How do you choose whether to use injection or lasers for varicose veins?

Posted on: August 22, 2013

The decision on how to treat spider veins and varicose veins depends on the size (diameter) of the vein, as well as the personal preference, skill set, and office equipment of the treating physician. For the treatment of spider veins, I prefer to use injections with the FDA approved medicine called polidocanol. This process is […]

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Should I be worried about a blood clot in my vein?

Posted on: August 15, 2013

A vein that has a tender bump is most likely a “superficial thrombophlebitis”, which in English means a blood clot and inflammation in a vein under the skin. This is usually a harmless condition, but the pain can be quite intense for a few weeks. In addition to pain, tenderness, swelling, and a firm lump […]

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Congratulations to Erika Williams and Shaunda Bray!

Posted on: July 31, 2013

Today we would like to take the time to recognize two members of our team on completing their first year of service here at VEINatlanta this month: Erika Williams and Shaunda Bray. They were both presented with a plaque by Dr. Prevosti and our Practice Manager, Terria Brown at our Employee Apprecation event in June. Both […]

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Can I treat my varicose veins during pregnancy?

Posted on: July 26, 2013

There are two main reasons why spider veins and varicose veins are not treated during pregnancy in the United States. First, female hormones (progesterone) that cause veins to dilate are elevated during pregnancy and cause abnormal veins to increase during pregnancy. Some of these veins will recede after delivery, when hormones go back to normal […]

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What can help spider veins?

Posted on: July 19, 2013

There are two methods of spider vein treatment.  If you have a lot of spider veins, or have any bothersome leg symptoms, it would be wise if you had an ultrasound examination first.  This checks to see if you have venous insufficiency, which can cause spider veins.  If you do have significant venous insufficiency, then […]

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Congratulations to Stephanie Cain and Susan Reid!

Posted on: July 12, 2013

Today we would like to take the time to recognize two members of our team on completing their first year of service here at VEINatlanta: Stephanie Cain and Susan Reid. They both celebrated their one year anniversaries at our Employee Appreciation event last month. Each of them were presented with a plaque by Dr. Prevosti and […]

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Why do varicose veins seem to affect the legs so much?

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Varicose veins affect the legs so much because of the hydrostatic pressure caused by Gravity. Blame your veins on Isaac Newton! Because your legs are below the level of your heart, blood has to travel “up hill” to get from your legs to your heart. The veins have a series of one way valves to […]

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What is the saphenous vein?

Posted on: June 28, 2013

A saphenous vein is a vein in the leg that drains blood out of the leg and back to the heart. Each leg has a great saphenous vein, which travels along the front of the leg, and a small saphenous vein (also called the lesser saphenous vein), which travels along the back of the calf. […]

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What are the risks of untreated varicose veins?

Posted on: June 21, 2013

The risks of untreated varicose veins are the possibility of developing a painful blood clot (superficial thrombophlebitis), a dangerous blood clot (deep vein thrombosis – DVT), discoloration of the skin, leg swelling, and gradual enlargement of the varicose vein.  They will get worse over time.

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Do cold hands and feet mean a serious venous problem?

Posted on: June 5, 2013

Cold hands and feet are NOT related to vein problems.  This condition is related to an abnormal response of the small arteries in the hands, feet, fingers, and toes to cool temperature.  These small arteries normally spasm down in cold weather to retain body heat.  As a consequence, the hands and feet get cold.  In […]

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