Leg Pain: Not a Normal Part of Aging

This week, we had a great time at another health fair where we offered free vein screenings. At these kinds of events, we see patients with multiple complaints and problems. Many people are experiencing leg pain and just want to see if there’s some problem with their legs. It’s amazing how many patients test positive for venous disease at these events.

So what exactly IS a vein screening?  What to we do?  Most people find it fascinating.   With a special computer that looks like a laptop, we are able to let the patient look at their very own leg veins, and watch the blood flowing through their own leg!  A simple swipe on their leg with the ultrasound hand-piece makes the image appear on the computer screen.   Then we can watch the blood flowing to see if there is a block or a breakdown that causes a problem.   The underlying disorder is diagnosed with this simple ultrasound examination.  We do this right at the health fair, and it takes only minutes to get the  diagnosis.   We bring the doctors office right to the patient.

In addition to being fascinated with the look inside their leg, many patients are  shocked to discover that  there was an underlying problem to their leg pain.  Most of these patients believed leg pain was  just a normal part of getting older.  But I always stress to patients that leg pain is NOT a typical result of aging, and that a venous disease is usually to blame.

There are several common  disorders that can cause leg pain that need to be ruled out as we diagnose venous disease.   Lymphatic disease is one that causes swelling in the legs and feet. Arterial disease may also lead to leg pain that typically increases with exercise and decreases with rest. Neurological pain is also common. It affects certain areas of the legs and is related to back pain. Arthritic pain, which is related to joints and joint movement, is another disorder I commonly see in patients.   We can rule out these other causes from talking to the patient and evaluating their leg pain history.  Venous disease is related to aching pain, heaviness, fatigue, and is often a result of genetics and/or prolonged standing and activity.

The good news is that venous disease can be taken care of quite easily. Patients are happily surprised when I inform them that their venous problem can be cured in a matter of minutes with minimal discomfort and little to no downtime. Even better, it’s covered by insurance! I love seeing patients faces light up when I tell them this piece of good news.

We also do complimentary vein screenings in our office every week!  If you have any concerns about your vein and skin health, dial 404-508-4320 to make an appointment today.  And remember, leg pain is NOT a normal part of aging.

Be well,

Dr. Fern

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | April 22, 2014

Sclerotherapy FAQ

Sclerotherapy may sound like a scary medical term, but in reality, it is a harmless and safe treatment I administer every week to patients experiencing spider veins.

Here are some of the most common questions I hear from apprehensive patients regarding the procedure:


What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that uses an injected solution to target spider veins. Spider veins are small, thin veins, which are red, blue, or purple and commonly appear on the face and legs. These veins can be safely removed because they are inessential to the venous system.

Does Sclerotherapy hurt?

This is probably the most frequently asked question! I always tell patients not to worry too much about the pain. I’ve never had any of my patients complain with sclerotherapy. Even my patients with needle phobias are pleasantly surprised that the procedure is much less painful than they expected! One of my patients has said, “Dr. Fern did my sclerotherapy. As I am petrified of needles, Dr. Fern and his staff answered ALL of my questions and was very patient with me. Overall, I am very happy with my experience and will continue to use Dr. Fern for sclero in the future.” You can see additional reviews on our Dr. Base page.

How many treatments are required?

Most patients require multiple treatments for maximum results, but the benefits are visible after just a single session. The original spider veins will be completely diminished with this procedure.

Is Sclerotherapy safe?

Yes, Sclerotherapy is very safe. Medical complications are extremely rare.

Will there be any downtime?

This procedure requires little downtime. Patients are encouraged to wear support hose and walk frequently to prevent blood clots. Many of my patients have been able to play tennis and exercise just a few short days after the procedure.

What are the results and how soon will they appear?

Patients will see a dramatic difference almost immediately. When the compression bandages are removed, there will be typical bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites, but the bruises will diminish with time. What’s left after that is clearer, healthier, and younger looking skin.

How long does Sclerotherapy last?

Sclerotherapy permanently destroys the veins that have undergone treatment. However, the treatment will have no effect on newly appearing veins that grow over time.


Hopefully this clears up any pressing questions you may have had about Sclerotherapy. I’ve been performing this procedure for years and have seen countless patients walk away, thrilled with the results. It always brings me joy to help patients regain confidence as a result of getting rid of their spider veins.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any other concerns or call my office to make an appointment.
Be well,
Dr. Fern.

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | April 15, 2014