluid and leaking veins. Swelling and other symptoms of CVI, such as varicose veins, don’t go away on their own. Fortunately, treatment is highly effective and minimally-invasive.

How to be finished with leg and foot swelling

There are different procedures for treating chronic venous insufficiency. In the recent past, surgical methods such as invasive vein stripping were the main treatment options.

Luckily, today we have less invasive techniques, such as Radiofrequency Ablation, that are available to us. Radiofrequency Ablation is a treatment where carefully controlled heat heat via Radiofrequency waves is used to break down and close the dysfunctional veins, rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins. The treated veins are eventually reabsorbed by the surrounding tissue. Another treatment option is MOCA (Mechanical Occlusion Chemically Assisted) using the ClariVein catheter. This procedure is also minimally invasive and is performed at Alpha Vein Clinic. ClariVein uses mechanical agitation of the lining of the vein together with a sclerosing chemical to glue the vessel closed. Dr. Sassan Kaveh of Alpha Vein Clinic is one of the only physicians in Nevada who can perform MOCA using the ClariVein catheter.

Dr. Kaveh has successfully treated all symptoms of vein dysfunction at any stage. At Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas, we will diagnose your personal condition using a doppler ultrasound so that the affected vein is precisely identified. From there, Dr. Sassan Kaveh will set up a treatment plan that you are comfortable with and that suites your schedule. Many insurance companies cover the cost of treatment and we have insurance specialists that handle all of the details. There is no reason not to rid yourself of your leg swelling! Call us today at (702) 430-7661 and let Alpha Vein Clinic be your partner in better vein health.

Alpha Vein Clinic

Vein Clinic Las Vegas

3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400

Las Vegas, NV, 89128

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