Venous Disease Specialist

Douglas Vascular Center

Vascular Surgeons & Venous Specialists located in Douglas, GA

If you have the symptoms or signs of venous disease, you may need a venous ultrasound test to determine if you have a blood clot, a deep vein obstruction, or malfunctioning valves in the veins. William H. Davis, MD, FACS, and the team at Douglas Vascular Center in Douglas, Georgia, are one of the few vein-centered practices in the area that provides ultrasound to examine not just leg veins, but the deep veins in the pelvis, too. To get the answers you need about your leg pain or other leg symptoms, contact the vein experts at Douglas Vascular Center by phone or online form.

Venous Disease

What is venous disease?

Your veins are the vessels that carry blood back toward your heart after it’s circulated through your body. When your veins are healthy, their flexible walls and one-way valves push de-oxygenated blood up your legs, against gravity. When your veins don’t work properly, you could have a venous disease such as:

  • Varicose veins (superficial and deep) — large, twisted, swollen veins 
  • Deep vein thrombosis — a blood clot in a deep vein
  • Superficial venous thrombosis (aka phlebitis) — a blood clot in a vein near the surface
  • Chronic venous insufficiency — faulty valves create blood pooling and swelling

Spider veins are a type of varicose vein that affects small capillaries on your legs and face.

What are the symptoms of venous disease?

The most common venous disease — varicose veins — is characterized by large, twisted blue veins that push up on the surface of your skin. Other types of venous diseases can’t be seen but may create symptoms such as:

  • Legs that tire easily, especially during exercise (i.e., claudication)
  • Painful, heavy, or swollen legs
  • Changes to skin texture (e.g., shiny or leathery)
  • Changes to skin color
  • Slow-growing leg hair or toenails
  • Ulcers or tears in the skin

Another condition that causes symptoms similar to venous disease is lymphedema. Lymphedema occurs when your lymph nodes or lymph vessels can’t efficiently remove excess fluids from your body. Your leg pain and symptoms may be caused by lymphedema alone, venous disease alone, or a combination of both. 

How do doctors diagnose venous disease?

After conducting a thorough examination and taking a complete medical history, your vein expert administers tests to determine your vein health. Tests could include an angiogram (i.e., X-ray of veins) or a noninvasive ultrasound study.

How do doctors treat venous disease?

Your vein expert devises a custom-designed treatment plan based on the factors involved in your venous disease. Minimally invasive treatments may include:

  • Lifestyle changes — exercise, diet, compression garments
  • Sclerotherapy — saline injection
  • Foam sclerotherapy — foam administered to the vein through syringe or catheter
  • Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) — laser energy collapses unwanted veins
  • Radiofrequency (RF) ablation — RF energy removes dysfunctional veins
  • Deep venous therapy — ultrasound-guided catheter breaks up clots and opens deep veins

For comfortable, healthy legs, contact Douglas Vascular Center for venous disease evaluation and treatment. Contact the center by phone or online form.