A New Jersey Vascular Doctor Answers the Question: “Am I Too Old For Vein Surgery?”

As vein doctors, we are asked the question “Am I too old to consider vein disease treatment in New Jersey” FAR more often than you can imagine. And we answer patiently each time, because we know that many of our patients of retirement age have had unpleasant experiences with medical procedures that have left them afraid of anything that sounds like “surgery.”

So we explain some simple facts to them – the vast majority of Americans with varicose veins or other forms of vein disease tend to be in their 50s, 60s, or older. As a result, most of the advances in medical science that constitute modern vein disease treatment methodologies were specifically developed with older patients in mind. It makes sense, right? If we were treating a disease that strikes primarily children, we’d make sure that our treatments were safe for children. Well, we primarily treat people who are over 60, so of course we use treatments that are safe for that age group.

Treatment starts with non-invasive diagnosis and conservative methods

In our vein treatment center in New Jersey, we often encounter older adults who are afraid of even seeking diagnostic treatment for their varicose veins or swollen legs and ankles, because they are afraid that even these procedures might be painful or traumatic. Nothing could be further from the truth; all of the diagnostic procedures we use are non-invasive, meaning that they do not break the skin. Instead, we use Doppler ultrasound to look below the surface of your skin to make sure blood is flowing properly or to locate blood clots painlessly, and with no risk. If we find that you have vein disease, we often start by recommending compression stockings to improve your circulation and lifestyle changes to lower your risk. These treatments are painless and risk-free, and they improve your overall health as they manage your symptoms.

For more serious cases, minimally-invasive methods further reduce risk

Most of the risks associated with any type of medical treatment arise from the need for invasive surgery and general anesthesia. That is why the minimally-invasive modern treatments we use at Chuback Medical Group are so safe. Treatments, such as Endovenous Laser Ablation and Ambulatory Phlebectomies, are done in the office under local anesthetic and require minimal downtime. Sclerotherapy, a treatment used to treat subcutaneous varicose veins and spider veins, is so painless that it requires no anesthesia at all and no down time. These treatments are so gentle that most patients return to work the same day. There is no scarring and no need for “recovery time” because there is nothing to recover from.

So don’t worry about our vein disease treatments – they really are safe. To find out more, give our New Jersey vascular doctor a call today at 201-693-4847 and ask any further questions you might have. We’ll be happy to answer them.

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