Men and Venous Insufficiency

June 30, 2015

Venous insufficiency affects 10-50 percent of men over the age of 50

Varicose veins are a problem that many people associate with elderly women. However, those bulging veins – and their underlying cause – can affect men as well as women. Unfortunately, because venous conditions are seen by many as a “woman’s issue,” men are less likely to seek treatment for their veins. It is important for men to understand the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options for varicose veins, as well as the underlying condition that often leads to these visible veins, venous insufficiency.

What is Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a condition that affects around 40 percent of adults in the U.S., according to the Cleveland Clinic. The condition occurs more frequently after the age of 50 and tends to be seen in women more often than men. However, anywhere from 10-50 percent of men over the age of 50 may be plagued with this condition.

Venous insufficiency occurs when tiny valves inside the veins wear out or become damaged. The primary job of these valves is to keep blood flowing in a single direction back to the heart. When they stop working efficiently, blood can pool inside the vessel, leading to the formation of varicose veins.

Who is at Risk?

While anyone can develop venous insufficiency, there are some factors that make this condition more likely:

-Family history
-Significant weight gain
-Sedentary lifestyle
-Jobs that require prolonged periods of standing or sitting

What are the Possible Complications?

While many see varicose veins as a cosmetic problem, these unsightly veins can also lead to serious medical complications over time. Because blood flow in the area of the varicose veins has been compromised, it can eventually affect the skin and tissue around the veins. The skin may change color and texture, and open sores can form around the ankle and foot. Known as venous ulcers, these sores have a high infection and recurrence rate, making them very difficult to treat.

What Treatments are Available?

The good news is minimally-invasive treatments are now available to stop venous insufficiency in its tracks and eliminate both the appearance and the painful symptoms of varicose veins. When administered early in the condition, complications like skin changes and venous ulcers can be prevented. The procedures involve minimal discomfort, do not require hospitalization and do not cause a major disruption in your daily life. To learn more about your treatment options for venous insufficiency and varicose veins, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-VEIN.

What is Endovenous Laser Treatment?

June 22, 2015

Varicous Spider Veins, Treatment of Varicous Veins

Varicose veins, those unsightly bulging ropes that tend to creep up the lower leg, are a major cosmetic concern for some men and women. In the past, treatment for these veins involved invasive surgery and significant discomfort and downtime. Fortunately, surgical vein treatments have now been replaced in nearly all cases with minimally-invasive procedures using innovative technology and techniques. Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is one of those minimally-invasive treatments that is requested frequently at The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin.

The Laser Difference

EVLT uses laser energy delivered directly into the abnormal veins via a narrow catheter. The laser heats the vein from the inside, causing the vessel walls to seal closed and the vein to collapse. The treated vein is eventually eliminated by the body’s natural processes, while blood reroutes through healthy veins nearby. By administering focused laser energy, we can effectively destroy the vein in question without damaging surrounding skin and tissue.

Quick Procedure, No Downtime

There are numerous benefits to choosing EVLT over other types of vein treatment today:

  • Procedure may be performed under local anesthesia, minimizing risks
  • Micro incisions to insert the catheter leave no visible scarring after treatment
  • Patients are able to get up and walk immediately following the procedure
  • Most patients return to regular activities the same day or the day after
  • The procedure may be performed at any of our three treatment offices

Permanent Results

Because EVLT virtually destroys the vein, the results of the procedure are considered permanent. In clinical studies, EVLT has demonstrated consistent success with little or no recurrence of symptoms. In the unlikely event that new varicose veins form in the area that was originally treated, additional procedures may be recommended to ensure you maintain your positive results.

In addition, treatment with EVLT will eradicate uncomfortable symptoms you might be experiencing with your varicose veins, such as pain, swelling and leg fatigue. In fact, most patients experience almost immediate relief from symptoms after treatment. Unfortunately, skin changes that have already occurred as a result of varicose veins may not reverse after treatment. For this reason, it is important to seek EVLT as early as possible, to prevent future complications like skin changes and venous ulcers from occurring.

Dr. James Jimenez is an experienced EVLT provider, offering his Florida and Alabama patients the very latest in technology to eliminate their spider and varicose veins. If you would like to learn more about EVLT or the other vein treatments Dr. Jimenez offers, contact The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-VEIN.

How Effective is Compression Therapy?

May 26, 2015

shutterstock_25524850Compression therapy, which typically comes in the form of graduated compression stockings, is commonly prescribed for various vein disorders. This conservative approach to vein treatment has left many patients questioning whether the stockings are truly helpful in the preventing or treating vein disease. If you are prescribed compression therapy, there are a few facts you need to know about the effectiveness of these garments.

