NEW USES FOR SCLEROTHERAPY

Many people think of spider veins when they hear the word sclerotherapy. “Oh, I’ve had that before,” is a comment that we hear a lot.   But sclerotherapy is not like it used to be. Sclerotherapy with Varithena (polidocanol) has been approved for treatment of varicose veins !  This new FDA approved product now makes sclerotherapy effective in treating varicose veins. Studies have proven its safety and effectiveness and it is easier to use in more tortuous, twisty veins . It also allows the treatment of tributary veins at the time of treatment.

Because Vein & Skin is committed to offering the most up to date treatments of varicose and spider veins, education is a continuous pursuit , whether through online courses, medical journals,   CME courses or professional meetings.   Phelebology, The Journal of Venous Disease (Royal Society of Medicine Journals) is my idea of fun reading!   No best- selling novels for me; the truth is stranger than fiction!

 

Another example of education is my recent trip to Boston to attend The XVII World Meeting of the International Union of Phlebology. This was the most comprehensive scientific program ever to be   dedicated to venous disease. More than 300 internationally recognized faculty and delegates from more than 25 international phlebological societies participated in this historic event, providing an international perspective unmatched by any other venous meeting to date.

 

One thing the international community has shown us is the effectiveness of using sclerotherapy to treat not just spider veins, but varicose veins.    We heard from international experts about how sclerotherapy has been used effectively; in fact, it has been a preferred treatment in Europe for years.

 

Not to be outdone, here in the states we now have a new product, Varithena, that is being used to perform sclerotherapy on varicose veins.  It is recently FDA approved and has been shown to be clinically effective in treating symptoms of pain, heaviness, swelling, fatigue, throbbing and itching.

Relief for the needle phobic patient! Because Varethena therapy is often less painful to patients, the need for numbing of the area to be treated is eliminated.    With other treatments, the patient’s leg is injected with an anesthetic before treatment .   This injection is about like going to the dentist and having novacaine to numb things up. But with Varethena, even that numbing injection is avoided. This is important for patients who are allergic to the anesthetic or who may be needle phobic.

We continue to offer the most up to date treatment of varicose and spider veins, now offering Varithena, thermal ablation (Closure) with both laser and radiofrequency, and sclerotherapy for varicose and spider veins and phlebectomy treatment.

 

Dr David Fern is the founder of Vein & Skin Laser Center, with two offices, one in North Atlanta and one in Decatur, serving and convenient to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Vinings, Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, Duluth, Norcross, Johns Creek, Tucker, Lilburn, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Snellville, and Conyers.


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | April 27, 2015


Happy, Healthy Patients and Doctor Satisfaction

It has been gratifying to see patient satisfaction with the new innovations in varicose vein treatment.  Most all patients see symptom reduction and cosmetic improvement within a very short period of time.

One of my first patients reported that after her treatment, it was the first night of good sleep she was able to have.   For years, she had suffered from restless leg syndrome in addition to leg pain from her varicose veins.  Now she experienced relief.

One of my most memorable patients was a man with severe varicose veins that kept him from standing on his feet for more than a 10 minute period.  He owned a farm with a large property.  Needless to say, not being able to be on his feet for more than 10 minutes severely impacted his ability to work his farm.    After the thermal ablation treatment, he was able to work all day!   To say that this  changed his life is an understatement for sure.

Another patient had one leg treated, with plans to treat her other leg later.  She remarked that she could feel such a difference in how her leg felt after treatment.  The treated leg felt so much better than the untreated one – less fatigue and heaviness at the end of the day.  She knew for sure the effectiveness of the treatment as she compared the treated leg with the untreated one. This was a real motivation for her to complete her treatment on her other leg so that she could have both legs feeling equally well.

Surprisingly, some patients don’t realize they have symptoms!   Because they have experienced the aching, heaviness and leg fatigue for so long, they have gotten used to this and accept it as “normal.”   They may think everyone’s legs feel this way—perhaps it’s just to be expected to experience leg fatigue with certain activities.  Or they think it’s a normal part of aging.  They have resigned themselves to accept the symptoms as part of life.  After treatment, they are pleasantly surprised at how well they feel.

There is usually a similar response with most all of the patients that we treat.  Everyone’s story is a little different, which makes life interesting.  But each person feels a lot of happiness and relief.  We get a lot of feedback on how much better they feel and a lot of thanks for our help in making the process easy.   This makes by work so very satisfying.

Dr. David Fern is the founder of Vein & Skin Laser Center, with two offices, one in North Atlanta and one in Decatur, serving and convenient to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Vinings, Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, Duluth, Norcross, Johns Creek, Tucker, Lilburn, Stone Mountain, Snellville, and Conyers.


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | April 16, 2015