Chronic venous insufficiency can cause several symptoms, including pain, swelling, tiredness, heaviness, and ulcers. CVI is a serious condition that can lead to complications if left untreated.

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What are the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency?

If you have chronic venous insufficiency, it is important to seek treatment. Without treatment, this condition can lead to:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Cramps
  • Skin changes
  • Varicose veins
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Leg cramps
  • Leg ulcers

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact NYBG veins today. 

Why choose NYBG Veins?

Dr. Ahn is an experienced and knowledgeable doctor who can help you with any vein condition or disease. With years of experience and continuing education in new techniques, he can pinpoint the exact cause of vein issues, even when other doctors have not been successful. All procedures are done in the office and are minimally invasive, so there is no downtime. 

All vein disease treatments at NYBG veins are customized to meet your unique condition.  Some may require a more extensive treatment plan, while others may only need a few office visits. According to studies, 50-90% of women will experience vein disease at some point in their lives. Dr. Ahn can help you get on the road to recovery and improve your quality of life.

What causes chronic venous insufficiency?

You may be predisposed to CVI If you: 

  • Are overweight
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a family history of CVI
  • Have had prior damage to your leg due to injury
  • Have had prior leg surgery
  • Have had prior blood clots

Some other potential causes of chronic venous insufficiency include:

  • High blood pressure in the leg veins over time
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Deep vein thrombosis. 
  • Phlebitis (swelling and inflammation of a vein close to the skin) 
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Chronic venous insufficiency, how can it be treated?

Your treatment plan will be based on several factors, but may include:

  • Improving blood flow in your leg veins
  • Medicines
  • Endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgery
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What should I expect with my chronic venous insufficiency procedure?

Treatment options for chronic venous insufficiency include sclerotherapy and surgery.


Sclerotherapy is one common treatment for CVI. During this procedure, medication is injected into the affected veins. This causes the veins to collapse and close off, redirecting blood flow to healthier veins.


Surgery is another option for treating CVI. There are several different surgical procedures that can be used, depending on the severity of your condition. In some cases, the damaged veins may be removed entirely. In other cases, a new vein may be created to bypass the damaged section. 

What is the goal of CVI?

The goal of treatment with CVI is twofold: To reduce the pressure and swelling in your leg veins, and to prevent the ulcers that can result from the condition.

In most cases, treatment involves wearing special compression stockings or garments that apply gentle pressure to your legs, helping to push the blood up toward your heart.

In more severe cases, you may need medication or surgery. With treatment, most people with CVI can prevent ulcers and other serious complications.

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What is the recovery for CVI?

Recovery from sclerotherapy and surgery is typically quick. Most people can return to their normal activities immediately post procedure. However, it is important to follow your doctor's instructions for care after treatment. This will help to ensure the best possible outcome. In some cases, additional treatment may be needed to improve the results of your initial treatment.

Welcome to NYBG Veins

If you struggle with uncomfortable, painful veins, we invite you to discover a vein treatment center that delivers the most advanced treatments for a range of venous conditions, in a clinic that offers the highest level of compassionate care.

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