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Chronic Vein Insufficiency

Treatment for Chronic Vein Insufficiency in Westchester

By Dr. Donna D'Alessio


Vein problems such as varicose or spider veins are often just cosmetic concerns. However, in some cases they are telltale signs of an underlying health issue known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or CVI.

CVI occurs when the valves in the veins are not working properly. Healthy veins move blood towards the heart, and they have valves that keep the blood from leaking the opposite way. When the valves are leaking, venous insufficiency occurs.

Here are the leading warning signs for CVI:

  • A feeling of heaviness
  • Leg cramps
  • Tingling and itching sensations
  • Pain from standing
  • Leg swelling
  • Changes in skin color and condition on legs and ankles
  • Ulcers on the skin

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Why Choose Bellava

Only a highly qualified physician such as Dr. Donna D'Alessio who has performed over 10,000 leg procedures can effectively diagnose and treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Dr. Donna D'Alessio is not only a vein specialist but has a strong primary background is in anesthesiology and pain management. She is an empathetic and experienced doctor when it comes to treating any kind of pain associated with vein issues.

In addition to offering an excellent provider such as Dr. Donna D'Alessio, we are proud to feature a state-of-the-art, Joint Commission-accredited surgical suite and medspa setting. We offer our patients a luxury, spa-like waiting and recovery rooms. For more on our facility go here:

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Treatments for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

In determining if you have CVI, Dr. Donna D'Alessio will take your medical history and perform a physical examination. A venous ultrasound may be conducted to assess the blood flow, the valves, and sizes of the veins.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, is a minimally invasive alternative to eliminate abnormal veins, redirect blood flow to healthy veins, and relieve discomfort. For more on RFA.



This state-of-the art procedure involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and gradually fades. For more on Sclerotherapy go here.

Chronic Vein Insufficiency FAQs

What is chronic venous insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency occurs the valves in the veins are not working properly. In healthy situations, veins move blood towards the heart, and they have valves that keep the blood from leaking the opposite way. When the valves are leaking, venous insufficiency occurs.

What causes chronic venous insufficiency?

Genetics, pregnancy, and obesity are the most common causes. Leg trauma, and blood clots are can also cause chronic venous insufficiency. Other causes may include smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, and phlebitis.

Is chronic venous insufficiency dangerous?

If chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated, pain, inflammation, swelling, and leg ulcers may occur.

What are the treatment options for chronic venous insufficiency?

Radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomies.

Can I do anything to prevent chronic venous insufficiency?

Maintain a healthy body weight, exercise, avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time, and do not smoke.

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Best of Westchester 2013
Best of Westchester 2012
American Board of Anaesthesiology
The Joint Commission - National Quality Approval