"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.
May 2008 Blog Archive
Friday, May 30, 2008 Hide Varicose Veins with the Maxi Dress
There is an article over at Celebrity Baby Blog which talks about the value of the Maxi Dress for women who are pregnant. Specifically highlighting the dress as worn by actress Angelina Jolie, the article discusses the flexibility of this kind of fashion for the woman who is carrying a baby. From allowing early pregnancy to remain hidden to creating a stunning look for a woman who is about to pop out a baby, the Maxi Dress can be a great way to stay stylish during pregnancy. And it's also pointed out that it takes attention away from the legs which means that the varicose veins which often come as a result of pregnancy don't have to be seen by anyone.
This points to the fact that there are things that you can do to continue to feel sexy even though you have varicose veins. Ultimately, you're probably going to want to get varicose veins treated. Not only are they unsightly but they're also often painful. However, you can use style tips in the meantime to make sure that you're drawing attention away from the varicose veins so that others don't realize that you've got this cosmetic problem. Wearing long dresses and tops that bring attention upwards can cause most people to not notice the veins that are snaking along your legs.
Question of the Day: Should we use style to hide varicose veins or just go get them treated immediately?
Thursday, May 29, 2008 Did You Invest In VNUS?
People who are interested in buying stocks that are going to do well kept a close eye on VNUS Medical Technologies last year and at the beginning of this year. Many of those people saw that the VNUS Closure Fast vein treatment system created by this company was really taking off and they made their investments. Those who didn't are starting to wish that they did because those stocks have just been climbing ever since.
Shares saw a spike recently after a Roth analyst changed the rating on VNUS from "hold" to "buy". The reason for the change was primarily because of the success of the VNUS Closure Fast system. However, it was also due to events that VNUS has planned which should raise awareness and interest in VNUS procedures and products.
The change was also due to the fact that it is believed that VNUS has a good chance of winning the patent litigations lawsuits that it's going to trial with next month. If it does, the company will gain a good chunk of money and be in an even better position to move forward in the market.
Question of the Day: Is it too late to make a smart investment in VNUS?
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Yoga as a Treatment for Varicose Veins
People who are interested in alternative healing methods for problems such as varicose veins typically turn to a combination of the right kinds of foods and the right types of exercise. Yoga has long been hailed as one of the best methods of treating varicose veins. But, does it work?
The thing about varicose veins is that they are, to some extent, reversible. And they are certainly preventable so it's possible to start working to prevent them from getting worse at any stage of the problem.
As a result, yoga can be immensely helpful to reducing varicose veins and is particularly helpful in preventing them from getting worse once they have started. Yoga is a form of exercise which helps get the circulatory system in working order which is crucial to improving varicose veins.
However, true treatment of varicose veins will not be achieved by yoga alone. In order to remove damaged veins, it is necessary to have surgical treatment. The best approach is to use yoga and alternative healing as a supplement to medical procedures.
Question of the Day: Are you interested in yoga as an alternative healing method for relieving problems associated with varicose veins?
Towards the end of last year it was announced that doctors in California were trying a new vein treatment procedure called Light Assisted Stab Phlebectomy (LASP) which involves the use of crochet hooks in treating the veins. After the initial flurry of announcements, there wasn't a lot of news on this front and attention turned towards the VNUS Closure Fast method which is currently the most popular method of treating varicose veins. However, we recently mentioned that Los Angeles doctors were still doing the crochet hook treatment and headlines indicate that the practice is beginning to gain some nationwide attention.
"LASP, involves doctors starting off by cutting a small incision where the vein is. Next, the doctors places a light source in the vein to help illuminate the path. Finally, doctors use a tiny crochet and small clamps to remove the vein from incisions so small they don't need a single stitch."
The procedure doesn't leave much of a scar which is preferable to some of the older treatments for varicose veins. Only time will tell whether this method is really going to take off across the nation or not but it's certainly something that's being widely done in Los Angeles by the doctors who pioneered the method.
