Ask most people to explain what “vein disease” is, and chances are they’ll think for a moment and reply “Varicose veins, right?” And they would be correct, in that varicose veins and smaller spider veins are a part of the larger field of vein disease, but they are far from all of it. In fact, these swollen and discolored veins aren’t even the disease itself; they’re a symptom of a deeper disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, which impairs the entire circulatory system.
The general public has even more misconceptions with regard to how vein disease is treated. Many remember stories told to them by their grandmothers, and still believe that varicose veins can only be removed via surgery, which has to be performed in a hospital under general anesthesia, and which involves long and painful recovery periods and potential scarring. None of this is true, and these stories are a shame, because they prevent people from seeking treatment that they really need. In this article we’ll clear up a few of these misconceptions.
What New Jersey residents need to know about the realities of modern vein disease treatment
First, those stories about the “bad old days” of varicose vein treatment were true, at the time. But there have been marvelous advances in modern medicine since then. In terms of diagnosis, Spider and varicose vein doctors in New Jersey are no longer limited to what they can see on the surface of the skin. Advances such as ultrasound allow them to look beneath the surface of the skin to visualize blood flowing through the veins, and to pinpoint failures in the venous valves that indicate CVI, or blockages that indicate the presence of blood clots.
When it comes to treatment itself, there have been even more important advances. Almost all forms of vein disease can be treated these days using minimally-invasive procedures that do not require hospitalization, and which are virtually pain-free so that they don’t even require anesthesia, and also have much shorter “recovery periods.” You can walk into the comfortable offices of Chuback Medical Group with a vein problem, and walk out without it in about an hour.
Another misconception – vein disease is primarily a “women’s disease” and treatment is “merely cosmetic”
Yes, for hormonal reasons more women get vein disease than men, but this misconception prevents many of the 45% of men who have it from seeking treatment that they really need. And yes, it’s true that varicose veins are unattractive, and that removing them improves one’s appearance, but there are many other reasons to seek treatment. If left untreated, these swollen and discolored veins don’t get better – they get worse, and can become covered with open, bleeding leg ulcers that do not heal and that cause so much pain that you can no longer walk.
Varicose veins are far from the worst form of venous disease. That would be deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, in which blood clots form in the deep veins of your legs. If this form of vein disease is left untreated or undiagnosed because of misconceptions that lead people to believe it doesn’t need to be taken seriously, these clots can migrate through the veins to the lungs or to the brain. The former causes pulmonary embolism, and the latter causes stroke – over 300,000 Americans per year die of these complications from vein disease.
So what’s the real truth about vein disease and its treatment?
The truth about vein disease is that it is very much a real disease, and that there are many valid medical reasons why you should seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey and from a New Jersey vascular doctor. And the truth about vein disease treatment is that modern methods make it fast, easy, and effective.
Now that you know this, isn’t it worth a few minutes of your time to call Dr. John Chuback today at 201-693-4847 today to schedule a venous heath screening to find out what the state of your venous health really is? These screenings take only about an hour, and at the end of that time the best vein doctor in New Jersey will be able to explain to you how to treat your vein disease if you have it, and possibly more important, how to prevent it if you don’t.