Are You At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Some vein problems, such as varicose veins, are often little more than cosmetic concerns. But for some people, varicose veins can be a symptom of a larger vein issue or circulation problem, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT affects millions of people per year, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, can recur in about 30 percent of patients.  Although DVT can happen to anyone, there are a variety of factors that can increase your risk for the condition. Find out if you are at risk for DVT.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk Factors

Elevated Hormone Levels

Elevated estrogen levels can increase your risk for developing DVT. Taking hormonal birth control pills or using another hormone based method of birth control often increases the blood’s clotting ability. The elevated hormone levels associated with pregnancy can also put a woman at an increased risk for DVT, up to six weeks after the birth of the baby. Women who are taking hormone replacement therapy may also have an elevated risk.

Injury to a Vein

Some types of injury, such as a bone fracture or muscle injury, can also cause damage to the veins, increasing a person’s risk for DVT. In some cases, the stress put on the body by major surgery, especially surgery in the abdominal, hip or leg area, can also raise the risk for DVT.

Reduced Blood Flow

Good blood flow or circulation helps reduce the likelihood of clots forming. There are several instances when circulation can be interrupted or slowed down. For example, if you need to sit still for long periods of time, such as on a long plane ride or because of bed rest, it is more difficult for the blood to pump from your legs back to your heart. The stalled circulation can make it more likely that a clot will develop. 

Genetics or Family History

Some people have an increased risk for DVT because they have a family history of the condition or of pulmonary embolisms. It’s also possible to have a higher than average risk for DVT due to an inherited blood clotting disorder. In some circumstances, a combination of factors, such as an inherited disorder combined with taking birth control pills, increase risk.

Other Risk Factors

Remember that DVT can happen to anyone, even if that person doesn’t have any of the above risk factors. Often times, simply getting older can be enough to raise the risk for the condition, as can having certain diseases or being overweight.

Often, vein treatment for DVT involves finding ways to break up the clot. Varicose vein treatment, such as wearing compression stockings, can help prevent symptoms of Post-thrombotic syndrome from occurring. If you are worried about DVT or other venous issues, scheduling an appointment at a vein clinic to discuss your treatment options with vein doctors and vascular surgeons is a good idea.

New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center has several locations in Missouri. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

New Technologies for Venous Treatment

The American College of Phlebology estimates that more than 25 million US citizens suffer from some form of unsightly and/or painful venous condition. Naturally occurring within an extremely high percentage of the population, varicose veins are as old as human history. However, thanks to rapidly evolving treatment options, getting rid of varicose veins has never been easier.

 

An Extremely Brief History of Varicose Vein Treatment

 

In the past, the only viable option for varicose veins sufferers involved the surgical removal of any diseased veins in a procedure that is commonly known as “vein stripping.” Vascular surgeons would remove affected veins in an invasive process that resulted in significant pain, bruising, and other potential medical complications.

 

Fortunately, vein treatment has come a long way over the last several decades as specialized scientists and vein doctors have found success with minimally invasive procedures such as ambulatory phlebectomy, which employs micro-incisions to facilitate removal with a minimum of discomfort and recovery time. The typical modern vein clinic also offers a range of laser and ultrasound treatment procedures.

 

The Latest Varicose Vein Treatment Options

 

New innovations in the medical field have led to multiple varicose vein procedures that achieve exceptional results with no need for general anesthetics or dangerous chemicals. Clinical trails have suggested that these new procedures result in fewer side effects and complications. Some of these state-of-the-art treatments include…

 

  • The VenaSeal Closure System – Effective on veins of all sizes, the VenaSeal Closure System uses a proprietary medical adhesive that is delivered endovenously through a non-invasive catheter. Numbed by a mild local anesthetic, patients will feel only mild pulling or tugging sensations as the catheter places adhesive in strategic locations along the diseased vein.

 

  • The ClariVein Device – This device uses mechanico-chemical ablation (MOCA) combining the mechanical rotation of a small infusion catheter with safe chemicals to speed the closure of veins. Because the ClariVein Device engenders natural vein spasms to engender closure, it can treat varicose veins with a minimum of minimal post-operative pain and recovery time.

 

  • Varithena – A polidocanol injectable foam, Varithena is an exciting new method of treating, not only varicose veins, but tortuous (twisted) veins. This pre-manufactured foam fills the vein completely before collapsing it. In clinical trails, Varithena has proven to be both effective and long-lasting.

 

For more information about these innovative approaches to varicose vein treatment contact a highly skilled and knowledgeable representative of the New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center. With the advice of a qualified medical professional, you can find a treatment option that is right for you.

