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Advice from Your Local Vein Clinic

Since travel can be uncomfortable for anyone with varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency or other circulatory issues, the doctors at our vein clinic are posting some expert tips for traveling with vein disease. If you’re planning a trip to (or from) our fair city, follow this advice to stay healthy and pain free.

Why Take Special Care When Traveling with Varicose Veins?

If you have vein disease or symptoms (like ankle swelling, bulging veins, leg pain, restless legs, or skin changes) that indicate possible circulatory problems, you’re at risk for dangerous blood clots while traveling, unless you take precautions.These factors increase your blood clot risk further:
  • Age (older individuals are more likely to have vein problems)
  • Excess weight
  • Family (or personal) history of vein disease or blood clots
  • Recent surgical procedure (always get your surgeon’s permission before you fly and take precautions s/he recommends)
  • Traveling while pregnant (check with your gynecologist before you go)
  • History of taking birth control
  • Serious chronic health problem(s), like diabetes or high blood pressure

Traveling with Vein Disease? Here’s How to Stay Healthy

Air travel is the most commonly discussed risk for those with vein problems, but driving (road trips) and train travel also require precautions. Any time you’re seated in a small space for hours, without enough legroom (as is usually the case during trips), you should be cautious. Even standing in lines or doing lots of extra walking, around an unfamiliar city, can be a hazard–if you don’t “take steps” to prevent leg pain or blood clots.  Follow these 6 tips to avoid blood clots while traveling:
  1. Talk: Discuss your travel plans with your physician or surgeon, if you’re under medical care or have concerns. S/he may recommend against traveling.
  2. Dress comfy: Loose clothing is always better than overly tight clothing, when circulation is a concern—but during travel it’s especially important. Especially avoid tight waistbands or thighs. Don’t wear anything tight at the ankle and avoid tight shoes.
  3. Walk: Getting up for a few minutes every hour and walking around is ideal, if you’re on a plane or train. If driving, make rest stops often, for a short walk. Of course, it’s not always safe to do so, but make a mental note or set a phone reminder to walk when you can.
  4. Exercise: Do heel lifts while seated to help pump blood up through your calves. Move your foot and ankle, from flexed to pointed and back, as much as possible to help keep proper circulation flowing to your heart/lungs.
  5. Compression stockings: Wear compression hose to encourage blood flow from the legs back to the heart.
  6. Hydrate: It takes more effort when traveling, but try to avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee or alcohol. Drink lots of water, even though it might mean searching for restrooms more often.
Vein doctors base their vein treatment recommendations on your individual needs. In general, if your symptoms are mild, and don’t include leg pain, your vein specialist may begin treating you with specific lifestyle adjustments and compression stockings. When symptoms are more serious, your vein surgeon will typically recommend a minimally invasive procedure such as sclerotherapy or laser vein treatments.

Lifestyle Changes for Vein Health

If you can incorporate these healthier habits into your life, you may eliminate your mild ankle swelling from varicose veins, and lower the risk of future varicose veins:
  • Exercise daily. Your vein surgeon may recommend focusing on lower impact exercise such as swimming, walking, biking, etc. (Do not begin or significantly change your exercise program without consulting our vein specialist or your family physician.)
  • Reach and/or maintain a healthy weight.
 
  • Change positions often and avoid sitting (or standing) still for hours. Switch often between sitting, standing and walking throughout the day.
  • Elevate your legs whenever possible.

Vein Treatments for Leg Pain

Vein disease symptoms that disrupt your life, like leg pain, muscle cramping, restless legs, itching, or skin sores are more serious and require minimally invasive vein treatment. In addition to examining you, learning your specific symptoms and medical history, our vascular surgeon may order or conduct an ultrasound exam. The ultrasound requires no advance preparation on your part, is completely painless and uses no radiation. Sound waves are used to create an image of your veins and the flow of blood to reveal any blockages and precisely locate areas for treatment.

Vein Treatment Options in Las Vegas

Varicose veins can be eliminated with the following minimally invasive, outpatient (in-office) treatments or variations thereof. In many cases, both sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments may be used on the same patient, for different vein locations and sizes. Treatment options include:
  • Sclerotherapy: Tiny spider veins and small varicose veins can be effectively treated with carefully placed injections of a sclerosant chemical. This irritates the diseased vein, causing it to collapse and fade away over time. The body effectively reabsorbs the collapsed venous tissue.
  • Endovenous laser ablation (EVLT): This laser vein procedure collapses diseased veins with heat. Your vein doctor inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein (guided by ultrasound imaging) and the laser energy seals the vein. Blood flow is rerouted in other nearby veins and circulation quickly improves.
There is no downtime from either procedure, and no scars. However, these treatments don’t prevent new varicose veins from forming. Only the lifestyle changes suggested can help decrease the chance of getting more varicose veins. You may need more treatment if future diseased veins develop.Ready for expert vein treatment to banish your leg swelling and pain? To schedule an appointment, contact Desert Vein Institute today.Doctors and patients both appreciate the benefits of sclerotherapy for destroying unwelcome veins, particularly in the legs.  This convenient outpatient procedure is highly effective.  Understanding what to expect helps reduce patient stress prior to the first appointment.

How Sclerotherapy Eliminates Unwanted Veins

Fortunately, small veins usually cause few if any medical problems.  However, the appearance of a network of red, blue, or purple vessels is sometimes a big cosmetic concern.Injection of special substances called sclerosing agents is the procedure most frequently used to eliminate spider veins and small varicose veins.  Vein specialists call it the gold standard for treating spider veins.Physicians normally perform this therapy at a vein treatment center.  Using a very fine needle, a vein doctor injects a special liquid or foam into each targeted vessel.   Ultrasound technology sometimes helps guide the needle.The sclerosing agent irritates the walls of a vein, causing the vessel to scar, close, and disappear once resorbed.  Nearby veins assume its circulatory duties.After approving a candidate, a vein doctor can estimate how many procedures will be necessary.  The number of injections depends on the number and the size of veins to eliminate.