Question of the Day: What concerns would you have about LASP that you would ask a doctor before considering the procedure?
Monday, May 26, 2008 Varicose Veins Lead to Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Most women know that they need to get regularly screened for breast cancer. Unfortunately, not all women take that knowledge seriously. Such was the case for one woman who developed breast cancer and didn't realize it despite the fact that she got an inverted nipple as a result of the disease.
Six months after the development of the inverted nipple, the woman went to her doctor to get her varicose veins checked out. At that time, she mentioned the nipple in passing. The doctor checked it out and she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
This is an interesting story because it begs the question of why the woman would get varicose veins checked out by a doctor if she didn't even care to get an inverted nipple taken care of. It could be because the veins were very painful. Or it could be because she feared that they would lead to a blood clot. Or perhaps her vanity extended to her legs but not her breasts.
Who knows? But it's a story that reminds us that we need to pay attention to our total health and to tell our doctors about all of the symptoms that plague us over time.
Question of the Day: What do you think caused this woman to get her varicose veins checked out when she obviously had other health concerns?
Friday, May 23, 2008 Photos of Varicose Veins
Perhaps you've been thinking that you don't really need to get treatment for your varicose veins. They don't hurt (that much ... yet). They aren't really that unsightly, are they? Take a look at the following photos of people's varicose veins and you'll see that they're something that you're probably going to want to get removed after all.
Varicose vein treatment does not cost a lot of money and it's not difficult on your body. Procedures like VNUS Closure Fast make it possible to get your varicose veins removed through outpatient care that is simple and easy. Do you really want photos of your legs like this?
Question of the Day: How do you feel about varicose veins after looking at these photos?
Thursday, May 22, 2008 Endovenous Laser Ablation Popular In India
Varicose vein treatment differs slightly around the world. For the most part, the most modern procedures are being used everywhere. However, different areas are more supportive of specific types of treatment as compared to others.
For example, the most popular varicose vein treatment in India right now appears to be endovenous laser ablation. Like the modern vein treatment procedures performed in America, this treatment is preferred to older methods because it is easier on the patient and at least as efficient, if not more so, than other options.
As treatments like this gain widespread use in other countries, we may find that this area of medical tourism is increased. If the same procedures that are done in America are done elsewhere at a cheaper price, the trend has been for Americans to get the work done in the other country. However, this remains a practice that is not recommended.
Learn more about varicose vein treatment in India here. Find a doctor near you here.
Question of the Day: Would you consider getting varicose vein treatment done abroad?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Vein Treatment Under One Roof
In the past, people have often had to go to different doctors for different types of vein treatment. However, it is increasingly common for vein treatment doctors to come together under one roof to offer all sorts of different treatment services to patients with issues impacting their veins.
There are many different types of vein problems that cause people to seek out a doctor. On one end of the spectrum are people with spider veins who simply want to get them removed because of cosmetic reasons. On the other end of the spectrum are people who need vein access because of serious health problems like chemotherapy for cancer.
In order to streamline the efficiency of treatment for patients, new vascular centers are opening up which allow all of these different types of patients to go to the same place to get care. Since some patients have more than one problem with their veins, this simplifies life for a lot of people.
Question of the Day: Does it make sense to have all levels of vein treatment under one roof?
The above short video explains some of the basic reasons that women are more likely to have problems with varicose veins than men are. The primary reason that women get varicose veins when men don''t is because pregnancy is such a contributing factor to the development of varicose veins.
However, other reasons that women get varicose veins may be things which can impact either gender. Genes and lifestyle can greatly determine whether *or* not you''re going to have problems with varicose veins. Unfortunately, the problems seem to plague women more than men.
Both genders can benefit greatly from engaging in proper varicose vein prevention. A healthy diet and exercise that keeps the blood flowing are key to preventing varicose veins.
Question of the day: Why do women get varicose veins more than men do?
