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Self-Assessment Quiz

If you can answer YES to any of the questions below you may be a candidate for the vein ablation procedure. Speak with a physician to determine if the procedure is right for you.

  1. Have you previously been diagnosed with venous reflux or venous insufficiency?
    Venus reflux
    is backward flow. Reflux contributes to the development of varicose veins when incompetent leg vein valves let blood flow towards the feet instead of the heart.
    Venous insufficiency is poor or impaired flow of venous blood from the legs and feet to the heart. It is often characterized by symptoms such as varicose veins, swelling, aching, skin changes and/or venous ulcers. This condition is caused by over-dilation of venous vessels or damaged valves, resulting in pooling of blood, or by deep vein thrombosis. Over time, this damages other valves in the veins and speeds progression of venous reflux.

  2. Do you have varicose veins?
    Varicose veins
    are large, blue, bulging veins. Spider veins are small, thin veins that lay close to the skin surface.

  3. Do you experience any of the following symptoms in your legs, ankle, or feet ?
    • Leg pain, aching or cramping
    • Burning or itching of the skin
    • Leg or ankle swelling
    • "Heavy" feeling in legs
    • Skin discolorations or texture changes
    • Open wounds or sores

  4. Has anyone in your blood related family been diagnosed with varicose veins?

  5. Has anyone in your blood related family had vein stripping?
    Vein stripping
    is surgical removal of an incompetent vessel. Historically considered the standard of care for removing incompetent saphenous veins, stripping typically involves making an incision in the groin region and surgically tying off the top of the vein. An instrument resembling a thin rod with a bulbous end is then inserted into the saphenous vein and passed through to the knee. Another incision is made at the upper calf. The stripping device is then tied to the vein and pulled out through the second incision.

Next steps:

  • If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, you may want to speak with your physician about vein ablation.
  • If you need a physician, contact the Lowell General Physician Referral line at 1-877-LGH-WELL (1-877-544-9355).
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