The beginning of a new year prompts us all to make resolutions for personal development.
We believe focusing on your overall health is a great way to prevent varicose veins and spider veins. Often times, resolutions are too ambitious without a plan. However, making realistic and simple resolutions with a concrete plan is the key to consistency, while achieving your health goals. Explore our simple New Year vein resolutions to ensure sure your veins are healthy for years to come.
At Via Vascular, we want to make sure all of our current and prospective clients lead a healthy and vein disease free lifestyle. Keep your vein resolutions concise and simple. To get you started, here is an example:
To achieve these vein resolutions, we have some simple ideas and solutions to keep you on the right track!
A healthier lifestyle equals healthier veins! Paying attention to your BMI (Body Mass Index) is an excellent way to monitor your health. Also, maintaining a BMI of 35 or less is the target goal. Add that with elevating the legs for at least 20 mins daily. Calf-pump muscle exercises to help improve muscle strength, ankle flexibility, and overall health. These exercises are also designed to strengthen the muscles in the legs. They will ultimately help veins pump blood flow back to the heart.
Problems develop in veins when the walls are stretched and blood begins to pool in the legs. Whether from genetics, pregnancy or work that requires an excessive amount of sitting or standing, your veins may be at risk. Wearing compression socks is one easy solution to improve vein health. Compression socks give veins support and allow for blood to return to the heart more easily. You can find compression socks at local pharmacies, sports equipment stores, online, in various styles and color options. Plus, some have found that wearing compression socks/stockings have vastly improved their symptoms and did not need further treatment. If problems do persist, contact Via Vascular for vein treatments that will best assist your needs.
Symptoms of venous disease should not be overlooked. If checked by a professional early on, the root of the vein problem can be discovered. If ignored, these symptoms can later develop into spider or varicose veins that will require proper treatment. Even if you remain healthy and utilize compression socks, the symptoms may only be alleviated, but not cured. Here at Via Vascular, we are specialized in treating both spider and varicose veins. Catching the signs early on can save you from serious complications in the future.
Via Vascular is a leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. We provide excellent solutions through treatments like endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Our procedures are minimally invasive with no required hospital time. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.
At Via Vascular, we are able to treat unsightly spider veins and our treatments are profoundly successful. Spider veins (also known as Telangiectasia) are the miniscule and narrow red or blue veins that tend to spread throughout the legs as one ages. They are caused by increased pressure in the veins. Typically, you can find them in the lower limbs, but sometimes there are found on other unexpected areas of the body. Explore our blog to learn the three other unexpected areas where spider veins can appear and why.
Spider veins can appear in facial veins. They are usually discovered under the eyes, or around the cheeks and nose. The cause can come from skin diseases (rosacea and eczema) as the added pressure due to irritation will cause them to turn visible. Smoking (which can cause premature aging) and the free radicals from overexposure from the sun are two factors that may cause spider veins to appear on the face.
Aging is the top reason why veins can occur in the hands. The older the hands become the less fatty tissue it has, which can cause the skin to thin out and have less elasticity. As a result, hand veins will be more visible underneath the skin. Unfortunately, this is common, yet unavoidable. Without treatment, the spider veins will become more prominent with time. That is why having treatment earlier on will make the treatment less difficult and even more effective.
If not reduced, spider veins can evolve into varicose veins that can also spread to the feet. While spider veins may be more of a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can cause pain and aching that can lead to circulatory problems. Therefore, it is important to look into treatments as soon as possible before problematic issues surface from spider veins and developed varicose veins.
Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. If you are unsure about varicose vein or spider vein symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular. Find out more information and make an appointment today by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.
Are you or anyone you know with varicose veins ready for treatment? Here at Via Vascular, our treatment of varicose veins involves a multi-step process that will include several visits to our office. Many members of our excellent team, which involve the physician, nurse, practitioner, sonographers, and medical assistants, will all assist you during the process of treatment. Explore this blog to understand the phases of treatment for varicose veins to be well prepared for your next visit.
Initial Evaluation/Consultation: (Approximately 30-45 min.)
The first step will require an initial consultation with the physician or nurse practitioner. This consultation will involve an examination of the legs and an assessment to figure out the severity of your varicose veins. If needed, an ultrasound exam may be necessary in order to determine which veins are the causes of any symptoms. For those with spider veins, an ultrasound may be required to rule out larger vein involvement. Additionally, medical grade compression stockings may be prescribed of 20-30mmHG as part of the treatment to address any current symptoms.
Venous Ultrasound: (Approximately 45 min. (per leg) and 30-45 min. with physician)
The sonographer during this comprehensive ultrasound will then examine and identify the veins in the legs to see if there are any diseased or unusual veins, which may take 45 min. for completion. The reason why a venous ultrasound is imperative is this is the step to determine the cause of varicose veins that will help guide the physician in recommendations for care. Also, your insurance company will need this report for authorization of any treatment beyond this point. After the ultrasound is complete, you will then meet with your physician to deliberate the overall results and treatment options available for you.
Pre-Procedure Appointment: (Approximately 45 min.)
If varicose veins and symptoms do no respond to the conservative therapy, we will then submit for pre-authorization to your insurance for the recommended treatment(s) from the physician. Once approved, the next step will require you to schedule a time to see our nurse practitioner for a pre-procedure appointment. This visit will also include a full explanation of the treatment(s) as well as a discussion about the benefits and risks of each recommended procedure. Furthermore, the pre and post procedure instructions will be provided with the prescriptions for medications that will be needed for treatment(s).
Treatment: (Approximately 2-3 hrs.)
First, the physician and medical assistant will make sure you are comfortable and at ease throughout the entire procedure. Note: the provided medication prescribed will make you unable to drive for that day. Please plan ahead for a driver to take you to and from the office. After the treatment(s), you and your driver will need to walk for 20 minutes after the procedure. Keep in mind one leg is treated at a time due to safety reasons. The next leg can be scheduled for treatment 1-4 weeks out.
Post Procedure Ultrasound: (Approximately 30-45 min.)
After relatively one week after the treatments, an ultrasound will be performed to make sure the veins have been closed and to identify any potential concerns.
Follow up Appointment: (Approximately 30 min.)
The follow-up visit will be scheduled 6 weeks after the last treatment for either one or both legs. This visit will call for a meeting with the physician to discuss the cosmetic treatment of spider veins with the sclerotherapy procedure if necessary.
Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. If you are unsure about varicose veins symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular. Find out more information and make an appointment today by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.
Varicose veins are large, raised swollen blood vessels. Most people who have them already know because, they are visibly stretched out where blood has pooled. Usually found on the legs, varicose veins have a thick, “ropey” appearance. Once the extent of venous disease is discovered, typically combinations of treatments are used to fully treat venous insufficiencies. Your physician will start with conservative therapy, less invasive methods, and progress from there.
This is a minimally invasive procedure that has a 98% success rate in providing relief from painful and unsightly varicose veins. EVLT seals off defective superficial saphenous veins, which eliminates the source of surface varicose veins.
Following the procedure, Steri-Strips, dressing, compression stockings, and a compression wrap are placed on the treated leg. You will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes immediately following your treatment. The medical grade compression stockings will need to be worn for the first 36 hours and then about two weeks following the procedure to achieve maximum healing and results. Most people are able to return to normal activities of daily living immediately, although, strenuous activities, such as exercise, will be limited for approximately one to two weeks to promote healing. It is common to have some discomfort and bruising after this procedure. Pain is usually managed by an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove large surface varicose veins. Veins are outlined and abnormal or diseased veins are accessed and removed through a series of pinhole perforations. Typically this is used in combination with EVLT.
Following the procedure, the small punctures are closed with Steri-Strips and bandages, compression stockings and a compression wrap is applied to the treated leg. You will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes immediately following your treatment. The medical grade compression stockings will need to be worn for the first 36 hours and then about two weeks following the procedure to achieve maximum healing and results. Most people are able to return to normal activities of daily living immediately, although, strenuous activities, such as exercise, will be limited for approximately one to two weeks to promote healing. It is common to have some discomfort and bruising after this procedure. Discomfort is usually managed by an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever.
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and the vessels appear red, purple, and blue. Easily visible through the skin, spider veins are typically found on the face and legs. Usually spider veins can be a sign of poor circulation and varicose vein formation.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique used in the treatment of spider veins or reticular veins that are too small to be removed surgically. This treatment involves a needle as small as an eyelash to inject a sclerosant, directly into the veins. No sedation is necessary, and you will be able to return directly back to work.
Expect treated areas to look worse before they look better. Bruising is normal and is to be expected for healing to occur. Results may be seen at 6 to 8 weeks, with maximum cosmetic benefit seen at 3 to 12 months following the procedure.
Many patients come, wanting to have their legs ready for the summer or for an event. In considering the healing time and the need to wear compression stockings post-treatment, many patients find it best to have treatments during the cooler months. If you have an event or vacation, it is advised to start treatments at least 4 months or greater prior to the date.
Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive Seattle varicose vein treatment, including endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Seeking treatment for spider veins? Via Vascular also performs Sclerotherapy as treatment for spider veins. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.