Monday, May 19, 2008 Jackson MI Pleased with VNUS Closure Fast
People all across the nation have been happy with the medical advances that were made to create the VNUS Closure Fast method of treatment for varicose veins. This system has proven to be the most efficient treatment option available to date. Although the initial burst of attention for the medicine has faded, there are still steady reports coming out from newspapers throughout the United States which indicate that patients remain excited about the fact that VNUS Closure Fast is becoming available in their areas.
For example, a news report from Jackson, Michigan discusses three different patients in the city who have successfully (and happily) gotten VNUS Closure Fast treatment. This is just one example of the types of news reports that are regularly making their way around to spread the word about the advantages of this technique over other methods of vein treatment.
Question of the Day: Where do you think VNUS Closure Fast is most popular?
Friday, May 16, 2008 Varicose Veins and Mothers
One of the most common causes of varicose veins is pregnancy. Often the problems with the veins will go away once the baby has been born and the body has had a chance to return to normal. But in some cases, varicose veins caused by having kids stick around until you do something to treat them.
As was noted in a recent article about a woman who is pregnant with her eighteenth child, some people think that the minor medical cost of things like varicose veins is just a small price to pay for the joy of having kids. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't get them taken care of.
As the article also notes, it is particularly important for women to care for their bodies. That's because they use those bodies to bring babies into the world. The healthier that a woman is, the better chance there is that her baby is going to be healthy.
Part of taking care of your body is paying attention to your veins. They represent the working condition of your circulatory system, something that needs to be in good working order for you to be healthy. Proper varicose vein prevention both before and during pregnancy is just one of the many things that women can do to improve their overall health.
Question of the Day: What percentage of varicose veins do you think are caused by pregnancy?
Thursday, May 15, 2008 LA Doctors Still Treat Varicose Veins with Crochet Hooks
Last year we mentioned that there was a new varicose vein treatment procedure being used by Los Angeles doctors in which crochet hooks played an important role. We haven't heard a lot about that kind of treatment ever since then, probably because the VNUS Closure method of treating varicose veins was released to the market shortly thereafter and stole all of the headlines with its efficiency and effectiveness. However, a new report indicates that L.A. doctors are still implementing the crochet hook method of treating varicose veins.
The procedure is called light-assisted stab phlebectomy (LASP) and it's also considered to be an efficient and effective method of treating patients for varicose veins. Like VNUS Closure Fast, it doesn't require sutures or seriuos anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure which can be quickly performed. And like with VNUS Closure Fast, patients seem to be happy with the results.
It can be a little bit confusing that there are so many different types of varicose vein treatment available to patients today. However, that breadth of choice is a good thing. We should all be glad that there are different options to suit different medical needs. Make sure to work with your vein treatment doctor to determine which type of procedure is going to be most effective for you.
Question of the Day: How does LASP compare to VNUS Closure Fast for the treatment of varicose veins?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Reducing the Pain of Varicose Veins
Most people get their varicose veins treated because they don't like the way that the veins look. There's no shame in that; it's okay to want to wear shorts without having to be self-conscious about that striped blue look you're sporting. But some people have a more compelling reason to seek out treatment for their varicose veins; varicose veins can be really painful.
As noted in a recent advice column, here are some of the options that are available to you for reducing the pain of varicose veins:
- Exercise. Getting the blood moving may reduce the pain of varicose veins.
- Lose weight. If you're overweight, you're going to have more painful varicose veins.
- Get varicose vein treatment such as VNUS Closure Fast.
Most people don't want their legs to look unsightly but nobody wants them to hurt!
Question of the Day: Are you more concerned about the appearance or the pain of varicose veins?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Prevent Vein Disease with Cleaner Air
When we talk about varicose vein prevention, we're typically talking about the diet and exercise habits that you can engage in to improve your circulation and limit the likelihood that you'll suffer from vein problems. However, a new study shows that you may also want to take a closer look at the air you breathe if you're serious about protecting yourself from vein disease.
The study revealed that those people who were exposed to particulate air pollution for long periods of time were at higher risk of developing serious vein problems such as deep vein thrombosis. The pollution seems to have an impact on the circulatory system, causing unnatural clotting to occur. The risk seems to be high; the study suggests that there's a seventy percent greater chance of developing this disease after prolonged exposure to that type of air pollution.
The study showed that the impact of the disease was greater on men than on women. Women who were taking hormone replacement therapy were found to not be affected by the air pollution in the same way (and therefore had a decreased risk). There are no definitive suggestions for preventing vein disease by protecting yourself from air pollution but it's yet another reason to start engaging in actions that reduce the pollution here on earth.
Question of the Day: Would you consider moving to a place with less air pollution in order to protect yourself from vein disease and other related medical problems?
Monday, May 12, 2008 Varicose Veins Aren't Only In-Flight Concern
One of the major health concerns that people have when they are going to be taking long airplane flights is the right of vein problems including the development of varicose veins and issues associated with deep vein thrombosis. However, those are not the only medical problems that you are at risk of when you are going to be taking long flights. Other medical concerns that you should be aware of include dehydration and muscle cramping.
The best thing that you can do to protect yourself from these problems is to be aware of them and proactive in making sure that they don't happen to you. You'll want to engage in varicose vein prevention including moving around the cabin of the plane and making sure to flex and relax your muscles during the flight. You'll also want to make sure to drink a lot of water and to reduce your intake of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during any flights.
You may also want to ask your doctor about the appropriate use of compressions stockings on airplanes. Whether or not they are right for you depends on specific medical conditions so you shouldn't just wear them without getting advice. However, they can be a great method of protecting yourself from the varicose vein problems that are of primary concern during travel.
Question of the Day: What steps will you take to protect yourself during long flights this travel season?
When VNUS Closure Fast was released into the varicose vein treatment market last year, it made headlines all across the United States. It is the most efficient method of treating varicose veins to date and is also a method which is highly effective. Because it reduces the pain and hassle for the patient, it rapidly gained popularity.
It appears from recent headlines that the same popularity is now being seen with the use of VNUS Closure Fast in England. A news report from Nottingham reports that the Queens Medical Centre is happy to be one of the first UK resources for obtaining this procedure.
As with news reports here in the United States (many of which involved doctors in our network), the news report from Nottingham indicates that patients are pleased with the new procedure. This means that it's likely to spread throughout the world with the same ferocity that it spread through the U.S.
Question of the Day: What country do you think will be writing headlines about VNUS Closure Fast next?
Thursday, May 08, 2008 Vein Treatment on Sheep Moves Forward
Last month we reported on a really interesting relationship between varicose vein treatment and an entirely different industry: the wool-gathering industry in Australia. To give a little bit of background on the issue, wool-gatherers have been locked in a battle with animal welfare experts because of a practice called mulesing in which strips of wool are removed from around the breach of the sheep.
Animal welfare experts say that the act of mulesing causes pain to the sheep due primarily to the fact that breach clips are used which cut off the sheep's circulation. As anyone with varicose veins knows, it can be really painful when there are circulatory problems going on in the body. People from groups like PETA say that there's no reason to continue this practice when there are alternatives that are not painful which could be implemented in the wool-gathering industry.
One of the alternatives that has been under consideration has been the use of varicose vein treatment procedures done on humans (like sclerotherapy). New reports indicate that PETA believes that this could be an agreeable alternative.
Question of the Day: Is it surprising that human varicose vein treatments are being used on animals?
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 Stepping Up Efforts to Reduce DVT after Joint Surgery
When we discuss varicose vein treatment, we are commonly talking about a procedure that is done primariyl for cosmetic reasons. However, there are many good medical reasons to get rid of varicose veins, not the least of which is the pain associated with their presence. One of the major medical concerns related to these veins is deep vein thrombosis, a health problem which can cause a fatal blood clot to form in the body.
This problem is exacerbated in elderly people who have had to get joint replacement surgery (such as hip surgery) and are forced to remain in bed as a result of the surgery. Although it is typical to use compression stockings to reduce the risk of developing varicose veins and greater problems like deep vein thrombosis, it is believed that there needs to be a more active approach to dealing with this ongoing problem.
