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A New Jersey Vein Expert On “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of Vein Disease

vein expertIf 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!

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A Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey Discusses Home Treatments to Relieve Vein Disease Symptoms

vein treatment centerAs 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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A New Jersey Vein Expert Lists Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About Vein Disease

New Jersey vein expertSo you’ve decided to see a New Jersey vein expert about symptoms you suspect might be signs of vein disease. Congratulations…that’s a wise decision. During your first visit, your doctor will probably ask you a number of questions to help him assess your venous health. For example, he may ask you about symptoms you may be experiencing, about your health history, and because vein disease is hereditary, about your family’s health history as well. He will also perform a number of tests, and will then present his findings to you. At that point, however, there are a number of questions that you should ask.

“Are my symptoms due to vein disease, or not?”

Because determining the answer to this question is probably the reason you’re seeing a New Jersey vein expert in the first place, this is the first question you should ask. If you have noticed visible symptoms such as varicose veins or spider veins, chances are the answer will be “Yes.” But if the symptoms that worried you were more subtle, such as weakness in your legs or swelling in your lower extremities, there could be many other possible causes. This is your opportunity to find out for sure, and to ask follow-up questions based on the answer.

“If I don’t have vein disease currently, can you help me prevent it?”

An important thing to remember is that if your New Jersey vascular doctor finds that you don’t have vein disease currently, that doesn’t mean that you’re “off the hook.” He may find, for example, that you have risk factors that give you a higher-than-normal likelihood of developing vein disease in the future. Some of these risk factors you can’t change – your age, your gender, and whether vein disease runs in your family. But other risk factors – smoking, being overweight, how much exercise you get, and how much time you spend sitting – are within your control. You can lower your overall risk by doing something about them.

“If I do have vein disease, what are my treatment options?”

This is probably the most important question you should ask, because there may be many different treatment options available to you. For example, if you have varicose veins, your options can range from conservative treatment (changes to diet, exercise, and lifestyle) to more aggressive treatments that eliminate the swollen veins permanently. Your doctor will present the options that are best for your condition, and help you decide which to choose.

This is your opportunity to ask additional follow-up questions such as “How long will this type of treatment take?” or “Will it provide only a temporary solution or a permanent one?” or “Will the procedure be painful?” And of course you should ask the most important question, “How long will it be before I see results?”

Finally, you should ask, “What happens if I decide to delay treatment?”

From our point of view as top vein doctors in Bergen County, this is one of the most important questions a patient should ask. You may be tempted to decide not to pursue any of the treatment options presented to you, and that is your right, but at the same time you should know what the consequences of that decision will be. Left untreated, vein disease doesn’t magically go away or “get better on its own” – it gets worse. You should know how much worse it can get.

Whatever your questions, Dr. John Chuback is there to answer them for you

At Chuback Medical Group, our focus is on patient education, and making sure that we answer all questions our patients have for us. So don’t be shy about asking – pick up your telephone and give us a call at 201-693-4847 or go online and make an appointment to come in and ask our New Jersey vein expert any questions you might have.

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A Top Vein Doctor in Bergen County Talks about Leg Discoloration, and Why You Should Seek Treatment for It

top vein doctor in Bergen CountyIf you have experienced red or reddish-brown discoloration on your legs or ankles, there are many possible causes, ranging from injury to sunburn to eczema. But if the discoloration has lasted for more than a week and is accompanied by swelling in the affected limbs, there is a good chance that it’s a sign of vein disease. As noted by top vein doctor in Bergen County, Dr. Chuback, tThe redness is often the result of a condition called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, the same vein disease that causes varicose veins.

Why would a vein disease cause skin discoloration?

CVI occurs when the tiny valves that control blood flow through your veins become damaged and no longer function properly. Instead of opening to allow blood to flow through and then closing immediately afterwards, they remain open, allowing blood to flow “backwards” and pool in the veins. This is what causes the veins to swell and become varicose, but it also causes a fluid buildup that irritates the skin above the affected veins and results in inflammation.

Seeking prompt vein disease treatment in New Jersey can eliminate these diseased veins and return your legs to their normal health and beauty, but if the CVI is left untreated, the skin inflammation can escalate and result in dry and itchy skin that is extremely fragile and prone to injury. Just bumping your leg on a chair can result in cuts and open wounds that turn into leg ulcers. These wounds often don’t respond to normal treatment and resist healing, leaving them prone to more serious infection.

