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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seek Early Evaluation to Avoid Varicose Vein Risks

A physician in Leesburg, Virginia referred a patient who had recurrent phlebitis, or surface blood clots, in the left leg.  For several years, numerous other doctors had told the patient that nothing could be done to prevent future problems and to "ride it out."

Surface clots usually involve varicose veins and typically do not pose the same serious threat as deep veins clots (also known as DVT – deep vein thrombosis). When a patient is discovered to have DVT, immediate use of blood thinners will help prevent that clot from migrating to the heart or lungs, which could potentially cause a fatal result.

The patient said that none of her prior physicians had conducted a full leg examination; therefore, none had discovered that she venous insufficiency leading to elevated pressures in the skin veins. This is the usual cause of varicose veins and venous hypertension. Blood clots are one of the known risks of varicose veins, in addition to leg swelling, skin changes, and even leg ulcers.

Now that the source of her problem is defined, we can use the Venefit Procedure (formerly known as VNUS Closure) to treat the refluxing saphenous vein, normalize the pressures in the surface veins of the leg, and significantly reduce her risk of repeated bouts of phlebitis.

This is a clear example of the need for patients to seek advice from an experienced and well-established venous disease specialist. At Capitol Vein & Laser, both Drs. Rosenberg and McNeill have over 20 years of experience as vascular surgeons treating all types of vein problems. Both are diplomates of the American Board of Lymphatic and Venous Medicine (ABVLM).

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