One doctor has made the suggestion (and many agree) that there needs to be a more balanced and patient-centric approach to prevention and treatment of varicose veins and the use of prophylaxis measures for these types of patients. The idea is that you need to prevent the problems before they are present by reducing risks prior to the surgery. Learn more here.
Question of the Day: Does a preventive approach towards varicose vein treatment make sense?
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 Varicose Vein Treatment Videos
People who are interested in learning more about vein treatment can access a variety of different informational sources to gain that education. You can read books, magazine articles, news reports about studies and scientific advances and blogs like this one to get different perspectives about modern vein treatment. One of the types of information that we often neglect, unfortunately, is the medium of the video.
For those people who would like to learn more about vein treatment through video presentations, a good resource to check out is our YouTube video page where there are more than forty different professional videos about vein treatment. Following you'll find three examples of the types of videos that you can find on this site.
Question of the Day: Which of the 40+ vein treatment videos on the site did you find to be most informative?
Monday, May 05, 2008 Our Doctors in the News: Dr. Mark Skellenger
A press release out today highlights the medical skills of one of the doctors in our network, Dr. Mark Skellenger of Houston. The press release is designed to report on the skills that this doctor has in Endovenous Laser Treatment, a procedure that the majority of doctors in our network use regularly. As noted in the release, Dr. Skellenger is one of only a handful of doctors in the Houston area who is using this advanced new laser technology to treat varicose veins, soemthing that the people in Houston who suffer from this problem are no doubt glad to see!
This particular doctor has completed over seven hundred of these procedures which demonstrates that he has what it takes to successfully use this method of eliminating varicose veins. It also points to the effectiveness of the procedure itself, a procedure which is an increasingly popular alternative to more traditional methods of vein treatment such as sclerotherapy.
If you don't happen to live in the Houston area, you can check our network for another qualified doctor near you.
Question of the Day: Which doctor would you like to give some credit to for efforts in vein treatment?
Friday, May 02, 2008 Questions to Ask your Vein Treatment Doctor
You're considering getting varicose veins removed but you're a little bit anxious about the procedure. That's to be expected. Going in for any type of medical work causes us some anxiety. To ease that anxiety, you should make sure that you have all of the information that you need to understand the vein treatment that is going to take place.
Some of the questions that you'll want to ask your vein treatment doctor include:
- What are your credentials? - What is your professional background in treating varicose veins? - What options are there for varicose vein treatment? - Which of these options is best for me and why? - What is your specific experience in performing this vein treatment procedure? - What are the risks of the procedure? - What are the risks of not undergoing the procedure? - What will be the recovery time of the procedure? - What side effects can be expected? - What type of follow-up will you do?
By asking a lot of questions, you'll get the information that you need in order to feel comfortable moving forward with treatment. And you'll also get a good sense of whether or not you have a positive rapport with your doctor, something that's just as important to the treatment as the experience of the doctor may be.
Question of the Day: What other questions would you ask in a first visit to a vein treatment doctor?
Thursday, May 01, 2008 Compression Stockings Keep Store in Business
There is a great little article available online which profiles a small business which has managed to remain open despite changes in the economy over time. The business is a medical supply store which sells important items such as compression stockings. These are items that patients need but don't always know where to find them; doctors in the area can recommend that they go to this store which will fill all of their niche medical supply needs.
The article is interesting because it points to the fact that the business could have taken a different approach to running its store. It could have opted to also sell side items such as adult magazines in order to boost profits. It didn't, and the business believes that's been the key to its success.
People who are in need of medical equipment don't want to go to just any old place on the corner. Sure, they need to go to a nearby store but they want to retain the feeling that they are working with professionals who are knowledgeable about the medical field. This store has done that by staying true to its original focus as a business selling items like compression stockings.
Question of the Day: Do you think it is the niche focus of this store that allows it to remain in business throughout time?