Here at Vena, we want you to have as much information and be as educated as possible about varicose vein disease. You then will be able to make an informed decision concerning what you would like to do next and whether Vena is the proper place for you to be treated.
It is also important that the information that you have is from a variety of sources, so that you can compare the information that we have presented to you in our website with that offered from other quality sources.
I have evaluated numerous other websites that discuss the diagnosis, treatment and other important issues associated with varicose vein disease. The links to the better of these sites are listed below. I hope that after you have thoroughly reviewed our website and have browsed some of these others; you will have a better overall understanding of this disease that you are seeking treatment for.
Vascular Web is here to teach you about chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Learn all about CVI, the effects it has on your body, and its causes and symptoms. Find out why this condition can affect anyone and everyone; no one is immune to it. Get information about the tests doctors normally run while learning about the varying treatment methods and procedures. This site provides a full description of the different treatments for CVI, including compression stockings, sclerotherapy, ablation, vein stripping, bypass, valve repair, and angioplasty and stenting.
The University of Chicago outlines and defines chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), how to diagnosis it, treatment methods, symptoms, and causes. A handy graphic lets you explore the veins in the lower extremities of the human anatomy, discovering which major veins run through them. Find out what causes and symptoms affect these veins and how this can impact your health. You’ll learn what a duplex ultrasound and venogram is and what they have to do with CVI.
UpToDate has the latest facts and information to keep you up to speed on how to manage Chronic Venous Disease (CVD). This brief overview talks about CVD, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, management methods and vein ablation treatments. It covers management tips ranging from leg elevation, exercises, compression therapy, compression stockings, intermittent pneumatic compression pumps, to compression bandages, dressings, medications, and treatment of contact dermatitis. It also covers ablation treatments like sclerotherapy, radiofrequency or laser ablation, and vein ligation or stripping.
MedicineNet.com encompasses every possible topic you can think of when it comes to varicose and spider veins. This informational guide includes data about what they are and how they function to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention methods. With every question bulleted as its own main point, it is quick and easy to access the information you desire. If these facts and figures are not enough for you, this site also includes pictures of a sclerotherapy treatment, spider veins and varicose veins.
The Society of Interventional Radiology discusses topics including varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Learn about risk factors, symptoms, assessments, diagnosis and minimally invasive ablation treatments. The in depth discussion of the benefits of vein ablation treatment includes a diagram showing the vein ablation process. The site’s before and after pictures let you see the difference for yourself. The Society of Interventional Radiology provides a list of other treatments which can be used along with vein ablation treatment or by themselves.
Dr. Hossam Makar gives a short introduction on varicose veins, causes, assessments, and treatment methods. He outlines several different treatment options and gives statistics about varicose veins. Learn about a variety of treatment options from more conservative practices and injection sclerotherapy to ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, surgery, and endo venous laser treatment. A slide show of before and after pictures show the effects treatments have on patients’ legs.
Right Diagnosis from Healthgrades™ gives you the facts and figures about varicose veins you need. These statistics cover the prevalence, society and hospitalization rates of varicose veins. Right Diagnosis handles all the basics like the definition, causes and symptoms, diagnostic testing, complications and misdiagnosis of varicose veins. Including information from studies conducted in the US, England and Australia, Right Diagnosis provides you with a very wide data set.
The PubMed Health site provides facts and diagrams about varicose vein disease. These illustrations portray the veins and arteries in the human anatomy and the difference between a normal vein and a varicose vein valve. Diagrams on PubMed Health include the right and left carotid artery, right and left jugular vein, right and left brachial artery, inferior and superior vena cava, right common iliac artery, right external iliac vein, right and left femoral artery, left common iliac vein, abdominal aorta artery and the arch of the aorta. A second illustration shows how the varicose vein valve functions as compared to a normal vein.
Duke Medicine’s information is based off the findings and performance of The Duke Vein Clinic. This clinic is leading the way in comprehensive care with technological advancements for varicose veins and other venous disease. Duke specializes in cosmetic and complex conditions like skin ulcers, challenging leg pain, spider veins and phlebitis. They use ultrasound screening to help diagnose these problems. Treatment options range from conservative methods like changing your lifestyle to more complex treatments including sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation.
Medical News Today informs visitors about the many signs and symptoms associated with varicose veins. Learn what causes varicose veins to appear. Risk factors for this medical condition are discussed and the Doppler test and color duplex ultrasound used to diagnosis varicose veins are explained. Study the varying treatment options including from compression stocking (pictures included) and surgery. Learn about the other forms of treatment which include ligation and stripping, sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser treatment, and transilluminated powered phlebectomy. There’s even information about the complications which sometimes accompany these treatment methods.
Better Medicine from Healthgrades™ includes basic, general information about varicose veins. The site defines varicose veins, their symptoms, causes and treatment options. Each topic has an expanded version for a slightly more in-depth explanation. Providing a brief, quick overview of vein disease, Better Medicine is a great resource for learning the basics.
Vein Doctor is maintained by Ken Biegeleisen, M.D., a varicose vein specialist in New York. His site includes easy to read and understand explanation of varicose veins. He explains what they are, why they form and how and why to treat them. He also explains saphenous vein injection treatment for heart disease and why patients may or may not want to save their varicose veins for re-use.
The American Heart Association teaches visitors about venous pathophysiology. Learn the difference between a functional and dysfunctional venous anatomy. The American Heart Association uses only the latest techniques and most technology advanced methods when it comes to treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). The site explains how different tests, like a physical examination, noninvasive and invasive methods, are used to diagnosis your CVI. Noninvasive testing is done with the venous Duplex Imaging method, which is used to diagnosis Deep Vein Thrombosis. Other forms of noninvasive testing include photoplethysmography, air plethysmography, strain gauge plethysmography and foot volumetry. Invasive testing methods like phlebography or venography and ambulatory venous pressure are also discussed.
This video by the Reformed Multiple Sclerosis Society shows an ultrasound unit being used to diagnose vein trouble in two patients. After the diagnosis, one patient is treated and then discusses the immediate benefits of her vein treatment.
Massachusetts General Hospital maintains comprehensive information on Chronic Venous Insufficiency disease, treatments and procedures. They explain how doctors diagnosis and determine whether or not you have chronic venous insufficiency. There’s a helpful list of symptoms doctors should be looking for when choosing the right treatment option for you. Explore your options by reading about the Venous Disease Program. Lifestyle alterations and endovenous, minimally invasive and endovascular surgical interventions can be used to treat deep vein thrombosis. Their treatment options include measures to improve blood flow in the leg veins, medications, sclerotherapy, surgery, ligation, surgical repair, vein transplant and subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery.