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An important part of the job of a varicose vein expert is to provide ongoing patient education about varicose veins, spider veins, and other forms of vein disease. In the articles we write for this website, we try our best to use clear, easy-to-understand language, but occasionally we get requests from patients to make things even shorter and simpler. OK…you asked for it.
Chuback Medical Group’s Handy Layperson’s Guide to Varicose Veins
- Let’s start at the beginning…what exactly are varicose veins? They are blood vessels that have become “leaky” as the result of vein disease or damage. They are swollen and enlarged because their leaky valves allow blood to flow back into the veins instead of being sent to the heart.
- Why is it that I can see varicose veins, but not my other veins? You can see varicose veins because they are close to the surface of the skin.
- My legs feel weak and tired all the time…is this caused by varicose veins? In all likelihood, yes. The weakness and tiredness happens because you have impaired circulation, which is preventing your legs from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. If you ignore this and fail to seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey, the weakness will only get worse.
- Is there any way to reduce the swelling and weakness? If your varicose veins are not causing other problems, you can sometimes control them through conservative treatment – diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and wearing compression stockings to improve your circulation.
- What if this doesn’t work…what then? If conservative treatment doesn’t work to fully control your symptoms (or you want to get rid of the swollen veins for cosmetic reasons), your New Jersey vein treatment center can remove varicose veins permanently using painless, minimally-invasive procedures that can be done in the comfort of our offices.
- Can varicose veins be “fixed,” without removing them? Varicose veins can now be closed using either Endovenous Laser Ablation or Sclerotherapy. The damaged, leaky veins are closed and blood is redirected to the healthier veins in the area. Venous stripping is no longer necessary.
- Once the swollen veins are removed, will there be scarring? Modern vein treatment requires no deep incisions or stitches. Afterwards, the treated veins collapse and are absorbed into surrounding muscle tissue, and within a few weeks you won’t be see any trace of them.
This all sounds good. So what’s my next step if I want to learn more?
Simple – pick up your telephone and call our New Jersey vein expert at 201-693-4847 or go online, and arrange for an initial consultation and screening, during which we will assess your vein health and recommend the most appropriate treatments.
The free-access, user-maintained Internet encyclopedia called Wikipedia is a remarkable success story and a valuable tool. Despite the fact that it is non-profit and has no paid editors, it now contains over 35 million articles and makes them available worldwide in 288 different languages, and these articles have a reputation for being “mostly accurate.” So what does our vein treatment center in New Jersey think about it being a source for medical articles?
Well you can imagine that, as a result, many people have gotten into the habit of using Wikipedia to look up medical conditions to find out more about them. As a “first stop” before moving on to more reputable sources of information, such as a vein treatment center in New Jersey, this can be useful. But in this article we will try to present reasons why you shouldn’t rely on Wikipedia (or any other online medical resource) completely, because they don’t give you the whole story.
As an example, try looking up “swollen legs & ankles” on Wikipedia
What you’ll find is some information on the subject that is accurate but not complete. The article on this subject, for example, will suggest that most cases of swollen legs and ankles are caused by water retention, and happens when fluid leaks from capillaries into surrounding tissue. What the article fails to address is what causes this water retention. It also recommends taking diuretic medications, which is dangerously misleading, because it ignores many other possible reasons for water retention, some of them serious.
This article also ignores the most common cause of these symptoms
If you had asked a real New Jersey vascular doctor such as Dr. John Chuback about swollen legs & ankles, what he would tell you is that a high percentage of cases are caused by a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. This is the most common cause of varicose veins, but it is also one of the most common causes of swollen legs and ankles. Taking diuretics to reduce the swelling not only doesn’t work if you have CVI, it can make the condition worse, because it might provide some temporary relief while allowing the vein disease to get worse.
So if you have swollen legs and ankles, contact a real NJ vein expert
Don’t risk your overall health by relying on a useful but limited crowd-sourced Internet encyclopedia. Take your questions about swollen legs and ankles to professionals who have studied their causes and treatments for many years by just picking up your phone and giving us a call at 201-693-4847 or go online to schedule.
