New Healing Options for Venous Disorders


Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) announces a new service under the direction of cardiologist Dr. Vishal Patel for patients with venous disorders – The Vein Clinic. Utilizing the latest minimally invasive techniques and treatments for a full spectrum of venous disorders, this new specialty clinic is unique to the area and provides advanced care for patients. The Vein Clinic at NCMA is part of the expert cardiac and vascular care team utilizing leading-edge medical technology serving the North Bay.

Understanding Causes and Symptoms

Nearly 25 million people suffer from venous reflux in the U.S., a condition which causes varicose veins and other severe venous diseases including leg ulcers. Venous reflux disease, also referred to as venous insufficiency, is a condition that affects the circulation of blood in the lower extremities. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart, counter to the force of gravity.  When the valves become weak and no longer close properly, they allow blood to flow backward, resulting in a condition called reflux.

While venous reflux itself may not be serious it can cause major discomfort and various complications. Symptoms often increase the risks of a wide variety of other chronic conditions. Many of the resulting diseases, such as thrombophlebitis can be quite serious. Without proper treatment, venous reflux can even become debilitating. With diligent treatment and monitoring however, many patients experience dramatic symptom relief.

Facts about Venus Reflux and Varicose Veins

Venous reflux tends to be more common in women than in men. According the latest statistics, it’s also more likely to occur in women between 40 and 49 and in men between 70 and 79. Inactivity, which includes sitting or standing for long periods of time, can result in high blood pressure in the leg veins and that increases a person’s risk of developing venous conditions. Other risk factors include:

·       smoking

·       cancer

·       muscle weakness

·       leg injury, or trauma

·       obesity

·       pregnancy

·       blood clots

·       family history of venous insufficiency

Venous reflux disease can produce a number of clinical problems for the patient and can significantly impact a person’s lifestyle.  In addition to being very painful, the more serious symptoms include edema, skin changes, venous ulcers - and venous reflux disease commonly produces varicose veins which are abnormally swollen and discolored superficial leg veins.

Treatment Options

The Vein Clinic at NCMA offers several treatment options depending on severity. “Our new Santa Rosa clinic offers patients several treatment options including radiofrequency ablation (also known as Venefit or VNUS Closure), which represents a minimally invasive means of curing varicose veins and venous insufficiency,” explains Dr. Patel. “This treatment involves the use of radiofrequency energy, delivered through a catheter in a vein, to close the vein from the inside. Only a tiny incision in the leg is required for this procedure to be performed.” It is often done in the office using only local anesthesia and does not require a hospital stay. “Most patients find that the procedure is nearly painless, and the vast majority of patients are back to their usual routine by the next day,” he adds.

About The Vein Clinic and Dr. Patel

The Vein Clinic at NCMA is geared toward putting patients on the path to long-term recovery. The clinic provides comprehensive diagnostics and treatments for all types of vein disorders without lengthy hospital stays or extensive surgeries.

Dr. Vishal Patel’s background as Director of the Vein Clinic began with board certification in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, endovascular medicine and specialty certification with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation.  Vein disease treatment is Dr. Patel’s professional specialty and patient outcomes are extraordinary. To request more information about venous reflux today call (707) 573.6166.