Vein Health 101

March 14, 2017

Vein Disorder TreatmentYou may not think much about your veins – until one of those bulging varicose veins suddenly appears on your lower leg. While it may seem like that vein came out of nowhere, there was an entire process that went on inside your veins to contribute to its development. To understand varicose veins, it is helpful to know how the veins function and what can go wrong inside of them to make those swollen vessels form. Check out these basics on vein health from the team at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin.

What are Veins?

Veins are the vessels that move blood back to the heart. The arteries take the blood to all of the tissue and organs of the body, providing essential oxygen and nutrients the body needs to function. The veins then return deoxygenated blood back to the heart so the process can start all over again.

Unlike the arteries, the veins don’t have help from the pumping heart to get blood where it needs to go. Instead, they contain small valves that move the blood in a single direction. Muscle contractions throughout the body also help blood to continue pumping through the veins efficiently.

Types of Veins

Since our primary goal is to understand varicose veins, we will focus on the veins in the leg. There are three basic types of leg veins:

Deep veins are found near the center of the leg and are typically the largest type of veins. These veins carry blood from the smaller veins directly back to the heart. These are also the veins that are most vulnerable to blood clot formation, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

Superficial veins are those found closer to the skin’s surface. These veins are responsible for bringing blood from the outer skin and tissue to the main veins in the center of the leg. They are also the veins that are most likely to become visible as spider or varicose veins.

Perforator veins connect deep veins and superficial veins.

Vein disorders of the superficial veins are typically the ones that lead to the development of spider and varicose veins. Fortunately, there are many superficial veins in the body, which means if one becomes damaged, blood can be redirected to healthy veins nearby.

When Things Go Wrong

Varicose veins are frequently caused by an underlying vein disorder known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition occurs when those small valves inside the vessel become damaged or wear out over time. The damage is more common in the lower leg veins because these vessels have to work much harder to move blood all the way up the leg to the heart. The valves in these veins are more likely to wear out because of all the pressure that is placed on them over a lifetime.

There are steps you can take to protect those hard-working lower leg veins and lower your risk for CVI and varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy weight avoids excessive stress on the veins, while regular exercise gives flexing calf muscles the opportunity to support the veins. It is also a good idea to avoid prolonged periods of sitting and standing, since this also places excessive strain on the vein.

Treating Vein Disorders

If CVI and varicose veins do appear, there are minimally-invasive treatment options to address the conditions. These treatments primarily focus on eliminating damaged veins so blood naturally redirects to healthy veins in the vicinity. Dr. Jimenez and the staff at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have numerous options in vein treatments that allow them to tailor your procedure to your precise needs.

Don’t suffer with CVI and varicose veins. To find out which treatment is right for you, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

Progression of Vein Disease

March 2, 2017

Progression of Vein DiseaseVein disease is a common condition that could affect as many as half of all adults by the time they turn 60. The key to effective treatment is to address the condition as early as possible. The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have listed the major stages of vein disease to help you understand if your condition requires the evaluation of a vein specialist.

 

Spider Veins

In the earliest stage of vein disease, you might notice networks of red or blue lines on the leg that resemble a spider’s web. Known as spider veins or telangiectasia, these patterns can be an indication your lower leg veins are being over-taxed. This means small valves inside the vessels may be wearing out, allowing blood to pool inside the vein so that it enlarges and becomes visible on the skin’s surface. In most cases these are simply a cosmetic nuisance, however, in some cases, spider veins can signify an underlying more significant venous problem. If this is left unattended, this may progress to visible varicose veins.

 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger visible vessels that can be red, blue or flesh-colored and often protrude above the surface of the skin. These swollen vessels are nearly always found on the lower leg, often behind the knee. Varicose veins are a sign that your vein disease is progressing, particularly when they are accompanied by heaviness and pain.

 

Edema

Many times, progression of vein disease can be characterized by swelling of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. Also known as edema, this symptom can cause tightness in the skin. The symptom may improve when the legs are elevated, but will typically return when the elevation stops. The swelling may be worse at the end of the day, when the legs are fatigued.

 

Skin Discoloration

If the vein disease is not addressed at this point, it may continue to progress with signs that may become permanent even if the veins are treated later on. One of those signs is discoloration of the skin around where the varicose veins have appeared. The skin may turn red or brown and may take on a leathery look and feel. Skin may also become thinner at this stage, which can make the leg more vulnerable to injury.

