Finding the right doctor for you…

With more and more doctors dabbling in vein treatments it is important that you do your homework on selecting the right healthcare provider. There are a few easy steps you can take when making this selection:

  • Ask other people who suffer from the same condition as you for advice. Chances are you know someone who has sought treatment for their varicose veins. Friends and family will be able to tell you of their experiences on a more personal, relatable level. Find out which doctors they respect and why.
  • Ask your primary care physician for recommendations and direction. Although primary care physicians are not always fully aware of the treatments available for vein disease, they may have suggestions as to where to start. Varicose vein treatments have come a long ways from ten years ago. It is difficult for physicians to stay up-to-date on all the new developments; therefore, do not be surprised if your primary care physician is not encouraging. You may need to take the lead on creating a two-way conversation with your physician regarding treatment.
  • Research online. The internet is a massive location for information. Many vein specialists can be found through web searches. A word of caution: There are quite of number of doctors attempting to add vein treatments to their practices. Doctors who dabble, or half commit, to vein medicine can do a disservice to their patients. The best place to seek treatment is with a vein specialist who has been treating vein problems on a full-time basis, for at least two years.
  • Ask for a free screening. Most vein specialists offer a free varicose vein screening. Take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the office and staff. Ask them questions about the disease and treatment options at the time. Test their knowledge. It is important that you feel completely comfortable with the environment and specialists before starting treatment.

Armed with this information, you are well on your way to finding the best practice for you to start your road to treatment of varicose veins.

Spider Veins and the Webs They Weave

What are spider veins? Well, most people know them as the dark web-like veins that are spread from thighs to ankles on the surface of the skin. Why do we get these nasty little veins? In many instances, spider veins are fed by larger sources of reflux occurring within the venous system. So, are we saying there are even deeper problematic webs of veins that you cannot see? Yes, but not always. If you have achiness and pain associated with your spider veins, then most likely there is an underlying source which we would be able to determine is an issue with a free ultrasound screening.

If treatment of spider veins is what you seek, in most cases they can be treated through micro-injections of a medicinal agent designed specifically to kill the targeted veins. Treatment sessions last about an hour and most patients end up having between three to five sessions. These treatments are performed within the office and generally require no down time. Do the treatments last forever? Unfortunately, no they do not. These nuisances are destined to plague us for many times to come, but the treatments typically last between one to two years before needing additional injections.

Heather’s Headlines: Ode To Otis

What is the next best thing to your mamma’s homemade cookies? Spunkmeyer cookies from the vein center. Yes, that is right. We are now serving freshly baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies throughout the day to help make our patients feel more at ease. We also offer fruit and many types of beverages to wet your whistle. Of course, we know that cookies will not alleviate the anxiety of the “unknown” for new a patient or the nervousness those waiting for a procedure experience. So we also offer a friendly smile and comfortable welcoming atmosphere for you and your loved ones. Give us a call, or drop in. We are always happy to see you.