Capitol Vein Blog

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Treatment Before Ulcers: Case Study


A new patient finally came to CVL's Frederick, Maryland office after facing his fear of what he believed would be highly uncomfortable treatment of his large, painful varicose veins. He was at high risk due to his family history of varicose veins; both of his parents underwent surgical vein stripping many years ago and he was unaware of the newer procedures.  He came to see me after developing a painful skin ulcer on his ankle, which had prevented him from working for the past three weeks.

As a first measure, we check patients with these symptoms using an ultrasound exam to determine where the venous reflux begins. Then, using the Venefit Procedure, formerly VNUS Closure, we eliminate back flow in the veins. This procedure has enabled highly effective and relatively painless treatment.

In addition to treating the underlying cause, compression stockings and good wound care will further support healing of this patient's sore. Of course, treatment of the varicose veins before the ulcer develops is the preferable approach. Patients with varicose veins should seek evaluation before signs of skin discoloration or sores develop. Even patients with restless leg syndrome (RLS) who have varicose veins find significant relief after the veins are treated.

Importantly, these procedures are covered by insurance and allow immediate return to normal activity. Because of the ease of Venefit, we also find that many doctors rethink varicose vein treatment for their patients and encourage action as soon as possible, leading to a much better quality of life.

If you have varicose veins and would like a free screening or complete evaluation, contact us and either Dr. McNeill or Dr. Rosenberg will be happy to answer your questions.

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