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Monday, November 12, 2012

Increased Awareness as Doctors Rethink Varicose Veins


On behalf of Capitol Vein & Laser Centers, Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. McNeill are pleased to report that yet another influential medical society has recognized the importance of varicose veins in leg health.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has joined the Society of Vascular Surgery, the American Venous Forum, and the American College of Phlebology in seeing the need to raise awareness of this very treatable condition. By doing so, the APMA adds its voice to the coalition of leading medical societies supporting the Rethink Varicose Veins campaign.

We know that the majority of Americans suffering from varicose veins (more than 30 million patients) go without evaluation or treatment, despite the fact that venous disease can lead to severe leg pain, swelling, discoloration and blood clots.

Most commonly, venous disease is caused by saphenous vein reflux (backflow in the longest vein in the leg). This leads to symptoms of heaviness, throbbing, fatigue and even restless legs. The most effective and least painful method of successful long-term treatment is the Venefit Procedure (VNUS Closure). This allows a relatively quick office-based treatment under local anesthesia to eliminate the reflux and return the patient to normal activities the same day. Equally crucial for most patients: health insurance almost always covers this treatment, as varicose veins are typically viewed as a medical rather than cosmetic condition.

Patients who are concerned about venous disease should seek evaluation from a diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. Vascular surgeons have the broadest experience in treating varicose veins, as they have spent their entire careers evaluating and treating this condition. At Capitol Vein & Laser, Drs. Rosenberg and McNeill will provide a comprehensive examination and a thorough ultrasound so patients are equipped with the best information in making decisions about their varicose vein treatment.

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