Reflux occurs when the valve in the vein is no longer able to stop the blood from flowing backwards. In the case of varicose veins in your legs, the valve is allowing the blood to reflux, or flow backwards towards your feet. This increases the pressure in the veins of your legs, which causes them to swell and become varicose veins. This increase in pressure is called “Longstanding Venous Hypertension”. Longstanding venous hypertension may cause more serious problems such as skin changes or ulcerations in the legs. Other common symptoms are discomfort, throbbing, swelling, heaviness, aching, or restless legs.
Why is this important?
30% of patients have reflux whether they have symptoms or not. Reflux is a cause of venous insufficiency, which means your veins are not working as well as they should be. In some cases, insurance covers your vein treatment if reflux is present.
By Darby Martin, OMS4