Explaining Compression Therapy

Compression stockings offer graduated compression that is strongest at the feet and gradually loosens as the stocking works up the leg. The idea behind compression therapy is to make it easier for the veins of the lower leg to push blood back up the body to the heart. There are varying strengths of compression stockings available, allowing for customization of treatment to the unique needs of each patient.

Preventing Symptoms and Complications

Compression therapy is particularly effective in reducing uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany vein disorders, such as heaviness or aching in the legs, swelling of the lower leg and ankle and leg fatigue. Compression stockings are also helpful in preventing further complications related to varicose veins, such as skin changes and venous ulcers. If blood clots are a concern, compression stockings may be prescribed to lower the risk for clot formation.

Alone or with Other Treatments?

Compression stockings can be helpful on their own, but they will not “cure” a vascular condition that has already occurred. For that reason, compression therapy may be prescribed after a vein treatment like sclerotherapy or endovenous laser ablation, to promote faster healing and healthy blood flow. It is not unusual for compression stockings to be recommended for 1-2 weeks after these treatments to ensure the best possible results.

Insurance Requirements

Because compression therapy is effective in relieving symptoms and preventing future complications, this treatment is often required by insurance companies before other types of procedures will be covered. Most companies will have a specific protocol to follow, such as wearing the compression stockings for a certain period of time, before other treatments can be used. At The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin, we ensure protocols are carefully followed so that coverage is not compromised for our patients.

Compression therapy will not eliminate varicose veins, but it can be a useful tool in treating them. To learn more about your options in compression therapy or to find out about other minimally-invasive vein treatments, contact The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-VEIN (8346).

Who Gets Varicose Veins?

May 20, 2015

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Varicose veins, those bulging, twisting ropes that often appear on the lower leg, are typically associated with older women. However, varicose veins can affect many more people than your grandmother, and understanding the risks for this disorder can help you identify the condition and seek treatment earlier. Who get varicose veins? The answer to that question may be more complex than it seems on the surface.

People with a Family History

One of the biggest risk factors for varicose veins is a family history of the condition. This means that if you have one parent with varicose veins, your risk for them goes up as well. If you have two parents with varicose veins? You might want to start shopping for support stockings now, to save yourself some time later. Having two parents with varicose veins raises your own risk for the condition even higher.

Men and Women

Yes, women are more likely to get varicose veins. However, around 40 percent of varicose vein sufferers are men. The problem is that because this condition is perceived as a “female problem,” men are less likely to seek treatment for their veins. This can increase their odds for developing uncomfortable symptoms like pain, swelling and skin changes. Unfortunately, if these symptoms remain unchecked, they can continue to worsen until treatment is much more challenging.

Young and Old

The older you are, the more likely you are to have varicose veins. As we age, the veins in the lower legs can become damaged or wear out over time, increasing the risk for developing this condition. However, varicose veins are not restricted to the very old. In fact, they are relatively common during pregnancy and can occur as a result of weight gain or lifestyle factors as well as the normal aging process. Never say you are too young for varicose veins. Instead, have those veins checked out by a vascular specialist as soon as they make an appearance.

Active and Sedentary

A sedentary lifestyle means you are not making the most of those calf muscles that can help push the blood from the lower veins in the legs up to the heart. Lack of exercise can also place a strain on your entire cardiovascular system, increasing your risk for complications like blood clots and varicose veins. At the same time, too much time on your feet can place extra pressure on the lower leg veins, upping your likelihood of developing varicose veins. That’s why some professions, such as waiting tables, teaching and nursing, tend to see a higher incidence of this condition.

Varicose veins can strike men or women at any age. The good news is today’s treatment options for this condition are both minimally-invasive and effective. If you have varicose veins developing, now is the time to have them assessed and learn about your treatment options. Contact The Vein Center of Florida at 800-910-VEIN to schedule your personal consultation today.

Do you have risk factors of varicose veins?

March 4, 2015

What are risk factors of varicose veins?

Do you have ugly, painful, swollen varicose veins on your legs? Do you have unsightly spider veins?

If you answered “Yes” to either question, you should know these risk factors increase your chances of venous insufficiency, a progressive vein disease that only gets worse over time. The most important risk factors of vein disease include:

  • Varicose veins or a family history of varicose veins.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to a blood clot.
  • Obesity or weight issues.
  • Pregnancy or recently pregnant.
  • Extended periods of standing, sitting or inactivity.
  • Being over age 50.
  • Being a woman – you have a higher chance of getting this disease than a man.
  • A recent injury or trauma.

If you have any of these important risk factors of vein disease, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. James Jimenez of The Vein Center of Florida and South Baldwin. After all, he performs all patient consultations, evaluations, and vein treatments himself and he’s a pioneer in Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT™).

For a FREE Varicose Vein Screening with a Doppler ultrasound evaluation and no doctor referral required, call 1-800-910-VEIN now.

Dr. James Jimenez

The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin
Trust our experience. Love your results.



