Chronic Venous Insufficiency is essentially an epidemic in the United States — over 30 million people suffer from this disease. This is a condition where stale blood has trouble getting out of the legs because the main conduits — large veins that travel approximately 1/2 inch to 1 inch under the skin — are unable to conduct that blood properly back to the heart.
Less Invasive Than Surgery, Same Excellent Results
Unlike the patient in a surgical environment, the patient at Bunker Vein is seen as head of the team. We talk to them through every step of the way on how we evaluate their condition and the possibilities that the condition is serious enough that needs treatment, or perhaps that it’s just a cosmetic issue that can be treated in a very non-intrusive way.
If the patient has the underlying problem of chronic venous insufficiency, we teach them how we are going to evaluate that, we discuss what our findings are, and we tell them about three or four different ways we can treat that.
Approximately 10 years ago, newer technologies arose where small tubes called catheters could be used. This is a much less invasive process that only lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour maximum. It can be done right in the office, and the patient is awake the whole time (as opposed to surgical approach).
Not Just a Cosmetic Issue
The typical patient is anyone who is suffering from pain, discomfort, swelling, itching, or burning in their legs. They may also have prominent varicosities, dilated or bulging veins, or worst case scenario, skin breaking down and forming what we call an ulcer. These patients are not usually comfortable seeking help from their primary care physician because they frequently tell them, “It’s just a cosmetic issue, you can’t do anything about it.”
Our mission is to educate the public, and the referring doctors, that this condition can be addressed in a medical way yet non-invasive or minimally invasive way, can be covered by health insurance, and that the results are excellent.