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Eric Engeron, MD, Interventional Cardiologist in Houma, consults a chart with a nurse

Leg & Vein Center

CIS physicians have pioneered a variety of methods to treat various venous diseases. Our physicians evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis to determine the best course of treatment.

Vein Disease
A nurse examines the veins on a patient's lower leg for signs of peripheral artery disease (PAD)

What Is Vein Disease?

Vein disease, or venous insufficiency, is a condition when the veins in the legs do not properly return blood flow back to your heart. Damaged or weakened veins cause blood to flow backward and pool in the legs. This leads to visible, painful, or swollen veins.

Vein Disease Experts

Without treatment, chronic venous insufficiency can be very painful and debilitating. It is important to consult a vein specialist for a proper diagnosis. Our cardiologists are among the most renowned venous disease specialists in the nation. This includes not only treatment for varicose veins, but many other conditions which can affect the health and strength of the veins as well. Especially if you have symptoms, it is important to visit a vein specialist. Click below to schedule a vein consult today.

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What Causes Vein Disease?

Vein disease begins as the result of damaged valves within the veins themselves. The primary function of veins is to return blood from the body to the heart. Muscle contractions in the legs help accomplish this goal by pushing the blood flow upward, against gravity. At the same time, valves inside the veins open to allow blood to flow in the correct direction and close to prevent it from coming back. However, when valves become weak or damaged, they may not be able to stop the backward flow of blood and subsequent pooling in the veins. Over time, this leads to the darkening, swelling and twisting of varicose veins.

What are the Risk Factors Associated with Vein Disease?

There are a number of risk factors which can lead to the development of vein disease.  While not all of these are controllable, some can be directly influenced by the patient.

Read More about the Risk Factors HERE

What are the Symptoms of Vein Disease?

Vein disease may produce no bothersome symptoms at all.  However, in cases which do become symptomatic.

Read More about the Symptoms HERE

Diagnosing Vein Disease

Diagnosing vein disease relies on a combination of symptoms, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. To confirm the presence of vein disease, a physician may use a variety of methods.

Learn More about Diagnosing & Treatments HERE

How Can Vein Disease Be Prevented?

While certain risk factors for varicose veins are beyond a patient’s control, there are steps that can be taken to minimize varicose veins and their impact on the body. These include:

  • Physical Activity – In order to alleviate pressure in the veins and encourage blood flow, it’s important to take regular breaks from sitting by getting up to move and by elevating the legs for 15-minute intervals at least three times per day. Exercise programs such as walking and yoga are also useful to incorporate.

  • Compression Stockings – Damaged veins have difficulty maintaining their proper position. This can lead to the pooling of blood, pain, and swelling often associated with varicose veins. Compression stockings can help combat this by aiding in vein placement.

  • Diet & LifestyleEating a healthy diet of proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber can help control weight. Likewise, patients should limit sodium and focus on drinking healthy amounts of water each day.

Treatments & Procedures

CIS Leg & Vein Centers operate in the following areas:

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

8401 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809



191 Innovation Court, Suite A
Gray, LA 70359



225 Dunn Street
Houma, LA 70360



422 Kade Drive, Suite 1
Jennings, LA 70546

CIS Lafayette General Medical Center

Lafayette on Heymann

441 Heymann Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70503

Lafayette General Southwest

Lafayette on Ambassador

2730 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70506

Modern brick building with a unique heart-shaped logo on the facade under a blue sky with fluffy clouds.


4909 Great River Drive
Meridian, MS 39305

New Iberia

New Iberia

500 North Lewis Street, Suite 100
New Iberia, LA 70563

CIS Opelousas General Health System


1233 Wayne Gilmore Circle, Suite 450
Opelousas, LA 70570

CIS Thibodaux Clinic


1320 Martin Luther King Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301

CIS Westbank Clinic, Harvey, LA


1901 Manhattan Blvd, Building A, Suite 200
Harvey, LA 70058

CIS Zachary Clinic, Lane Medical Plaza


6550 Main Street, Suite 1000
Zachary, LA 70791

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