Choosing Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Spider veins making you self conscious about wearing shorts or swimwear? If that’s the case, you could consider sclerotherapy. This is just one of the treatments offered in a vein clinic like New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center. Under the direction of Dr. Raffi Krikorian, you can have a varicose vein treatment that can solve this problem.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Veins rely on muscle contractions and small flaps of tissue called valves to hep get blood back to the heart. As the muscles contract, they squeeze the veins, while the valves prevent blood from flowing backward. Unfortunately, those valves can fail, which allows blood to pool and distend the vein. Small veins are called spider veins and large veins are called varicose veins or varicosities, but in reality, they’re both the same thing – they just differ in size. varicose veins are one of the primary causes of venous disease.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment used by vein doctors and vascular surgeons to treat spider veins. It’s actually considered the gold standard for this condition. Performed in a doctor’s office or vein clinic, sclerotherapy is a simple outpatient procedure and usually takes less than an hour. The treatment is based on the concept that an irritated spider vein will swell, collapse and scar shut. The doctor injects an irritant solution into the vein and then applies compression bandages or stockings to help the vein seal closed. Most people with varicose or spider veins are good candidates for sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy – Different Types

There are actually three kinds of sclerotherapy. Traditional sclerotherapy relies on the irritant solution. Foam sclerotherapy uses medical solutions mixed with air to produce a creamy consistency. Foam can be used on larger, deeper varicose veins, not just spider veins. The foam can also be seen with an ultrasound device, so guided ultrasound sclerotherapy is used to find and treat deep, less visible veins. Foam also uses less medication per treatment, which allows treatment of a larger area with the same amount of treatment solution.

What’s the Procedure Like?

Sclerotherapy is actually a very simple procedure. The doctor will carefully cleanse the skin. Next, a very fine needle is used to inject the sclerotherapy solution into the vein. You might feel a burning or stinging sensation as the liquid is injected. The sensation usually goes away quickly. The spider veins swell and then collapse in response to the irritation from the solution. You should be able to go home shortly after the treatment and resume your normal activities within a day or so. You’ll need to wear compression stockings for a couple of weeks to help the veins scar closed.

Sclerotherapy is the vein treatment that can solve your spider vein problems. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for an assessment. We can answer any questions you might have. Be aware that sclerotherapy for spider veins is considered a cosmetic procedure by most insurance companies – we’ll help you work out a payment solution.

 

 

 

When You Need a Vein Doctor

Your body contains thousands of miles of blood vessels, including arteries, veins and capillaries. These various blood vessels make up what is called the vascular system (which also includes the heart, of course). If you develop vascular problems related to the veins and need vein treatment, you need a vein doctor like Dr. Raffi Krikorian, at New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Vascular Problems

Although vascular problems can technically include heart disease, most medical professionals use these terms to refer to vein issues such as varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins occur in the legs, while spider veins (which are much smaller) can also occur in places like the face. In both cases, these conditions occur because tiny flaps of tissue (valves) inside the vein stop working properly. When the valves fail, blood backs up in the vein and it becomes distended, causing the characteristic bulging, twisted varicose vein or the colored “starburst” of a spider vein. Spider veins may not cause any symptoms, but are often a cosmetic issue, while varicose veins may cause aching, burning or swelling in the legs.

What’s a Vein Doctor?

The term vein doctor isn’t used to describe a medical specialty. Interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons may all be called vein doctors. Although their basic training is the same in medical school, each specialty covers different kinds of medical conditions and treatments. Radiologists specialize in the use of imaging technology to diagnose and treat disease, cardiologists like Dr. Krikorian specialize in heart and vascular disease, and vascular surgeons specialize in surgical treatment of vascular disease. When it comes to vascular problems like varicose veins or spider veins, any of these physicians may offer in-office treatments such as sclerotherapy or ambulatory phlebectomy, but only surgeons offer surgical procedures like a vein stripping.

What Services Does a Vein Doctor Offer?

Depending on the practice and specialty, a vein doctor may offer a variety of different treatments. Many of these are minimally invasive and can be performed in a doctor’s office or vein clinic. Recovery time is short (sometimes only a day or so). At New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center, we offer ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser ablation (EVLT), radiofrequency (RF) ablation and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is considered the treatment of choice for spider veins. We can also recannalize (open) major veins that have become blocked and use ovarian vein emobolization to treat what is known as pelvic congestion syndrome. We also offer some of the newest treatments, such as Venaseal (a glue that can close varicose veins), mechanico-chemical ablation (MOCA) – which improves the results of sclerotherapy – and Varithena foam, which lasts longer and is more effective than regular sclerotherapy solutions.

If you have varicose or spider veins, we can help. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We’re also happy to answer any questions about vascular disease, varicose vein treatment, insurance coverage or other related issues.