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VeinDirectory - "The Know"

"The Know" is an informational resource concerning vein treatment options. It contains valuable information for prospective patients, physicians as well as those in the vein treatment industry. We will be regularly posting educational articles, video logs and other pertinent information. We encourage your feedback and welcome any suggestions that you feel may improve the blog.

Friday, August 14, 2009
Washing Your Bad Veins
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Foam sclerotherapy is a new technique used to treat varicose veins. A carbon dioxide foam detergent is injected directly into the veins and tracked by an ultrasound scanner. The foam pushes blood out of the varicose vein and causes the vein to close.

"It is a chemical, toxic agent to the wall of the vein, so basically what you're doing is you're irritating the inner lining of the vein" explains Dr. Rajagopalan Ravi to CBS News.

This is a much less invasive procedure and has a very quick recovery time. The foam washes all the blood from the problem vein and seals the vein shut. The entirety of the procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes. This is a newer form of sclerotherapy which is still being tested by physicians across the nation.

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Taking A Walk After Surgery
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Recent reports from a Sydney hospital show that the rate of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in patients recovering from total knee replacement surgery dramatically drops if patients are mobile early. The risk of post-operative DVT dropped from 32 percent to 14 percent in the study.

"Early mobilization in the first 24 hours after total knee replacement is a cheap and effective way to reduce the incidence of DVT" reports the author of the study to 6 Minutes.

The greatest reduction in risk occurred in patients who walked more than 16 feet soon after surgery. DVT occurs when blood clots form in the leg veins. Joint surgery has a high risk of patients developing DVT. Walking helps increase the blood flow through the veins and assures that blood clots have a low risk of formation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Removing Hemorrhoids
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Hemorrhoids, swollen and painful veins around the anus, are often relieved with a change in diet and lifestyle. These veins can be formed externally or internally. External veins are easier to remove without invasive surgery. A surgery called hemorrhoidalectomy is used to remove the internal hemorrhoids, but can be a painful procedure.

A transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) is a new minimally invasive procedure for internal hemorrhoids. A suture is used to tie off the blood flow to the anal veins. Recovery time is quick and patients can leave for home the same day.

"The stitch is run from inside toward the outside and then tied back inside and that kind of pulls also those external hemorrhoids a little bit inside, so it does help them a little bit as well," says one doctor to WFTV. Patients dealing with recurring hemorrhoids should investigate the procedure as an option for permanent removal.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Hand Veins
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Veins in the hands tend to develop as a person ages. Although some are born with noticeable veins on their hands, the majority of the population develops these veins as the elasticity in their skin decreases with age. These veins are typically not varicose veins and can be treated as a cosmetic issue.

Removing these veins will not affect the body's ability to pump blood to the hands. These veins are superficial and can be treated. In a sclerotherapy procedure, an injection is used into the veins. The injection solution is said to have a higher concentration than the injection used in leg veins. Recovery is very quick and there is little bruising after the procedure.


Monday, August 10, 2009
Board Certified Honoree
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Sarat K. Dash, M.D of the The Vein & Laser Center of New Jersey has recently been awarded a board certification in phlebology from the American Board of Phlebology. There are only a total of 412 diplomates nationwide, according to NJ.com.

"Certification periods are 10 years and maintenance depends on the diplomate's ability to display competency in four areas of assessment: evidence of professional standing, evidence of commitment to lifelong learning and periodic self-assessment, evidence of cognitive expertise, and evaluation of performance in practice" explains NJ.com.

This certification is an honor bestowed to less than 1% of practicing phlebologists in North America. Dr. Dash is skilled in laser therapy, diagnosis of venous disease, and venous surgery to name a few of his accomplishments.

Friday, August 07, 2009
New Drug for Blood Clots
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There is a high risk of blood clot formation in the lower extremities after major joint surgery. To reduce the risk, patients are often given blood thinners. A drug called Apixaban is a new oral medication that reduces the risk of blood clots while also reducing the risk of excess bleeding after surgery.

NewsOK reports that "the drug is still undergoing trials but could benefit the millions of baby boomers expected to have hip or knee replacement surgeries in coming years who are at risk of blood clots, also known as deep-vein thrombosis."

Blood clots that begin in the leg after hip or knee surgery can break off and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism. Traditional blood thinners can lead to excess bleeding if complications occur. Drugs like Apixaban have been created to lower this risk. Apixaban is still in the trial phase.

Thursday, August 06, 2009
Web Chat With Your Vein Doctor
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Many doctors give free consultations to patients who have questions in regards to their vein health. One clinic has opened their office to a new type of patient: the patient on the web. The Decatur Vein Clinic is hosting a free live web chat forum to answer questions from potential patients.

Doctors are beginning to utilize the web as a powerful tool to reach their patients. The web is full of information on procedures, risks, statistics, and general information. However, it can be difficult to verify what information is correct and what facts apply directly to the individual. In addition, those dealing with venous issues may not always have the time to come into the office for a consultation. This web chat session allows for questions to be answered without taking too much time out of a person's day.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Your Old Veins
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As you age, so do your veins. The years of pressure from high heels, being overweight, and lack of exercise takes a toll on your leg veins. Many people believe that the pain in their legs is just a side effect of growing old. However, this may not always be the case. Varicose veins may have developed in the legs which can become very painful and require treatment.

"A varicose vein is kind of like a gallbladder. It has a function, but when it's not functioning, its removal helps your whole body work better" says radiologist Dr. Goertzen to NewsOK.

Newer treatments are available to make varicose vein removal more efficient than ever. Endovenous ablation uses lasers to heat up the blood around the veins, causing the vein itself to shut down. Recovery time is quick, usually within days of the procedure. These veins are shut down in order to relieve symptoms and to protect from more serious complications.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Technology Goes Global
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A hand-held vein illuminator device has officially passed safety and design standards in order to be marketed internationally. The AccuVein AV300 has already had a successful launch in the United States and is now going to be available for physicians in Europe.

"Receiving approval to ship the AV300 to Europe is an important step in bringing this beneficial device to health care practitioners around the globe," said the President of AccuVein.

The AV300 helps locate hard-to-find veins with ease, allowing physicians to improve their care without the trouble of searching for viable veins. The technology is lightweight and can be used as a hand-held device or hands-free if the physician needs to perform a procedure. AccuVein hopes that this technology will make venous treatment easier and more efficient for physicians.

Monday, August 03, 2009
Hitting the Books
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To prepare for final exams, students usually spend hours in study sessions to ensure a passing grade. One student studied so much, that a blood clot formed in her leg and eventually progressed into Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Her leg had swollen to a point where she could barely walk.

"I thought I had pulled a muscle. But over the period of a week, it got worse. After sitting my English exam, I was in so much pain. I (called my doctor) who told me to go straight to the hospital. It was there that they told me I had DVT" said the girl to Fox News.

Limited mobility can be a risk factor for developing blood clots. Sitting in a chair for hours restricts blood flow from constantly moving through the leg veins. Students should be aware of this danger and walk around every few hours. Taking a mental break to stretch your legs is a good idea for study habits, and for the health of your veins.

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