Monthly Archives: July 2015

DVT… Could you be at risk?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower limbs, leading to either partially or completely blocked circulation. DVT is a common but serious condition, which occurs in around two million Americans each year.

DVT is a sneaky condition as only about half of the people with DVT experience symptoms. Symptoms may be subtle and difficult to detect, but if ignored can result in health complications such as pulmonary embolism, the obstruction of the pulmonary artery leading to the lungs, and even death if not diagnosed and treated effectively.

Although symptoms are limited, they may include pain, tenderness, swelling discoloration of the effected area or skin that is warm to the touch. The leading causes of DVT are injury, immobility, surgery or illness, including vein disease and clotting disorders. Most victims of DVT are 60-years-old or older; however, it can strike anyone.

To minimize pain and discomfort from DVT you can elevate your legs, wear compression stockings, avoid long periods of immobility and apply heat to reduce swelling. Treatment for DVT includes medications prescribed by your doctor and in more severe cases, surgery to remove blood clots.

If you show signs or symptoms of DVT talk to one of the doctors at Reno Vein Clinic.

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5 Exercises to Improve your circulation in 10 minutes

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In only 10 minutes you can improve blood circulation in your legs by doing these five exercises. Consider doing them several times a day, making sure to rest in between.

10-Minute Walk:

Walk briskly for 10 minutes, making sure to take long strides to stretch and extend the leg muscles. If you sit most of the day at work, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking a few laps around the halls.

Leg Lifts:

Lie flat on your back and raise both of your legs straight up. Hold them in place for two minutes; and then slowly lower them back to the floor. Rest for a few seconds and then repeat the leg lifts for two more minutes. Continue until you have completed five two-minute sets.

Circular Leg Exercises:

Sit on the edge of a table or bench that is high enough for your legs to dangle but not touch the floor. Make circular motions with both legs going in the same direction for two minutes. Rest a few seconds and then reverse direction for two more minutes. Continue until you have done five two-minute circular leg exercises, and then lie flat on your back once more to rest.

Toe and Ankle Flexes:

While sitting, bend and flex your foot and ankles with your toes stretched out and pointed upwards to work leg muscles and improve blood circulation. Do several repetitions of this for 10 minutes. This exercise is especially effective when done throughout the day while sitting in an office chair, on a couch or on the side of a bed.

Poolside Leg Exercise:

Sit on the side of a pool with only your legs in the water. Briskly, move your legs back and forth and up and down in the water for two minutes at a time with a few seconds rest in between. Do five two-minute sets and then remove your legs from the water. Stand and walk around a bit. Repeat the exercise as desired.

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What to ask your Doctor Before Treatment

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There are often times many things we do without reading the fine print. We are all guilty of signing documents without pouring over every word, but, it is important to ask your doctor before any procedure as many questions as you can. There are no “dumb” questions. By asking questions, you are educating yourself on the procedure and what to expect, as well as getting realistic expectations. Talking with your doctor can also make you feel more comfortable and take the fear of the unknown out before you actually have any procedure. There are some important questions everyone should ask before a procedure though. Questions that can vet out bad doctors from good ones, as well as important safety questions.

Some questions you should ask:

Where did you go to school?

How long have you been practicing?

Where did you get you ____ certification/s?

How many of ____ procedures have you performed?

Am I a good candidate for this procedure, and why?

How long will the ____ procedure take?

How long is my recovery period going to be?

Is there anything important I should know to avoid or do?

What if there are complications?

And, do you have before and after photos I can use as a reference to see your work?

Asking these questions will not only help you, but they will show your doctor that you have done your research and you are exploring all of your options before you commit to anything. This is important, because you have to remember, you are hiring the doctor to perform a service for you, you should be aware of everything that entails, as well as have a realistic expectation for the results you wish to achieve. Never feel intimidated by your doctor, they are there to help you and want you to feel as comfortable as possible about anything you choose to have done. Remember, ask lots of questions, do your research on doctors, and have realistic expectations. Procedures don’t have to be avoided because of fear!

 

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Follow Up Care for RadioFrequency Closure

The day of surgery:
At the Reno Vein Clinic, minimal sedation is used, so the patient is usually sent home within an hour after the surgery . Most patients are up and moving about normally within a few hours of the surgery; however the patient is asked not to do any excessive exercise for a couple of days.

Follow-up appointments:
The next day the patient comes in for the post-op check. Bandages are removed and exchanged for compression hose. The physician will do an ultrasound to ensure the veins have closed correctly, and will answer any questions the patient may have. The Doctor will see the patient again at 3, 6 and sometimes 12 months intervals.

Compression hose:
The patient is asked to wear 140 compression hose during daytime activities for 2 weeks after the surgery. This helps promote both healing and post surgery comfort.

Bruising:
The procedure Reno Vein Clinic uses has been proven to be much less painful and cause significantly less bruising than other procedures. However each patient is different and may react differently. Wearing compression hose will significantly reduce the occurrence and extent of bruising.

Results:
The patient will often see instant results after the surgery. Lumpy, ropey veins will be gone and after a period of time the smaller spider veins may diminish as well. Frequently, however, sclerotherapy is recommended

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