Lawrence J. Markovitz, MD – Untreated Vein Disease

Lawrence J. Markovitz, MD, the former chairman of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery with the Luther Midelfort Mayo Health System, tends to patients with a variety of venous conditions. Currently practicing at the Virginia Vein Care clinics in McLean and Purcellville, Virginia, Lawrence J. Markovitz, MD, concentrates on providing minimally invasive treatment of vein disease.

While some may consider varicose and spider veins to be primarily a cosmetic concern, leaving these conditions untreated can, over time, cause greater medical issues. Three common disorders related to venous reflex are leg swelling, skin changes, and venous ulcers.

1. Leg Swelling. Also known as edema, leg swelling often indicates circulation problems. Damaged veins make it more difficult for blood to return to the heart. Some blood may remain in the lower leg, causing venous hypertension and swelling.

2. Skin Changes. Inadequate blood flow and the resulting increased pressure can also change the color of the leg. Along with this hyperpigmentation, the skin’s texture may be altered as well.

3. Venous Ulcers. More dangerous than the other two conditions, venous ulcers are wounds forming near the ankle. Venous ulcers occur in patients due to damaged veins. While some patients may be treated conservatively, others require more intensive, though still minimally invasive, procedures.