What are Venous Stents?

Mid-section photo of a doctor examining a patient's legVeins are an integral part of the human circulatory system. Like arteries, they have valves to ensure that blood flows to the heart. Their purpose is to provide a continual supply of deoxygenated blood to the heart.

When veins get blocked, it leads to venous reflux, which makes blood flow backward, resulting in fatigue and other health issues. This may lead to needing surgery, or venous stent rectify. Some of the conditions associated are varicose and spider veins, swelling in the legs, ulcers, and skin discoloration. Venous disease is more common than people think. It is aggravated by standing for extended periods of time, pregnancy, and other factors.

Some risk factors include the following:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Being a woman
  • Obesity
  • Standing or sitting for extended periods
  • Excessive height

Some symptoms of venous veins to watch for are:

  • Itching and or a tingling sensation
  • Pain which gets worse with standing
  • Dull aches, cramps or heaviness in the legs
  • Dry, cracked skin which bleeds when scratched
  • Swollen legs
  • Visible varicose veins in the legs
  • Ulcers that occur on legs and heal slowly

What to do?

You must talk to your doctor and get a thorough physical exam. After the diagnosis, your doctor may ask for an ultrasound to check on how blood flows in the veins. They help to rule out issues like blood clots in the legs. Doctors usually suggest that a patient lose weight and does not sit or stand for too long. Constant movement and exercise are vital to keeping the blood circulating.

When surgery is an option

Venous stents are made of metal wires which help in keeping vein walls from collapsing. These stents are usually placed in large veins found in the chest, abdomen region, and legs to keep them from collapsing.

Venous stents have helped many people with conditions like DVT, May-Thurner Syndrome, and others. They not only ease the symptoms of a life-threatening condition but also improve blood flow. Talk to your doctor if you notice any symptoms and get treatment right away.