What do New Jersey vascular doctors do to treat this condition?

If the CVI is minor and has not resulted in large numbers of varicose veins or leg ulcers, the most likely first option is conservative treatment involving compression stockings, exercise, and lifestyle changes. If the CVI has already caused many varicose veins and they have begun to cause side effects such as chronic swelling in the legs and ankles, varicose vein removal is often more appropriate. This gets rid of the varicose veins permanently, but also removes the cause of the redness and skin discoloration. Fortunately, modern vein removal is fast, easy, painless, and can be performed in your local vein treatment center in New Jersey by a top vein doctor in Bergen County – no hospitals, no deep incisions, minimal recovery time.

So if you are concerned about the appearance of your legs, give us a call at 201-693-4847 or go online and schedule an initial consultation with a top vein doctor in Bergen County. In about an hour we can tell you whether the skin discoloration is due to vein disease, and if so, explain the various treatment options to you.

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A New Jersey Vein Expert Explains the Two Main Categories of Vein Disease

New Jersey vein expert To understand the kinds of disease, we asked New Jersey vein expert, Dr. Chuback what can affect your veins?  Here is what to know about how your veins and how they work when they’re healthy. First, arteries have internal muscles to pump blood, but your veins don’t, so they have to rely on the contraction of nearby muscles to provide the “pumping” action that routes deoxygenated blood and waste materials to the heart and lungs for renewal. Second, the thing that keeps blood flowing in the right direction is a series of tiny valves in each vein that open when the muscles that surround them compress the veins and then close again immediately afterwards to stop blood from flowing backwards, away from the heart.

What can interfere with your veins working properly?

According to our New Jersey vein expert, there are two medical conditions that can interfere with the healthy flow of blood through your veins. The first is called insufficiency, in which the venous valves become “leaky” as the result of disease or injury and fail to close, allowing blood to flow back into the veins and collect there. The second condition that can affect veins is called thrombosis, in which blood clots or thrombi form along the inner walls of the veins. Blood clots restrict blood flow because they narrow the veins, and thus can damage your overall circulation. But thrombosis can be far more dangerous, because often the blood clots don’t stay where they originally formed. Instead they break loose and travel to other locations in the body, where they can cause serious and sometimes fatal damage.

The most common type of vein disease is insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, is the most common form of vein disease. It causes blood to pool in the affected veins, which become swollen and discolored as they take on the bluish-purple color of deoxygenated blood. The resulting varicose veins are not only unattractive, they are often accompanied by symptoms such as painfully swollen legs and ankles and chronic tiredness. Left untreated, varicose veins can cause changes in skin color and texture, leg ulcers that refuse to heal, and an increased susceptibility to more serious conditions like obesity, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

Thrombosis is not as common, but is much more dangerous

The most common form of thrombosis, the second type of vein disease, is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), so called because the blood clots form in the large, deep veins of the leg. These veins are so far from the surface of the skin that visible symptoms of DVT rarely appear, with the result that most people who have DVT don’t know that they have it. This is extremely dangerous, because if the blood clots travel to your lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism. These complications of DVT kill over 300,000 Americans every year.

How do you know if you have (or are at risk for) CVI and DVT?

Because surface symptoms do not always appear, the only sure way to know if you have either of these conditions is to call a top vein doctor in Bergen County to schedule a venous health screening. These screenings are fast, painless, and non-invasive, and can detect both types of vein disease. If your New Jersey vein expert detects signs of CVI or DVT they can treat them equally painlessly, and if they find that you don’t have vein disease yet but are at high risk for it, they can help you prevent it. So call Dr. John Chuback today at 201-693-4847  or go online to start the process of keeping your veins healthy.

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The Benefits of Finasteride

If you’re a guy who’s experiencing hair loss, you don’t have to sit there and take it. You have many options for treatment, ranging from the Cappilus Laser Hat to scalp micropigmentation. Other treatment options include surgery and medications.  Finasteride is a prescription hair loss medication that can help treat male pattern baldness.  Learn more about finasteride, also known as Propecia, and see if it’s a good hair loss treatment for you.

What is Propecia?

Propecia is the brand name of finasteride, a 5-alpha-reductace inhibitor. Finasteride was originally marketed as a medication to help guys with prostate issues. But doctors conducting the clinical trials noticed that it also seemed to help regrow hair. In the late 1997s, the FDA approved the medication for treating male pattern baldness.

To understand how Propecia works, it helps to understand male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness occurs in guys who are sensitive to  dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a stronger form of testosterone. DHT causes certain hair follicles, usually those on the top of the scalp, to shrink, or miniaturize. The shrunken follicles are no longer able to produce healthy hair.  Propecia  blocks 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that transforms testosterone into DHT.

Benefits of Propecia for Men

During clinical trials for the medication, about 86 percent of the men who took it saw their hair loss stop. About 65 percent saw regrowth of hair, according to WebMD. Propecia is so far that only medication available that is able to lower the levels of DHT in a man’s body. It’s often recommended as the first line of treatment against male pattern baldness by the American Hair Loss Association.

Another benefit of finasteride is that it can be taken on its own or used along with another hair restoration procedure to improve results. For example, your doctor might prescribe Propecia after hair restoration surgery to help slow down or halt the progression of hair loss in untreated areas of the scalp. The Capillus Laser Hat can help stimulate hair growth along with taking finasteride.

Side Effects of Propecia

It’s important to understand that Propecia can cause a number of side effects, some of them more severe than others.  One of the most noteworthy side effects is a loss of libido, which can last for as long as you take the medicine. Such side effects are usually very rare, though and affect a very small percentage of patients.

Another thing to know about Propecia is that you need to continue to take it to see the benefits. Hair loss can progress or return if you go off of the medication for any reason. 

Also, Propecia is for men only.  Women shouldn’t take it and it’s particularly important that women who are pregnant not even touch it, as handling crushed finasteride tablets can cause birth defects in male fetuses.

While Propecia can be an effective hair loss treatment for many men, it’s not your own option. To learn more about hair restoration and other hair loss treatments, call 844-261-7020 to schedule a consultation at Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, NJ today.

 

 

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A Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey Reveals How Vein Doctors Can Help You Avoid Future Health Problems

vein treatment center in New JerseyIf his years as a top vein doctor in Bergen County have taught Dr. John Chuback anything, it’s that most people really don’t understand the relationship between their vein health and their overall health. Several times a month, Dr. Chuback meets new patients at his vein treatment center in New Jersey who have put off seeing a New Jersey vascular doctor about their varicose veins for months or even years because they don’t think that they’re a “real” disease. They mistakenly think that the swollen and discolored veins that cover their legs are “merely a cosmetic issue,” and that they can safely ignore and pretend that it doesn’t exist by wearing long pants and dark stockings.

These patients often come in to our vein treatment center in New Jersey and complain about painfully swollen legs and ankles, chronic tiredness in their legs, and skin that has turned brown and leathery and is so susceptible to injury that their legs are often covered with open sores that will not heal. Somehow, these patients don’t think that these symptoms are related to their varicose veins, and are often shocked when Dr. Chuback explains to them that not only are their varicose veins a dangerous form of vein disease, ALL of these other symptoms they complain about are caused by that vein disease.

If your circulation is poor, your health is poor

The most common cause of varicose veins is a condition called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. If you have CVI, the tiny, one-way valves that open to allow blood to be pumped back to your heart and lungs become “leaky” and fail to close properly. As a result, blood “leaks” back into the veins and pools there, causing them to swell and take on the bluish-purple color of deoxygenated blood. The visible results of CVI are the ugly, swollen varicose veins themselves, but the deeper and more dangerous results are internal, as these diseased veins begin to impair your whole circulatory system. That is what causes the swelling, the weakness in your legs, and the skin changes.

More important, poor circulation cripples your immune system

On a deeper level, the damage that CVI is doing to your circulation is having even worse effects on your overall health because it weakens your immune system and makes you more likely to develop even more serious diseases. CVI makes you more likely to become obese, and much more likely to develop chronic inactivity, which kills more people worldwide every year than smoking. CVI increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and can even cause mental problems, as you become depressed about the way you look.

So how can treating your vein disease prevent future health problems?

Eliminating your visible varicose veins with modern, minimally-invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) also eliminates the vein disease that causes them. This improves the overall functioning of your circulatory and immune systems, and reduces your risk of developing more serious diseases. Treatment at one of the best vein treatment centers in New Jersey even increases your heart health, because if we help you to lose weight, get more exercise, and stop smoking as part of your vein disease treatment, we are also lowering your risk factors for heart disease as well.