 

Skin Ulceration

At this final stage of vein disease, skin ulcerations begin to form. These large, gaping sores can be the result of a small nick or scratch that quickly progresses to a more serious wound due to the poor circulation and increased pressure caused by the damaged veins. These ulcerations can be difficult to treat, often taking many months to heal completely. They also have a very high recurrence rate, particularly if the underlying cause of the vein disease is not detected and properly treated.

 

Because of the potential of permanent damage to the leg, it is best to treat vein disease before it progresses too far. Physicians like Dr. Jimenez that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases can provide you with an early diagnosis and the best prognosis for eliminating the varicose veins and other symptoms permanently.

 

If you have noticed some of the early signs of vein disease, it is best to seek care sooner rather than later. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-310-8346 to find out how we can help you treat your vein disease and eliminate unsightly varicose veins.

What’s the Difference between Vein Treatments?

January 1, 2017

Difference in Vein TreatmentsThere are many ways to eliminate spider and varicose veins today, which can make it difficult to know which treatment will serve your needs best. The right procedure for you will depend on the type of veins you want to treat, their size and their location. To help you understand the difference between the vein treatments now available at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we have put together a few basics to help you distinguish between all of them.

Spider Vein Options

Spider veins are smaller, visible veins that often appear in a network on the surface of the skin. Cosmetic sclerotherapy is considered the “gold standard” for treating these vessels. The procedure injects a special solution directly into the visible veins, which seals the veins closed. The sealed vein collapses and is reabsorbed by the body over time. Blood reroutes naturally to healthy veins nearby so vascular function is not negatively affected by the procedure.

Procedures for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are larger than spider veins and often protrude above the skin’s surface. They are usually found on the lower leg and behind the knee. These veins may also be accompanied by aching and swelling if the underlying condition that leads to the visible vessels has advanced.

There are more treatment options for varicose veins today. At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer the following procedures:

Foam Sclerotherapy

This is an updated version of the traditional sclerotherapy technique that allows the injectable treatment to be used on larger varicose veins. Instead of injecting the liquid solution, this procedure uses a foaming agent that has a similar consistency to shaving cream. The thicker texture displaces blood inside the vessel so the vein walls can be sealed closed. Ultrasound imaging is used to guide the foam solution into the vessel and then monitors the vein after treatment to ensure it closes properly.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Another effective option in treating larger varicose veins is an innovative therapy known as endovenous laser treatment or EVLT. This procedure uses a small fiber that is inserted into the visible vein using a very small incision. The fiber delivers laser energy into the vein, which seals the vein closed in a similar fashion to sclerotherapy. This is the most common treatment prescribed to patients suffering from larger varicose veins.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

For some patients, the actual removal of a varicose vein is the best treatment option. Fortunately, this process can be completed with much less discomfort and downtime than surgical treatments of the past. Ambulatory phlebectomy uses very small incisions made along the length of the vein and a special tool that grasps the vessel and removes it from the leg in small sections. This procedure is often recommended to patients that have vessels too large to treat with sclerotherapy, but too small to safely treat with EVLT.

Vein Treatment Benefits

No matter which vein treatment turns out to be the best choice for you, you can rest assured your procedure will be minimally invasive and involve almost no downtime afterward. We perform all of our varicose vein treatments using local anesthetic and patients are able to return home or to other activities as soon as the procedure is over. Because the vein is completely eliminated, the results are considered permanent.

Don’t let too many choices in varicose vein treatments hinder you from getting the relief you need from painful vessels. Dr. Jimenez will assess your condition and help you select the best treatment option for you. To learn more, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

Women and Varicose Veins

December 15, 2016

Women and Varicose Veins

Women and Varicose VeinsVaricose veins plague both men and women, but women seem to suffer from these swollen vessels much more frequently. There are a number of reasons why women are more vulnerable to varicose veins than men overall. The good news is that if you do experience a few varicose veins over time, there are plenty of effective treatment options to eradicate the unsightly vessels and uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany them.

What causes varicose veins?

Most varicose veins are actually a visible sign of a vein disorder known as venous insufficiency. This condition develops when veins stop working properly, allowing blood to reflux back in the vessel rather than moving in a single direction back to the heart. The extra blood in the vein leads to weakening and swelling of the vessel. Eventually, a varicose vein appears on the surface of the skin.