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Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, has been cited as the most important advance for NJ vein experts in medicine during the last half of the 20th century. Its use by physicians to “see inside the body” without having to break the skin or invade a body cavity has ushered in an age of minimally-invasive interventional radiology (IR) treatment techniques that have revolutionized surgery.
Before the invention of ultrasound, many diseases had to be treated with invasive surgery, which meant that the surgeons had to make deep incisions that required general anesthesia and resulted in post-surgical pain, scarring, and long recovery periods. Newer ultrasound-guided IR procedures have eliminated the need for all of that, and have made possible treatments that are so pain- and trauma-free they can be performed in your doctor’s offices.
What exactly IS ultrasound?
Technically, ultrasound refers to sound waves that have a frequency higher than the limit of human hearing. In practice, these high-frequency sound waves are generated by an ultrasound wand or transducer and then pass harmlessly through skin, muscle tissue, blood vessels, bone, and organs. As they do, they bounce off of these objects and return to a computer, which creates a kind of two-dimensional “sonic map” of the area being scanned. The result is similar to an X-ray, but without the dangers associated with exposure to radiation.
Standard ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, and Duplex ultrasound
Standard ultrasound creates a 2D, gray-scale image that is useful for viewing the internal structures of an area of the body. This type of ultrasound is often used in the diagnosis of vein diseases, because it clearly shows the structure of your veins (to detect any abnormalities), and can show any blockages in them (such as blood clots). Standard ultrasound is also used by varicose vein removal experts in NJ to precisely guide tiny needles or catheters into place to close diseased blood vessels.
The limitation of standard ultrasound in the treatment of vein disease is that these 2D, gray-scale images can’t really display blood as it flows through your veins. To see that, NJ vein experts use Doppler ultrasound, which adds color to the images to display motion, so that doctors can determine whether blood is flowing as it should, or whether it is displaying reflux motion and flowing “backward,” pooling in your veins instead of returning to the heart. This reflux blood flow is a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), the most common cause of varicose veins.
Doppler ultrasound is sometimes combined with standard ultrasound to create Duplex ultrasound sonograms, which display both types of images at once. Duplex ultrasound is often used to diagnose serious all types of vein disease.
Ultrasound is just one of the technologies we use at Chuback Medical Group
Our vein treatment center in New Jersey uses state-of-the-art technology that allows us to provide the best vein disease treatments possible to our patients. If you want to learn more about the advanced equipment we use to diagnose and treat vein disease, spend some time looking over the informative articles on our website at https://chubackmedical.com/veins/ or give us a call at 201-693-4847.
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If you consider all of the tremendous advances that have taken place in the treatment of venous disorders in the last two decades, vein disease really should not be as prevalent as it still is. Vein disorders can now be treated by a vein expert as quickly and easily as they can be diagnosed – in the comfort of a doctor’s office, and using non-invasive procedures so painless that they don’t even require anesthesia. So why does vein disease still affect over 26 million Americans a year, causing much suffering, and even hundreds of thousands of deaths? The answer to this question is a combination of “too much misinformation” and “too little real information” about the nature of vein disease.
To correct this situation, in this article one of the top vein doctors in Bergen County is going to take a somewhat light-hearted approach to a serious subject and talk about vein disease in terms of the title of a famous Clint Eastwood “Spaghetti Western” movie title – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The facts we want to emphasize about vein disease really do fall into these three categories, but to save the “Good” for last, we’ll start at the end and work backwards.
“The Ugly” – vein disease is physically unattractive
If you’re one of the millions of people who have varicose veins, you already know what “the Ugly” of vein disease is – you see it in the mirror every day. Varicose veins are so unattractive that most people hide them under long pants and dark stockings because they’re ashamed of how their legs look. But the real ugliness of varicose veins is the disease that causes them: chronic venous insufficiency. CVI impairs your immune system and can leave you with painfully swollen legs and ankles and without the energy to stand or walk for more than a few minutes. And the ugliest part of CVI is that you don’t seek treatment from a New Jersey vein expert, your varicose veins can lead to ulcer formation that turn your legs into literally an ugly mess.