So think of vein disease treatment as a long-term investment in your health

Yes, our experts art our vein treatment center in New Jersey can help you get rid of those ugly varicose veins. But at the same time, we really can help to improve your overall health, and help you to say healthy longer. And what’s not to like about that? So give us a call at 201-693-4847 or go online to allow the experts at Chuback Medical Group to get started improving your health.

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A Top Vein Doctor in Bergen County Talks About Swollen Legs and Ankles

top vein specialist in Bergen CountyOk, if you’re reading this there is a good chance you’ve begun to experience swollen legs and ankles, and too often to believe that the swelling is due to an injury, a sprain, or just “normal aging.” You’ve also probably read that swelling in the legs and ankles is often a symptom of vein disease. This is especially true if the swelling persists for some time, or is a recurring condition. So in this article a top vein specialist in Bergen County, Dr. John Chuback will answer some of your questions.

What New Jersey residents should know about swollen legs and ankles

Whatever its cause, the actual swelling occurs because of a buildup of fluid in the tissues of your legs, referred to as peripheral edema. This in turn is often caused by a problem with your circulation. In a healthy circulatory system, your arteries convey nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to your extremities, and your veins pump deoxygenated blood and waste products back to your heart and lungs for renewal. Arteries have their own internal muscles to pump blood, but veins rely on a series of tiny, one-way valves that open and close to allow blood to pass through, and then close to keep it from flowing backwards.

Vein disease occurs when these valves become “leaky” and fail to close properly, which allows blood to flow back into the veins and pool there. This condition, called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, is the primary cause of varicose veins, but is often the most likely cause of chronically swollen legs and ankles. Left untreated, the swelling caused by CVI can quickly become so painful that you can become effectively disabled, unable to walk. CVI also impairs your immune system, increasing your risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Another dangerous side effect of chronic leg swelling is inactivity

If you fail to seek treatment for swollen legs and ankles from a top vein specialist in Bergen County, the pain associated with them can become so intense that you stop exercising, and become inactive. This has been identified in recent years as one of the greatest dangers to good health, because inactivity increases your likelihood of death from all causes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that inactivity kills more people worldwide per year than smoking.

So what can you do about swelling in your legs and ankles?

If the swelling has persisted more than a few days, the most important thing you should do is contact a New Jersey vein expert and have a venous health screening. These screening are painless, non-invasive, and take only about an hour, but they can either rule out the presence of vein disease quickly, or detect the presence of CVI and other venous disorders. If the swelling turns out to be caused by vein disease, the best vein treatment center in New Jersey can propose fast, painless, minimally-invasive treatments that can eliminate it and restore your legs and your circulation to their normal state of health.

So if you want to do something about your swollen legs and ankles other than complain about them, pick up your telephone and call Chuback Medical Group today at 201-693-4847 or go online to get the process started.

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A New Jersey Vein Expert Discusses the Best Vein Treatment Options for Patients with a Low Tolerance for Pain

New Jersey vein expertAs a New Jersey vein expert, one of the saddest things we have to deal with as vein doctors is the patient who appears in our offices displaying varicose veins in such an advanced stage that, from our point of view, they should have been treated months or even years ago. When we ask these patients why they didn’t consider treatment earlier, many of these patients say, “My mother had an operation to get rid of her varicose veins, and she was in pain for weeks afterwards. I can’t stand pain, so I decided it was better just to live with the unattractiveness of varicose veins than go through that. I’m only here now because my swollen veins have started to hurt.”

When we hear these stories, we know exactly what kind of “operation” the patient’s mother had. It was the only vein removal procedure at the time, and it was called “vein stripping.” You went into a hospital and underwent general anesthesia while a surgeon made incisions along the length of the swollen veins and then literally stripped the diseased veins out with a scalpel. Recovery from this procedure was painful, and sometimes the scarring made it even worse.

But those were the “bad old days” of vein treatment – it’s not like that now

When we hear stories like this, we explain to the patient that this was indeed how varicose veins were removed only a couple of decades ago, but medical science has improved since then. Advances in technologies like ultrasound and in interventional radiology (IR) procedures have created a new era of vein disease treatment in New Jersey.