Venous insufficiency does not go away or improve on its own. Like any medical condition, this disorder must be properly treated to ensure the disorder is sufficiently addressed and no further complications arise. Venous insufficiency tends to occur more often in women than men for a number of reasons. Understanding risk factors will help you to understand why the female population is more prone to this disorder.

Risk Factors

There are a number of reasons why some people are more prone to venous insufficiency than others:

  • Genetics – when your parents have varicose veins, you risk increases significantly
  • Age – the condition is more common in adults over the age of 50
  • Weight – added pounds tend to put more pressure on those lower leg veins
  • Lack of Exercise – flexing of the calf muscle helps move blood back up the body
  • Occupation – If your work requires long periods of sitting or standing, your risk may be higher

There are also risk factors that are common to women, which makes this disorder more prevalent among the female population.

The Female Factor

The American College of Phlebology estimates that as many as half of all women suffer the cosmetic embarrassment of varicose veins and many also experience uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with venous insufficiency. That is four times more women than men that experience these conditions. One of the primary reasons women are more vulnerable is estrogen, a hormone in the female body that tends to relax vein walls.

This function is important during pregnancy to accommodate the increased blood flow in a woman’s body during those nine months. In addition to the hormonal factor, the increasing size of the uterus during pregnancy stresses a woman’s hard-working lower leg veins, making them more vulnerable to damage. This is why many women see varicose veins form during pregnancy. In some cases, the veins disappear after the baby arrives, but other women see those bulging vessels linger long after their pregnancy.

Women may also have a higher risk for varicose veins if they tend to wear high heels frequently. This type of shoe prevents the calf muscle from flexing properly when you walk. Since the flexed calf muscle helps to push blood through the lower leg veins, when it doesn’t work properly, the veins have to work that much harder. This can also make them more prone to damage and varicosity.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, women have a number of treatment options for varicose veins available at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin. We offer state-of-the-art procedures to eliminate swollen veins and their uncomfortable symptoms with minimal discomfort and downtime involved. To learn more, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

The Benefits of Winter Vein Treatments

December 1, 2016

the-benefits-of-winter-vein-treatmentsYou might be thinking that now that cooler weather has finally arrived, you can safely tuck those unattractive varicose veins safely underneath your jeans and long pants. However, there is a better way to address those veins this winter than to merely hide them away. Now is the perfect time to indulge in a vein treatment that will eradicate the appearance of the veins as well as any painful symptoms you might be experiencing. Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has a number of reasons why winter is the right time to treat those varicose veins.

 

Winter and Varicose Veins

Winter is not the best time of year for those bulging vessels. The colder temperatures and less active lifestyle can lead to worsening of symptoms like pain, leg fatigue and a sensation of restless legs at the end of the day. Why not avoid the entire uncomfortable experience by treating your varicose veins before the trouble begins? The good news is that the same treatments that eliminate the appearance of the veins will also get rid of those symptoms – sometimes almost immediately.

Easy Scheduling

Many people find it easier to schedule medical appointments during the winter months when business often slows down. While this procedure does not involve much downtime afterward, it is often easier to return home to rest after a treatment when the weather is not conducive to outdoor activities. In addition, many doctors find their schedules are more open this time of year, making it easier for you to find a convenient time for your procedure.

Hiding the Evidence

Varicose vein treatments are minimally-invasive procedures that involve minimal incisions and downtime. However, there can be some mild bruising and swelling around the treatment sites, which may persist for a few days after the procedure. When you schedule your vein treatment this time of year, your winter clothing will safely hide the evidence of your procedure until your legs fully heal. If you are advised to wear compression stockings for a period of time after your treatment, your long pants and jeans will safely hide those as well.

Sun Protection

It is important to protect skin from the sun after nearly any type of vein treatment. UV rays can cause complications after vein procedures, such as discoloration of the skin that can become permanent in some cases. During the winter season, it is much easier to protect the legs from sun exposure for a period of time after treatment, either with cool weather clothing or by simply remaining indoors after the treatment is completed.

Time for Results

Most vein treatments work by causing the affected veins to seal closed and collapse so that they can be reabsorbed by the body over time. This means your results might not be apparent right away. In addition, some patients might need more than one treatment session to achieve full results, especially in the case of sclerotherapy. To ensure you are fully vein-free and completely healed by summer (or even spring break) schedule your vein treatment as soon as possible.

Yes, you can hide your swollen veins under your winter clothing now, but that won’t change your condition once beach weather rolls around again. Instead of hiding, treat your veins this winter so that you will be ready to flaunt those smooth, sexy legs when warm weather returns. To learn more about your options in vein treatment, contact Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346.