What Happens During a Treatment Session

At an initial consultation, the physician conducts a physical exam and reviews the patient’s medical history.  Once any required test results arrive and the doctor has approved individuals for this type of treatment, patients can schedule treatment sessions.After an individual changes into a gown, the staff positions the patient on a table and cleans each treatment area.  Vein specialists frequently opt to use a foam agent rather than a liquid for larger vessels.  Since agents often contain local anesthetic, general anesthesia is unnecessary.Following an injection, the physician massages the area surrounding the site.  Use of compression helps keep blood away from the site and makes it easier to disperse the agent.Soon after treatment, the staff helps the patient get up to begin walking and help prevent blood clots.  Most individuals report at most slight discomfort, but no pain.Except for strenuous activities, most individuals resume their normal routines right away.  Wearing a compression stocking on the treated leg as specified in discharge orders is required.There is no treatment necessary for spider veins — unless their appearance annoys you. Since this is Las Vegas, where shorts are almost required for daily comfort, spider veins are bothersome to many local residents. If spider veins are preventing you from wearing whatever you want, and feeling great in it; that’s a valid and important reason to seek treatment. Spider veins are not “just a cosmetic problem” if they hold you back, or make you uncomfortable. Don’t let spider veins limit your life in any way, when spider veins treatment is quick and easy at your local vein clinic.

Not All Vein Problems Show on the Surface

Besides discomfort in summer clothing, there’s another excellent reason to visit your Las Vegas vein doctor: if you have spider veins, you could have other vein or circulatory problems developing. Other vein problems might not be visible on the surface, like spider veins are. Finding out about any other potential vein problems, early on, makes treatment and prevention more successful. Vascular exams are quick and completely non-invasive, and well worth your time. We can eliminate your annoying or unsightly spider veins.

Our Vein Treatments are Minimally Invasive

It’s easy to put off seeking vein treatment due to your busy schedule. Vein clinics, however, offer an excellent solution for today’s fast-paced lifestyles. With our focus solely on vein disease, we offer very efficient and quick appointments. We have all the expertise and advanced equipment required to evaluate your circulatory system and treat vein disease. What’s more, we use the latest proven-effective and minimally invasive vein treatments, which typically require little to no discomfort or downtime. Even when you’re busy, it’s easy to fit in a visit to the vein clinic.After your vein treatment, you’ll feel confident and relaxed no matter what you choose to wear. Investing in your vein health brings you valuable benefits now and over the long term, as you age. Vein health is crucial for whole-body wellness, since the blood vessels, (even tiny capillaries), all work to carry oxygen and essential nutrients to every part of your body. When you make time for vein health and necessary treatment, it’s not about just looking good, but also about improving your quality of life.

Get Expert Spider Vein Treatment in Las Vegas

If you have spider veins, don’t let them erode your confidence. Be proactive and see our vein doctor for an exam and screening for vein or circulatory problems. Call the Desert Vein Institute in Las Vegas for an exam. Contact us today.The first glimpse of tiny blue, red, or purple blood vessels often takes patients aback.  Although web like collections of spider veins cause few medical problems, they can raise significant cosmetic issues.  Vein specialists offer several spider vein treatment options.

Overview of the Disorder

Although many patients assume spider veins are a type of varicose veins, there are some differences between the two types of blood vessels.  Spider veins usually form closer to the skin’s surface.  They are also typically much smaller than varicose vessels.  However, both types have a shared cause:  venous insufficiency.When one-way valves in veins become defective, blood that is supposed to travel toward the heart falls backward.  As it pools, the resulting pressure expands the walls of a vessel, causing the development of a spider vein or a varicose vessel.  Spider veins most commonly form on the legs or the face and often appear in clusters.Patients suffering from this type of insufficiency typically have these symptoms, according to the American College of Phlebology:
  • A leg that feels heavy
  • Pain, aching, or throbbing
  • A swollen limb
  • Leg cramping
  • Itching
  • A sensation of fatigue in the affected leg
A variety of influences have roles in spider vein development.  These are the most frequent, as reported by the Cleveland Clinic:
  • A family history
  • Growing older
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Hormonal shifts in women
  • Prolonged periods of standing or sitting with crossed legs
  • Vein injury
 

Spider Vein Treatment Choices

Fortunately, all the treatment options currently used for spider veins are available on an outpatient basis.  Depending upon individual needs, the goal might be to prevent the disorder from getting worse or to actually get rid of abnormal vessels.  Many patients take advantage of both options.Three types of treatment are helpful for spider veins:
  • Conservative therapies:  They include self-care and lifestyle changes such as wearing compression stockings, increasing physical activity, frequently elevating a patient’s legs, shedding extra pounds, and wear clothing and shoes that fit well.
  • Sclerotherapy:  Often called a “gold standard” of treatment for spider veins, it is the option vein specialists use the most often.  They frequently pair it with ultrasound technology to achieve the best results.  Using a fine needle, a vein doctor injects a substance called a sclerosing agent into each targeted vein.  This agent, which is liquid or foam, irritates the walls of the vessel.  This causes them to adhere to each other and the vein to close.  Eventually, the body resorbs the vein, causing it to disappear.  The number of sclerotherapy sessions required depends on how many veins are targeted and exactly where they are located.
  • Transdermal laser treatment:  It uses heat to close and eradicate veins.  This therapy is very well suited to small spider veins.

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