Men Get Varicose Veins Too

It may be surprising to know that men get varicose veins too. But it’s different for them.

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How men and their varicose veins differ from women:

Life gets so much better, if a man will go ahead and get his veins taken care of. One such example was a patient who came in, thinking he could no longer work or be on his feet because of his age. In other words, he thought he was just over the hill! His life had been drastically changed because his legs were such a problem.   His life’s dream was to purchase some land and retire. And he did! But he couldn’t live his dream because of his legs.   He was trying to work on his farm, but could only work for 10 minutes at a time because of his severe symptoms of leg heaviness and fatigue. With a simple office procedure, he was able to return to full day activity without problems. In a way, he got his life back, able to enjoy the satisfaction of a full day’s work, well done.   Most all of the patients we treat see this kind of dramatic improvement in their quality of life.

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Leg pain, heaviness and aching are not normal but many men tend to tend to tolerate the situation, trying to be more stoical or macho. This mindset leads to delayed treatment, which can result in more complications related to the disease.   Some of the complications are swelling and chronic skin conditions like skin thickening and discoloration and even skin ulcerations. These conditions can be difficult to treat after years of developing. Getting the source of the problem (the varicose vein) treated earlier, rather than later when the chronic disease has set in to the leg, foot and skin, is the best course of action.

In summary, usually people think that varicose veins are mainly a condition affecting women, but varicose vein disease is more of an issue with men than previously thought. To be sure, varicose vein disease does occur more frequently in females, in large part because of childbearing . In the past it was thought that varicose vein disease was 4 times greater in women than in men. But now we know that the ratio is not 4-1, but really 2-1.   Yes, females have twice as much incidence as males, but not four times as much.   So unfortunately, men don’t get a free pass from this disease.


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


EDUCATION IS POWER FOR THE PATIENT

 

The duplex ultrasound technology has dramatically advanced the diagnostic evaluation, making vein innovations in the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency very beneficial to all patients. In addition to evaluations, the ultrasound can be used for patient education.

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It is interesting to see the patient’s response to the ultrasound. Because we use the new innovative treatments every day, as physician we tend to take for granted that patients understand this technology and its various technical terms. But in reality, it can be “all Greek to them,” so it is extremely beneficial to actually show the ultrasound to the patient on their own leg. Most of the time, there is a look of wonder when they realize that they are actually seeing the blood flow in their own veins and can see where the problem is. Watching the blood flow in the wrong direction (down towards their feet rather than back up towards the heart) helps them to realize how their vein is not working properly.

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So, our routine of showing our patients the ultrasound as it is being performed is a very important part of a vein evaluation because we feel than an informed patient is a confident patient. This process allows patients to understand the actual problem and have a meaningful dialog about the patient’s preferences and expectations. We think that the trust that this builds in the doctor-patient relationship is invaluable.

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The end result of this whole educational process is that the patient is helped to make a more informed decision in the treatment of their varicose veins.   This is one part of the health care reform act that we totally agree with: Shared decision-making that is now being mandated by the health care reform act has been demonstrated to reduce unwarranted care.

More information is always better, and this is our commitment. Seeing your ultrasound scan while it is being performed, not getting a later report. Being a part of the process and discussing information and making decisions with the ultrasound tech and the doctor who will be the same ones there to do your procedure.

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Being able to go over options with our front office before your procedure to help you with scheduling and insurance concerns.   Being given counsel to help with your deductible and zero interest financing options. Getting the best care from professionals with high credentials and ethical standards. This is Vein and Skin.


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | September 10, 2015


DOCTOR’S WIFE FLEES

Last weekend was the good doctor’s turn to take call for eight surgeons as well as ER call. So what does the good doctor’s wife do, in such a situation….? Get outta’ Dodge!

We’ve tried every idea we could come up with….and for the health of our marriage, a girl’s trip is the best idea. And what a great excuse to visit my two grandsons in Austin, Texas!! This time the two suitcases Southwest Airlines allowed me were HEAVY! I think I had too much time to anticipate the trip. One trip too many to the Target toy department and too much time on Pinterest  thinking of fun things to do with my grandsons, which required supplies like shave cream and baking soda (heavy!). I had watched again recently the movie Saving Mr Banks and maybe I was inspired by the aunt who came with the big valise full of everything wonderful.

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So while my husband was working hard, saving lives, I had a marvelous time. I got to babysit and try out some of my Pinterest suggestions! And got to enjoy hugging and wrapping my grandsons in my latest towel creations!

My second grandson celebrated his 3rd birthday while I was there!  Blowing out the candles…IMG_0775

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   Now a 3 year old birthday party includes the parents of all his friends…so it’s a for sure party, requiring grownup food and beverage as well as birthday cake. I’m so honored that my daughter loves for me to come and help her cook for these occasions and get to meet all her cool friends in Austin.  Give a little shout out to Austin, Texas!

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And what’s a party without presents and big brother to help you open them!!

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All this discussion leads to the recipe this month! This is an old recipe I got years ago at a neighborhood get-together which I have doctored up a little bit!

SAUSAGE BREAKFAST/BRUNCH CASSEROLE

Brown 1 pound of hot or mild sausage in skillet. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Brown one red pepper sliced and one onion chopped in remaining grease in pan. Set aside Cut the crusts off 12 slices of white bread and butter on both sides. Put 6 slices in a 9×13 baking dish. Top with the sausage and peppers and onion and at least two cups of grated Monterey jack or Mexican blend cheese. Top with remaining 6 slices of buttered white bread. Beat together, 3 cups of milk, 4 eggs, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp dry mustard. Pour over bread and sausage in pan. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 for 45 min to one hour, till browned and puffed up. Enjoy! Be prepared to take some compliments!


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | September 9, 2015