What’s the Relationship between Spider and Varicose Veins?

November 18, 2016

between-spider-and-varicose-veinsSpider and varicose veins have one distinctly common characteristic – they can be unsightly enough to cause significant embarrassment. In addition to their cosmetic concern, do these visible veins share any common factors? The answer to that question depends on where the veins are located and what underlying cause might be contributing to their appearance.

 

 

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are visible vessels that frequently appear on the legs. However, these veins can also appear on the arms, face and abdomen. The networks of red, blue or purple of lines can often resemble a spider’s vein, which is where they get their name. There are a variety of factors that might contribute to the formation of spider veins:

  • Excessive exposure to UV rays
  • Trauma to the skin
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Some medications or medical conditions
  • Weight gain or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of spider veins

These veins are not typically accompanied by physical symptoms. However, some patients with spider veins do experience the following side effects:

  • Pain or heaviness in the legs, especially at the end of the day
  • Swelling of the lower leg, ankle and foot
  • Cramping or restless legs when you try to rest at night
  • Fatigue in the legs after long periods of standing or sitting

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are usually larger than spider veins and typically appear on the lower legs. These veins may also be discolored and may actually protrude above the surface of the skin. In some cases, they resemble flesh-colored, ropey vines that twist up the lower legs.

In addition to their unsightly appearance, varicose veins can cause similar symptoms to those listed above. Left untreated, they can also lead to discoloration of the skin and the formation of open sores around the ankles. Known as venous ulcers, these sores can become quite large and difficult to treat.

The Primary Cause of Varicose Veins

While spider veins can have a number of causes, varicose veins are most frequently the visible result of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when tiny valves inside the veins that are responsible for keeping blood flowing in a single direction stop working properly. This allows blood to reflux back into the veins, leading to swelling and varicosity.

The Role of Spider Veins

When spider veins appear near varicose veins, or are accompanied by the same symptoms, they can be a product of venous insufficiency as well. When this is the case, both spider and varicose veins are likely to get worse, rather than better, if they are left untreated. The good news is there are effective treatments for both spider and varicose veins that will address the underlying condition to eliminate both the appearance of the veins and their uncomfortable symptoms.

Seeking Treatment for Visible Veins

At the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we offer treatment options for both spider and varicose veins. We can tailor our treatment options to your specific condition and concerns to ensure the best possible results from your procedure. All of our treatments are minimally-invasive, which means you can return home the same day as your procedure and usually resume your regular schedule the same day or the next day.

Don’t suffer the embarrassment or physical discomfort of spider or varicose veins any longer. We can help you eliminate the appearance of your veins and their painful symptoms. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

EVLT: Gold Standard in Vein Treatment

November 11, 2016

evlt-gold-standard-in-vein-treatmentVaricose veins are a common affliction for both men and women, leading to physical pain as well as cosmetic embarrassment for many. Surgical vein treatments were the recommended treatments protocol until fairly recently. These procedures required general anesthesia, a hospital stay and a long and painful recovery process. Fortunately, surgical procedures have now been replaced with less invasive treatments that offer even better results without the discomfort and long recovery. One of the best vein treatments, often referred to as the gold standard in varicose veins elimination, is EVLT.

The Laser Factor

EVLT stands for endovenous laser treatment, a procedure that uses laser energy to ablate diseased veins. The laser energy is delivered directly into the vessel using a narrow tube called a catheter. The laser heats the interior of the vein, which causes the vessel to seal closed. Once the vein is sealed, it collapses and is reabsorbed by the body over time. Blood is rerouted to healthy veins nearby, lowering pressure inside the veins and maximizing blood flow in the lower leg once again.

What is Minimally Invasive?

EVLT is considered a minimally-invasive treatment. What does that mean? First, it means the procedure can be performed using local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia. This reduces the risks associated with the procedure, as well as your recovery time afterward. In addition, the puncture marks used to insert the catheter are extremely small, which means no need for sutures and no visible scarring left behind. Finally, this treatment is done on an outpatient basis, which means no extended recovery or overnight stay.

Treating the Source

EVLT is an effective procedure for varicose veins because it actually treats the affected vein from the inside out. The vein is completely eliminated by natural body processes and blood is rerouted to healthier vessels. With the affected vein gone, symptoms associated with the varicose vein like leg heaviness and pain are also eradicated. This makes EVLT more than a cosmetic procedure; the treatment actually addresses varicose veins at the source leading to greater vascular health overall.

