Concurrent disease and leg problems

Question:  I have diabetes and heart disease. Can I get my varicose veins safely treated?

Answer: We see many patients at the Ashton Vein Center who have medical conditions in addition to venous disease.  This ranges from hypertension to diabetes to heart disease.

Many of our patients are on multiple medications.  The procedures we do in the office setting were originally designed for patients that were too ill to undergo vein stripping under general anesthesia.  These patients required treatment because as we age, the incidence of blood clots increases, especially in patients with other medical conditions.

The latest treatments are very safe and yet extremely effective.  There is no down time, and we have experienced no complications of bleeding, infection, or worsening of other conditions.

It has been shown that correcting leg problems has a beneficial effect on other medical conditions.

Correcting venous flow also helps arterial flow.  Reducing inflammation in your legs reduces the inflammation that effects the entire body.  If you have vein problems, concurrent disease or advanced age is no reason to postpone these treatments.  These other conditions are going to improve as you start feeling more like walking and even perhaps starting a regular exercise routine.

We are doing free screenings and consultations that will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.  At this free evaluation, I will give you a book that will help you in your quest for better legs and a more healthful and productive life style.  It may be that you will be able to take advantage of a new state-of-the-art treatment that eliminates the need for stockings.  The VenaSeal technique is available to Medicare patients, and is rapidly becoming the procedure of choice for this group.  By the way, if you need a ride to our office, we can arrange that for you as well.  This is a new – and FREE! – service we are proud to offer you. Don’t let leg edema and pain rob you of nice walk on the beach, or a stroll in the air-conditioned mall!

Treatment For Veins Depends On Training And Experience

Question: Should my primary physician or dermatologist treat my veins?

Answer: In the last several years, the practice of vein treatment has become a special area of expertise. Many types of physicians treat spider veins and even larger varicose veins as an additional service to their existing practices. This often leads to incomplete or even disastrous results.

 

Medical science has evolved into many special areas that require additional training and advanced credentialing. Phlebology has recently been recognized as a board-certified specialty. No longer should physicians dabble in this field as a hobby or look to sclerotherapy simply as a source of additional income. It takes full dedication and years of experience to reach the level of board-certified phlebologist.

 

Patients should become familiar with the experience, training, and dedication of the physician before treatment. In every case, a thorough physical examination of the extremities should be done. This includes taking a patient history, family history, inspection, palpation, and ultrasound evaluation.

 

Patients should become familiar with the experience, training, and dedication of the physician before treatment. In every case, a thorough physical examination of the extremities should be done. This includes taking a patient history, family history, inspection, palpation, and ultrasound evaluation.

 

The physician should discuss the importance of such symptoms as aching, swelling, itching, leg cramps, restless legs, and ulceration. Additionally, in many patients, the arterial system must be evaluated to be certain that the condition is not related to the arterial side of the circulation. Once this evaluation is complete, the treatment plan should be explained in detail so that reasonable expectations will be established.