These days, you can have your varicose veins treated in the comfort of your local New Jersey vein treatment center, and in about an hour. Not only are these new treatments pain-free, there is no need for long “recovery times” because there is nothing to recover from. We’ve had patients who had their varicose veins removed on their lunch hour and then walked out and returned to work. That is how pain-free modern vein treatment is.

What are the best treatments for people with a low pain tolerance?

If you are extremely averse to pain, our New Jersey vascular doctors can treat your varicose veins using conservative treatments that involve diet, exercise, and wearing compression stockings. These methods don’t actually eliminate varicose veins, but they can make living with them more tolerable.

If your goal is to eliminate your varicose veins permanently, however, there are a number of procedures such as sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous laser therapy that are well-suited for those with a low tolerance for pain, because they are all minimally-invasive. This means that instead of having to create large incisions to treat the affected veins, your varicose vein removal expert in New Jersey introduces a tiny needle directly into the swollen vein and then uses chemicals or heat to close the veins permanently. The pain involved has been described as similar to a pinprick, and if that’s too much for you, your doctors can use a local anesthetic to numb your skin so you don’t even feel that.

If you’re still concerned, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Chuback

The best way to get over any lingering fears you might have about vein removal is to give our New Jersey vein expert a call at 732-403-3899 or go online and set up an appointment for an initial consultation. Dr. John Chuback will perform a completely painless examination and then recommend the most painless way to proceed.

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A Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey Explains Where You’re Headed If You Have Swollen Legs and Ankles

vein treatment center in New Jersey One of the things we’ve noticed at our vein treatment center in New Jersey is that patients don’t necessarily follow the advice you give them. Such patients are also notoriously bad at listening when we explain to them what will happen to them if they ignore our advice. As a classic example, one of the most common symptoms reported by patients is chronically swollen legs and ankles. Often, when they first come to see us, they have already Googled this condition, and they want to be assured that the swelling isn’t due to kidney failure or hypertensive heart disease.

Naturally at our noted vein treatment center in New Jersey, we perform a number of diagnostic tests, and most of the time we determine that the swelling is due to vein disease. We explain this, and recommend what we believe is the best possible treatment, which can range (depending on the individual) from conservative treatment to more permanent treatments such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT). We also warn them – in no uncertain terms – what will happen if they don’t get treated. But then a very strange thing happens – some patients ignore what we’ve told them completely, and don’t show up for treatment. This article is for them, to let them know one more time what is in store for them.

First, here is what’s causing the swelling

In most cases, the swelling is caused by a condition called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. CVI happens when the tiny valves that control blood flow through your veins become damaged and “leaky” and allow blood to flow “backwards” back into your veins. CVI is the most common cause of varicose veins, but it is also the most common cause of swelling in the legs and ankles because it allows fluids to collect in your lower extremities.

What will happen to you if you don’t seek treatment

First, you must understand that if your veins have been sufficiently damaged by CVI to cause swelling, the condition is NOT going to “get better on its own.” It’s going to get worse. So here is what you can expect over the next few years.

First, if you already have varicose veins, they’re going to get worse; if you don’t have them already, you probably will. In addition, poor circulation caused by CVI will cause changes in the color and texture of your legs. Your skin will start to turn brown in color and will become more brittle and fragile, and thus more susceptible to injury. Minor scrapes will turn into open sores that will not respond to topical treatment and will refuse to heal. And that’s just what’s happening on the surface. Inside your body, CVI will impair your immune system and increase your likelihood of developing more serious conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This is where you’re headed if you don’t seek treatment for your swollen legs and ankles.

But all of this is unnecessary, because vein disease can be easily treated

The damage caused by CVI can’t be “repaired” because once the venous valves have been damaged, they can’t be fixed. But the diseased veins can be treated using minimally-invasive techniques so painless that they require only local anesthesia and can be completed in about an hour in the comfort of our offices. Once the damaged veins have been closed by these procedures, the swelling and other symptoms will go away as well.

To find out more about how modern vein care treatment can eliminate the swelling in your legs and ankles and return you to a state of normal health, give a top vein treatment center in New Jersey a call at 201-693-4847 or go online, and allow the Bergen Coungy vein experts at Chuback Medical Group to improve your health and eliminate your symptoms.