Venous disease, or vein disease, can be a difficult thing to live with, whether because of the aesthetic effects, associated pain, or both.
Our VasCare teams at Corpus Christi and Beaumont can help you find physical relief and regain your confidence by treating your spider veins, varicose veins, or chronic venous insufficiency.
And we can do it with short office visits and minimally invasive treatments that let you get treated and get on with your life.
Several different conditions fall under the umbrella of Venous Disease. No matter which one (or more) you’re suffering from, VasCare can help.
Often treated for cosmetic reasons, these tiny but larger-than-normal veins just under the surface of the skin can sometimes cause itching or burning and/or indicate a more serious venous disease. Most patients experience them on the legs.
In this disease, veins of typically the legs and feet become twisted and bulging to a size of 3mm in diameter or more when faulty valves lead to blood flowing in the wrong direction. Varicose veins can cause swelling, feelings of achiness or tiredness, burning, itching, numbness, or tingling, cramping, and restless leg syndrome.
Falling between spider veins and varicose veins in size, reticular veins usually appear on the backs of the knees, on the inside of the thighs, or around the ankles. Although they don’t usually protrude above the skin, some patients dislike their blue or purple coloring and they may also cause pain or discomfort.
Swelling legs are caused by edema (an abnormal buildup of fluid in tissues), whether due to the lymphatic system working poorly or venous reflux (blood pooling in the vein). Either way, this can be a painful and uncomfortable ailment that typically strikes the area around the ankle bones first before spreading to the lower legs, calves, and feet.
When venous reflux worsens or varicose veins are left untreated, skin may take on a tan or reddish-brown appearance due to inflammation, followed by the breakdown of red blood cells. It can take some time, but this condition that’s often accompanied by redness, itching, and oozing can be improved as the cause of venous reflux is treated, although the skin may not return to its natural color.
Also known as venous wounds, venous stasis ulcers, and venous insufficiency ulcers, venous ulcers are a serious issue that must be addressed as soon as possible. That’s why we treat with as progressive a therapy as possible.
Also called venous thrombosis or just DVT, deep vein thrombosis is a potentially serious condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein or veins, typically in your legs. Although you may not notice any symptoms, leg pain and swelling often result. If the clot breaks loose it can travel elsewhere through the body and cause pulmonary embolism.
“If I would have known how easy the procedures were and how painless they were, I definitely would have done them sooner.”Ruby Pohlers
“Every time I come here, it’s always comfortable.”Mr. Anthony Sua
We offer multiple options for instances of vein disease where treatment is medically necessary.
Wearing compression stockings and focusing on exercise, weight loss, and leg elevation can help alleviate symptoms of vein disease, although they will not reverse vein damage. Conservative therapy can also be used to meet insurance company requirements before moving to more advanced treatments.
We’re proud to offer Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy, the quick and painless treatment modality that resolves varicose veins and other vein diseases through the use of radiofrequency (RF). This energy heats the collagen in the vein walls, which causes the vein to shrink, seal shut, and ultimately be harmlessly absorbed by the surrounding tissue.
Venous stents function like coronary stents, helping keep veins open to treat deep vein thrombosis, post-thrombotic syndrome, May-Thurner Syndrome, and more. Most venous stents can be placed in an outpatient procedure using moderate sedation.
This therapy treats severe vein disease cases with a simple injection of a chemical agent called a sclerosant, which irritates the problematic vein and encourages it to close.
A treatment that Dr. Lee was one of the first to adopt in the nation, VenaSeal involves using a specially formulated medical adhesive to hold the walls of a diseased vein together, which reroutes blood to healthier veins and relieves vein disease symptoms.
When your spider veins, reticular veins, and/or small varicose veins are causing you embarrassment but not pain, VasCare can still help. We can perform liquid injection sclerotherapy that, like foam sclerotherapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that heals the venous reflux causing the problem. Noticeable improvement can often be seen in as little as three weeks with this simple therapy.
At VasCare, we use the latest ultrasound equipment, including color flow duplex ultrasonography, which uses colors to show the speed and direction of blood flow in real time.
We also utilize state-of-the-art radiological imaging and fluoroscopy equipment to diagnose and treat deep vein issues. Brand names we trust in our medical product purchases include Medtronic, VenaSeal, Varithena, and Asclera.
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Everyone in the office is great. Dr. Lee is very patient and always takes the time needed to explain everything to me. The staff is very comforting and pays a lot of attention to me.Mercedes O.
I love all of the staff and Dr. Lee is great, he is very funny. They all made me feel so comfortable and I can already notice a decrease of leg pain and swelling.Alice S.
I loved my experience at VasCare. The entire staff were great. Very caring. The doctor spends time with you explaining what will be done to fix your problems I have no negative symptoms since my treatment. My legs are doing great. I had procedures done on both of my legs in November and we took a family vacation to Disney for Christmas. My Fitbit tracked me walking an average of 8 miles per day. No problem. I had a wonderful experience by caring professionals who knew exactly what they were doing.Sherry F..
I was very impressed by the staff and the doctor. You have bad veins? Dr. G is the answer! Felt like “Home.” 100% healed – no pain.William S..
I had been having issues with my legs that resulted in thrombophlebitis. I had surgery on my legs just a little over 3 weeks ago, and they have never felt better. Dr. Gutierrez is extremely professional and makes his patients feel comfortable – prior to and during – the procedures. You provided me a whole different perspective on getting shots. I will always refer to them from now on as little ouchies.Brian R..
I would recommend VasCare to others because of the professional and courteous staff.Marian B..
After some time with such heaviness in my legs and struggling up stairs, I can’t believe how light my right leg feels only 2 days after the procedure. The leg already feels a few pounds lighter than the left leg. Thank you for making this a relief and this chance to have better mobility and physical activity.Angela C..
With more than 20,000 successful procedures performed over the last 20 years, Dr. Llewellyn Lee is a highly respected authority in the treatment of venous disease. He also helped launch VenaSeal–the first glue-based, non-tumescent, and non-thermal vein disease treatment procedure–and has trained physicians from all over the U.S. in vein disease treatment protocols.
Dr. Charles J. Gutierrez works in our Beaumont office and is a board-certified surgeon who also has over 20 years experience. Since 2010 he has been exclusively managing and treating medically necessary venous disease. He is also a published author of numerous articles on Doppler ultrasound, transesophageal ultrasound, and vascular surgery.
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