Say Goodbye to Varicose and Spider Veins Now!

Say Goodbye to Varicose and Spider Veins Now!

by Gregory D. Martin

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ISBN-13: 9780983185901
Publisher: Plentiful Publishing
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Greg Martin, MD, is a general surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Phlebology. The latter board, which was established in 2008, recognizes modern vein medicine and surgery as an important new specialty. He is also a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Phlebology.

After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986, Dr. Martin fulfilled his surgery internship and residency requirements from 1986 to 1991 at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he served as chief surgery resident during his final year.

Dr. Martin is among the more experienced vein specialists in the world. Since 1986 he has performed more than 6,000 varicose vein procedures and tens of thousands of spider vein procedures.

The past ten years have witnessed extraordinary medical breakthroughs in the treatment of vein disease. Dr. Martin began studying these revolutionary new techniques in 2003 under Dr. Ron Bush of the Midwest Vein & Laser Center in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Bush is one of the pioneers and leading educators in the treatment of vein diseases and one of the foremost authorities in the field.

In early 2004, Dr. Martin opened a state-of-the-art vein treatment center in Valdosta, Georgia, and in 2005 he began devoting his full-time energies to treating vein patients. In 2006, he opened a second vein treatment center in Brunswick, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword Ronald Bush, MD, FACS xvii

Foreword Jose I. Almeida, MD, FACS xix

Introduction: Say Goodbye to Varicose & Spider Veins Now! xxi

I Varicose and Spider Veins

Chapter 1 Fact and Fiction: Dispelling Misperceptions about Vein Disease 3

Leg discomfort is a normal part of aging 3

Vein diseases aren't particularly important or serious 3

Vein disease treatments are painful and scarring 5

Vein treatments are often ineffective and short-lived 5

Vein treatments can actually cause future vein problems 5

Vein operations are severely debilitating and require extensive recovery periods 6

Vein surgery is expensive 6

Vein treatments are only for vain people 6

Chapter 2 Keeping Your Guard Up: Symptoms and Risk Factors for Varicose and Spider Veins 9

Spider veins and varicose veins 9

Seven symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) 11

Nine factors that increase your risk of contracting leg-vein disease 12

Minimizing the risk of blood clots 15

Chapter 3 Yikes! Where Did These Things Come From? The Causes of Spider and Varicose Veins 17

All around your circulatory system 17

Two ingenious features 18

So that's what causes varicose and spider veins! 19

Three simple steps to relieve leg discomfort 22

Chapter 4 Home Improvement: Conservative Measures for Preventing and Treating Vein Disease 23

Elevate those legs! 23

Get off the couch! 25

Keep the pressure on! 25

Get fit! 26

Take your choice! 27

Get a prescription, or not! 28

Compress the healing process! 28

Don't get traveler's thrombosis! 29

Jump through the hoops! 30

Chapter 5 No Harm in Asking: Frequently Asked Questions about Vein Disease 33

Will crossing my legs give me spider veins and varicose veins? 33

Do high-heeled shoes cause vein disease? 33

Does smoking contribute to vein disease? 34

If I'm overweight, am I more likely to get vein disease? 34

Does sunlight cause vein disease? 35

Does strenuous exercise increase my risk of getting spider and varicose veins? 36

What other types of pressure on my abdomen can cause vein problems? 36

How does pregnancy affect my vein health? 36

What about anti-inflammatory pain medications for relief of leg disease discomfort? 37

Are any natural remedies effective in the treatment of varicose and spider veins? 39

Can spider veins or varicose veins cause bleeding emergencies? 40

Chapter 6 Finding the Right Doctor: When and How to Seek Professional Help 41

Better now than later 42

Quality of life is a health issue 42

What type of physician is best? 44

Finding the right doctor for you 45

Some words of caution 45

Venous professional organizations 46

Chapter 7 Getting To Know You: What to Expect of Your Initial Consultation 47

Your initial consultation 47

How ultrasound works 48

Experience and training matter 49

Questions to ask during the initial consultation 50

II Spider Veins: Diagnoses, Causes, and Treatments

Chapter 8 Up Comes the Spider: How Those Spider Veins Got on Your Legs 53

What causes spider veins? 55

Feeding green veins are enemy #1! 55

Spiders on your legs 57

Getting rid of incompetent veins 58

Chapter 9 The Medical Revolution: Spider Vein Treatments, Past and Present 59

The new "gold standard" 60

The new medications 60

The advantages of newer sclerotherapy agents 61

Alternatives to Sotradecol 62

Limitations on treatment 62

Laser technology 63

Intense pulse light (IPL) therapy 64

Thermocoagulation 64

A word of warning 66

Chapter 10 Sclerotherapy Isn't Scary: Spider Vein Treatment Protocol 67

Relaxing at the office 68

Better and better 68

Big ones go first 70

Mopping up 71

Avoiding pigmentation problems 73

Chapter 11 Saying Goodbye to Spider Veins: What to Expect after Sclerotherapy 75

The best is yet to come 75

Heaven can wait 76

Ensuring that you're insured 77

Improbable possibilities 79

III Varicose Veins: Diagnoses, Causes, and Treatments

Chapter 12 The Comings and Goings of Varicose Veins: How You Got Those Varicose Veins and What You Can Do about Them 85

Good riddance 86

Getting to the root of the problem 87

How varicose veins develop 88

The force of gravity 90

Chapter 13 Shedding Light on the Problem: State-of-the-Art Advances in the Treatment of Varicose Veins 93

Advantages of the new techniques 94

The two major treatment technologies 95

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation 97

Endovenous laser ablation techniques 98

RFA vs. EVLT 100

Possible new EVLT technology 101

Clarivein 101

Chapter 14 What's Up, Doc? Varicose Vein Treatment Protocol 103

Going after the big, bad GSV 103

The "magical" medicine 106

Putting the heat on 107

Back to the future 107

Mopping up action 108

Chapter 15 Finishing in Style: Supplementary Procedures for Treating Varicose Veins 109

Going the extra mile 109

Can both be right? 110

My personal bias 111

Ambulatory microphlebectomy 112

Foam sclerotherapy 113

Perforator vein ablation techniques 113

Popular treatments for perforator veins 114

TIRS technique for healing venous ulcers 114

IV Conclusion

Chapter 16 Looking Forward: What to Expect after Your Treatments 119

Spider vein follow-up 119

Varicose vein follow-up 120

Great expectations 121

Saying goodbye 121

Appendix A What I Haven't Told You: Additional Information about Vein Disease for the Exceptionally Interested 123

Appendix B Venous Professional Organizations 133

Appendix C Suppliers of Compression Hosiery and Devices 137

Appendix D Suppliers of Vein Treatment Devices 139

Index 141

About the author 147

How to order copies of this book 148

How to order promotional copies of this book 149

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