Do you visit your OB/GYN, cardiologist, dentist or dermatologist only once during your life? Of course not. You know that for correct diagnosis, treatment and management of most medical conditions and preventative health issues, more than one visit is required. This also holds true when treating your veins. Depending on your concerns, whether it is spider or varicose veins, several visits may be required to improve your appearance and relieve your symptoms of venous insufficiency. Why gamble with the health of your legs when there are practical steps you can take to ensure
the best results?
Follow these guidelines when choosing a physician for vein treatment:
Choose a board certified specialist in the field of phlebology.
As with any medical procedure, it is crucial to do your research and choose an expert. Nick Morrison, MD and Charles Rogers, MD, at the Morrison Vein Institute, are both board certified by the American College of Phlebology
(phlebology is the study of veins). Only 250 doctors across the United States have earned this certificate. Dr. Morrison is the President of the American College of Phlebology and is world renowned as a conference speaker and authority on venous treatment. Drs’. Morrison, Rogers and McEown, of Morrison Vein Institute, are involved with research projects that place them at the forefront of the latest and best treatments in venous care.
Is the treatment customized for each patient?
Some doctors offer only one type of treatment because that is the only procedure in which they have experience. Each patient should be examined on an individual basis by a doctor who has a wealth of knowledge and experience with all venous procedures. The physicians and/or nurses should provide a detailed plan of care, designed specifically for each individual, that
may include thermal ablation (closing a vein with heat-laser or radio frequency), chemical ablation (closing a vein with a chemical solution),
ambulatory phlebectomy (removing bulging veins through very tiny self-sealing incisions), ultrasound guided injections and/or visual
Does the doctor offer follow-up care?
Don’t be misled by a doctor who states that everything can be done in one visit. You need visits that incorporate diagnosis, tests (ultrasound scan) and treatment. After the initial treatment, you will need visits for additional treatments to complete the process of closing down the veins and to check the progression of healing. Follow up visits are also a good time to ask
the doctor what you need to do to maintain the health of your veins. Diet, exercise, travel guidelines, helpful hints during pregnancy as well as preventative maintenance, are all items for discussion with your doctor and nurse.
Inquire about compression hose wear.
Success of any vein treatment includes wearing compression hose for the prescribed period of time. Compression hose are not the ugly hose your grandmother wore, but now are attractive and comfortable. Morrison Vein Institute is the only practice in the United States that offers compression hose in fashion colors. Your friends will think that you are wearing stylish leggings or colored tights that are all the rage now. Since we are all in air conditioned offices, homes, gyms and cars, you will be comfortable regardless of where you are or what you are doing. Do you have to wear hose the rest of your life? No, but it is recommended that you wear compression
hose during treatment, when flying or when in the car for long trips. Lightweight compression hose, that have the appearance of department store
hose, may be worn during those times when you want some support or when traveling. The brand and style (pantyhose, thigh-highs, knee highs) of the hose should be determined based on your body type and the vein treatment you need.
Many of the RN’s at Morrison Vein Institute have had the procedures themselves and wear the hose, so they have first-hand knowledge of what you will experience during treatment and hose wear.
Discuss your daily routine with your doctor.
Many patients are afraid that their daily routine will be put on hold during treatment. At Morrison Vein Institute, we require our patients to exercise
for 30 minutes daily. Walking, running, doing light aerobics, Pilates, yoga, treadmill or elliptical machines are all permitted. Exercise contributes
greatly to the healing process and promotes good circulation. For many procedures, patients may return to work the same day. What a
difference from the old vein-stripping procedures or sclerotherapy with saline injections, that were so debilitating and painful.
Is vein care a one-shot deal?
No, it is not. As with anything, maintenance is important. You visit your doctor every year for your annual physical and mammogram, or visit your dentist twice a year for cleaning. Even your car requires an oil change on a regular
basis to perform optimally. Regularly scheduled visits are also important for the health of your legs. Once the initial medical procedures and/or visual sclerotherapy treatments are completed, yearly visits to check the health of your veins are needed. By complying with the follow-up visits, exercise and hose wear as needed, you are being proactive in maintaining healthy circulation in your legs. You will be an informed and educated patient when seeking care for your venous problems if you follow these guidelines.
Written by: Sharon Olbert, RN, BSN
Posted by: Kelly Lorenzen