Fast Treatment, No Downtime

EVLT is a much faster treatment than traditional vein surgery. You will likely be in and out of office within about one hour. Because the procedure only uses local anesthesia and involves little or no discomfort, you will likely be able to return to your daily schedule right away. You may be given compression stockings to wear for the first few days to encourage healing of the treatment area, but these should not interfere with most of your regular activities. The quick nature of the procedure allows you to say goodbye to those troublesome veins without missing a beat in your normal routine.

Proven Results

EVLT boasts a very high success rate compared to past surgical procedures. Success rates are as high as 98 percent for most patients. This means that once your vein is treated, you can rest assured it is not likely to recur. If you are at particularly high risk for varicose veins, due to family or personal history or long periods of standing at your job, Dr. Jimenez can discuss preventative measures you can take to avoid other varicose veins from forming.

With little discomfort, no downtime and high success rates, it is no wonder EVLT is considered the gold standard in vein treatment today. To learn more about this procedure or find out if EVLT is right for you, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346.

How does Ambulatory Phlebectomy Work?

November 5, 2016

Ambulatory Phlebectomy Treatment FloridaThere are many effective options for treating varicose veins today. While technology like laser and radiofrequency energy can be a good choice for some patients, others may need those bulging vessels actually removed by a physician. The good news is that surgical vein stripping, which involved considerable discomfort and an extended recovery period, is no longer used for this purpose. Instead, vein specialists have turned to a less invasive procedure known as ambulatory phlebectomy, which provides excellent results without pain, downtime or an overnight stay in a hospital.

 

Understanding Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to remove large varicose veins from the leg in small sections. The procedure is performed using micro-incisions that do not require any sutures and leave almost no visible scarring afterward. Through these incisions, a special tool is used to grasp the vein and remove sections.

 

Candidates for Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is generally recommended for patients with bulging, protruding varicose veins that are causing physical symptoms as well as their unsightly appearance. Symptoms might include:

  • Heaviness or aching in the lower leg
  • Swelling of the lower leg and foot
  • Restless legs or leg cramps at night
  • Skin irritation around the swollen vessel

If this condition is left untreated, it can continue to worsen and keep you from enjoying certain activities due to discomfort and embarrassment. Skin changes may begin to include discoloration of the skin and the formation of open sores around the ankle, known as venous ulcers. The good news is that by removing the affected veins from the leg entirely, we can also effectively eradicate the symptoms, prevent further complications and improve your quality of life overall.

 

Fast Treatment, No Downtime

Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed in our office as an outpatient procedure. Patients are usually given local anesthetic to keep them comfortable during the treatment. Tiny incisions are made along the length of the vein to be removed, and then sections are cut out using a special hook that grasps the vein and pulls it out of the leg. Most ambulatory phlebectomy procedures take one hour or less to perform, depending on the number of veins to be treated.

After the procedure, you may be able to return to your activities right away. However, most patients wait until the next day to resume their schedules. You will likely be advised to wear compression stockings for a number of days after treatment, which increase blood flow and promote healing to the treatment area. There should be little discomfort, bruising or swelling after the procedure.

 

Superior, Long-Lasting Results

The results of ambulatory phlebectomy can be seen right away and will continue to improve in the days following treatment as the leg fully heals. It is also likely you will experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms almost immediately following your procedure. Because the affected vein is removed, the results of ambulatory phlebectomy are considered permanent.

If you are suffering with large, painful varicose veins, there is no reason to suffer any longer. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out if ambulatory phlebectomy is the right treatment for you.

Is Vein Treatment Worth It?

October 27, 2016

Vein Center Florida South BaldwinVaricose veins can be unattractive and even uncomfortable for some sufferers. However, many people with varicose veins don’t seek treatment because they don’t know if eliminating varicose veins would be worth the time and discomfort of a medical procedure. For those that have put off vein treatment because they were unsure of the value of a procedure, the specialists at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have a few basic facts to keep in mind.

Varicose Veins can be More than Cosmetic

You may think those bulging, twisting veins are just a cosmetic problem. However, varicose veins can also be a visible sign of an underlying condition known as venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency can develop when veins in the lower legs stop working properly, allowing blood to pool inside the vessels. The pooling can lead to swelling and weakening of the vessel, as well as the eventual varicosity you can see on the skin’s surface.

