Pelvic Pain

The article I am summarizing today pertains to women with pelvic pain. The article in entitled “Clinical outcome after treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome: sense and nonsense” (read article here). This article is very relevant, as there are many women who have chronic pelvic pain, accounting for up to 10% of visits to gynecologists. There are many potential causes of this pain, with the second leading cause being pelvic venous reflux. Pelvic venous reflux is

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Leg Edema or Swelling

I have linked a very informative web site for your review. The link is http://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p102.html. This was published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The article discusses leg edema, or swelling, and the many potential causes.  Most patients are first evaluated by their primary care physician for leg problems. Vein disease is a common cause of leg swelling, but primary care physicians, as well as vein specialists, need to be aware of the many

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Vein Care Physicians

This blog is essentially a continuation of my first blog last month, but in greater detail. The article linked for your review, “Absurd Vein Care: Can We Fix it?” is a round table discussion (published 2015) that points out problems due to the explosion of vein specialists. This panel consists of six nationally known vein specialists: 4 vascular surgeons, one internist, and one dermatologist. I encourage you to read the whole article, but here are

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Introduction Blog

As a Professor of Surgery, I think it is important to start a blog in order to educate our community on the current status of vein disease and vein care. Most patients express their greatest concern about developing blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are indeed life threatening venous disorders that affect many Americans. However, even greater numbers of Americans suffer from varicose veins and spider veins. Fortunately, patients have become increasingly aware

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Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

One of the most common causes of varicose veins is pregnancy. With the stress that a woman’s body goes through while carrying a developing child, symptoms of what that stress does to her body become evident in things such as varicose veins.

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A Common Delivery Method

Intravenous injections are as normal to us as wearing shoes. Immunization shots, flu shots, drawing blood samples- our blood vessels are exposed to the needle very often in our lives. Does this put you at risk for varicose veins? Are IV delivery methods of medication entirely safe or are there possible side effects?

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More specifically, what’s the difference between high and low impact exercise and how does it affect your veins? Exercise is good for the body, and we know what the effects are of too little exercise. But did you know that too much exercise can be just as damaging? High-impact exercise is where your feet leave the ground, often at the same time, such as running, hopping, skipping rope, step aerobics. These are more intense workouts

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Lymphedema and You

Did you know there’s a secondary set of vessels, very similar to blood vessels, which run throughout your body? The lymphatic vessels join blood vessels and veins in running through your body’s tissue. Constructed in the same way the circulatory system is, the lymphatic system acts as a cleansing mechanism.

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DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis. This is when a blood clot forms in a vein deep within the body tissues, such as a vein in the thigh muscle. Blood clots can not only block circulation to extremities, but they can fragment and send smaller clotting tissue into the heart and lungs. Deep vein thrombosis is most common in people over 60, but there are risk factors that need to be taken into account.

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Alligators in the Sewers

There are always misconceptions and misunderstandings about any given topic, and vein treatment is no exception. As technology advances, public awareness isn’t always able to keep up. Old truth becomes current myth and people may avoid seeking treatment because they’re basing their decision off of information no longer relevant. Here are some of the most common vein treatment myths and the reality behind them.

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