How To Prevent Varicose Veins

February 19, 2015

No matter where you live, unsightly varicose veins can be a hindrance on everyday life. This is especially true for people who live near the endlessly sunny beaches of Florida. Having large, visible veins can make people self-conscious when they should be enjoying themselves. The good news is that there are often easily treatable reasons for these veins, and the Vein Center of Florida specializes in their treatment.

Varicose veins are caused by veins expanding from too much blood being forced through them, making them swell and increase in size. This is often caused by things like being overweight or with age. Being heavily overweight can cause you to put more pressure on your legs than your body can handle, forcing blood into your veins form the pressure applied. On the other hand, varicose veins increase during old age regardless of weight. This is because the tissue of your veins becomes weakened, allowing it to expand easier even with normal pressure. Sometimes as a combination of these reasons, pregnant women also can experience an increase in varicose veins.

While there are many reasons for varicose veins to show up, there are also just as many countermeasures to prevent them. The key to general varicose vein health is to try not to stress your veins by overworking them in any way. If you are overweight for example, losing weight would be the first step to improving vein health. Other good tips are to try not to wear clothes that are tight enough to affect circulation, and to avoid sitting or standing for long amounts of time.

While the above advice will help improve vein health, often times it takes the skill of a specialist to make sure that your veins are not only going to improve in look and in health, but also stay that way in the future. Getting a professional opinion on the specifics of your unique vein issue is extremely important, as there are often specific procedures and plans that only a specialist can assist you with.

At the Vein Center of Florida there are many people with an intimate knowledge in the field of phlebotomy. Come in and see what we can do for you at our free screenings, and take the first step to freeing yourself from uncomfortable, ugly veins.

Beating the Cold with The Vein Center of Florida

January 6, 2015

With the cold season beginning, people everywhere are feeling the chill. It’s the season where you want to stay indoors, light a fire, and wrap yourself in a warm blanket. What’s less known is that there are better ways to keep warm; you just have to start with what you can do internally.

The first big step is to alter your diet because what you eat is extremely important for increasing blood flow and staying warm. One of the best things for the long term are spicy foods. Spicy foods have an immediate and obvious effect of making you feel warm, but they also has more subtle effects. Spicy food is a source of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) that can help assist in getting rid of blood clots. The other two foods to specifically look out for are ginger and turmeric. Both can be added into warm and rejuvenating teas.

The other thing you can do is to keep moving. It can be hard to bring yourself to get up and about when it’s colder outside but just like entering a cold pool, it will allow you to function if you can put up with the chill temporarily. To help make this transition there are many different types of stretches that you can do to increase circulation. This can help to get you started moving, but after you get up it’s good to try and keep busy. Things like taking the stairs or light jogging can help keep you warm for hours.

While these tips will help you with your vascular health, it’s always smart to keep up-to-date with a professional. The experienced specialists at The Vein Center of Florida can assist you with any vein-related question that you may have. Starting by taking a look at our F.A.Q. can help you with any questions you may have. The Vein Center of Florida will help you stay warm and healthy during the winter season.

What You Need to Know About Ambulatory Phlebectomy

October 2, 2014

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure used to treat superficial veins such as varicose. The Vein Center of Florida uses this treatment on an outpatient basis to remove these unsightly veins. Many men and women in Florida have, or are at risk for developing, varicose veins that can be embarrassing or even painful. The advances in technology have allowed vein treatment specialist to quickly and painlessly remove each vein.

In the past, procedures for vein treatment have left patients with scarring and a long recovery time. Choosing ambulatory phlebectomy greatly diminishes all of these effects by making precise small incisions along the vein after a local anesthetic is given. A tool called a phlebectomy hook is then inserted to gently lift the vein out of the leg. The incisions are so insignificant that stitches are not required. The whole procedure will last only 1-2 hours depending on the number of veins being treated.

Home care after an ambulatory phlebectomy is relatively easy. Wearing compressions socks for 1-2 weeks is typical after this particular treatment. You will also need to limit excessive activity such as running or heavy lifting. This will ensure the incision sites heal properly. Bruising and swelling may occur after the surgery but should not last past the recovery time. There is also a risk of inflammation. Like any other incision you must keep the area clean and dry for a few days after. The doctors at the Vein Center of Florida will provide you with instructions for your home care to ensure a smooth recovery.

There are a number of non-invasive options for vein treatment in Florida. You will want to discuss all of the options and your health with one of our doctors before committing to treatment. Other health concerns and medications can play a factor in which procedure you chose. Occasionally this procedure is paired with other treatments to effectively remove all of the varicose veins. During the consultation the doctor will also decide whether the veins require pre-treatment before the actual procedure is done. Ambulatory phlebectomy could be the best option to rid yourself of varicose and spider veins allowing you to bask in the Florida sun without the embarrassing stigma.