Varicose Veins can get Worse if Left Untreated

If your varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency, they can continue to worsen if they are left untreated. You might develop physical symptoms like pain, swelling and cramping of the legs when you try to rest in the evening. Those symptoms can become more and more uncomfortable over time. In addition, you might start to see discoloration and other changes to the skin that may become permanent if the underlying condition is not treated in a reasonable period of time.

Varicose Veins can Significantly Impact Your Life

When varicose veins become very prominent on the lower legs, they can affect your self-confidence in wearing different types of clothing. You may avoid activities at the pool and beach because you are uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit with those veins making an appearance. At the same time, physical symptoms can become severe enough to limit your activities, creating a significant impact on your life.

Vein Treatment is Fast and Nearly Painless

Gone are the days of long, painful surgical procedures to eradicate varicose veins. Today’s treatments are performed on an outpatient basis right in your physician’s office. Procedures are done using local anesthesia or no anesthesia at all in some cases. Treatments are typically completed in less than an hour, with some procedures taking just a few short minutes to finish. Discomfort associated with these procedures is nearly non-existent in most cases.

No Recovery Time after Most Vein Treatments

After vein treatment, patients can often return to their regular activities right away. In some cases, patients may wait until the next day to resume their schedule but it is very rare to have to take off any more time than that. There is little or no discomfort after vein treatment, although some procedures require patients to wear compression stockings for a number of days to promote healing and healthy blood flow. These socks can usually be easily hidden underneath pants or long skirts, so no one knows you just had a vein treatment.

Today, there is no reason to suffer the cosmetic embarrassment or physical pain of varicose veins. Vein treatments are fast, relatively painless and do not create a major disruption in your daily life. To learn more about the treatments available, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.

Top Mistakes in Treating Varicose Veins

October 13, 2016

Vein treatment Center Florida Vein treatments today typically offer very good results. These procedures are much better than the surgical procedures of the past, boasting high success rates with minimal discomfort and downtime involved. However, mistakes can happen during the assessment and treatment of vein disorders that can impact the effectiveness of your procedure. To protect yourself, it is a good idea to learn what these mistakes are and how to prevent them when you seek your own vein treatment.

Failing to Take Vein Disease Seriously

Unfortunately, many doctors that do not specialize in vein diseases fail to take these disorders seriously. If your physician brushes your concerns off as a “cosmetic” issue or a “normal” byproduct of aging, seek another opinion. While some visible veins are indeed mostly cosmetic, others can be a visible sign of an underlying condition that will only worsen if it is left unchecked. The only way to know the difference is to do a full vein evaluation that will pinpoint the source of the problem.

Incomplete Assessment of Vein Disorder

When you do schedule a vein assessment, select a physician with state-of-the-art ultrasound technology that can provide the best information about the blood flow inside the vessels. It is best to find a physician that does their own examinations, rather than outsourcing the job to a radiology clinic. This ensures the test is properly done, the results are accurately determined and the best treatment will be recommended.

Treating the Wrong Veins

Physicians that do not specialize in vein treatments may focus on treating the visible veins first, without determining whether underlying “feeder” veins also need to be eradicated. Unfortunately, if just the visible veins are treated, they are likely to return over time since the underlying problem continues to exist. An experienced vein specialist will know to check all the veins in the affected area so the appropriate veins are addressed.

Using the Wrong Treatment

There are any number of vein treatments available today, allowing physicians to tailor the treatment to the specific needs of each patient. Unfortunately, this also means inexperienced physicians might offer the wrong treatment for a specific condition, which will not prove as effective for the patient.

It is particularly important to watch out for physicians that want to perform a more invasive surgical procedure, rather than one of the less invasive procedures available today. In addition to involving more discomfort and downtime, surgical procedures are not generally as effective as the less invasive procedures available today.

Failure to Follow Up after Treatment

Even effective treatments need to be followed up to ensure they worked as they were supposed to. Experienced vein doctors always schedule a follow-up appointment with a patient to ensure the procedure was effective and there were no side effects associated with the procedure. At this appointment, the physician is also likely to give the patient advice on steps they might take to prevent future varicose veins from forming. The follow-up is a crucial part of the entire vein treatment process.

Dr. Jimenez at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin has years of experience diagnosing and treating vein disorders of all kinds. He is committed to meeting with his patients at every appointment, from their initial consultation to their final follow-up. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Jimenez, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.