“The Bad” – vein disease is dangerous and impairs your overall health
In addition to being ugly, CVI and varicose veins are Bad for you because they cripple your immune system and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. That’s Bad, but it gets worse because there is more serious form of vein disease called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that can literally kill you. DVT is a blood clot in the large veins of your legs. If these clots travel through to the lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism. This condition is potentially fatal. Now that is Bad.
“The Good” – vein disease is easily diagnosed and treated
Finally we get to “the Good,” and there IS lots of Good. Thanks to advances like ultrasound, which allows varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey to look below the surface of the skin without making incisions, vein disease is easy to detect. And most forms of vein disease – including CVI and DVT – are almost as easy to treat. The treatments we offer are so fast that patients actually have their varicose veins removed on their lunch hour – without having to go to a hospital, without the need for anesthesia, and without the need for long “recovery periods” because there is nothing to recover from.
Dr. John Chuback treats vein problems using state-of-the-art methods such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, and ambulatory phlebectomy. These minimally-invasive procedures are so fast and easy that you can literally walk in to our offices with varicose veins or other vein problems and walk out a short time later without them. And all it takes to get him on your team to fight the “Bad” and “Ugly” of vein disease is a phone call to our vein expert at the Chuback Medical Group at 808-214-5715 or go online to schedule a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!
As vascular doctors seeing numerous patients at our vein treatment center in NJ, we need to start this and any article that offers “home treatment tips” with a warning and a caveat – these are tips that help to ease your symptoms, and make your life trying to “live with” varicose veins easier.
They are NOT tips or techniques that can actually eliminate varicose veins or reverse the effects of the underlying disease that causes them. Sadly, once your veins have become sufficiently damaged by chronic venous insufficiency to cause varicose veins, there is no way to fix or repair them. Professional vein disease treatment in New Jersey involves closing the damaged veins permanently using procedures such as sclerotherapy, micro phlebectomy, or endovenous laser treatment. But if your New Jersey vein expert has determined that your varicose veins are currently not causing more serious side effects, the following tips can make them easier to live with.
7 things you can do at home to relieve symptoms caused by vein disease
- If you smoke, STOP! Stopping smoking will not only improve your circulation enough to reduce many unpleasant symptoms of vein disease, it can cut your risk of heart disease and stroke in half within a couple of months.
- Watch your diet, and if you need to, lose weight. Every extra pound you carry around puts increased pressure on your veins, so it increases the pain you feel from your varicose veins. Ask your doctor for help losing weight.
- Get more exercise. Yes, we understand that if you’re already in pain from varicose veins this tip sounds counter-intuitive and unrealistic. But really, it’s important – if you react to the discomfort caused by your varicose veins by becoming a couch potato, the symptoms will just get worse. So try to walk or perform some other gentle exercise at least half an hour every day.
- Don’t sit for long periods of time. Even if your job requires you to sit at a desk all day, make sure to get up and walk around often – at a minimum, once every hour. Doing this will help restore circulation in your legs and prevent pain and cramping.
- Avoid tight clothing and high heels. Tight clothing, such as “Spanx” or pants that are tight at the waist, impairs your circulation. High heels also put your body at an odd angle when you walk or stand, increasing pressure on your veins.
- Whenever you can, take breaks and “put your feet up.” Relaxing with your legs elevated is one of the best ways to reduce pain and swelling.
- Try compression stockings. Medical-grade elastic stockings can make a huge difference by improving circulation in your legs. Your doctor can help you find the proper size and compression to match your condition.
So how do I find out more?
Your best “first step” should be to pick up your telephone and call Dr. Chuback at 201-693-4847 or go online to schedule at our vein treatment center in NJ and arrange for a consultation. He will assess your overall vein health and make recommendations that can enable you to eliminate the pain and swelling of varicose veins permanently.
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