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What To Look For When Choosing a Vein Specialist


Varicose veins:  They can be panful, ugly and lead to even more troublesome ailments such as cramping, restless legs, ulcers and blood clots.

Varicose veins occur when tiny valves regulating the flow of blood in leg veins are either damaged or missing. This causes the blood to slow and pool, and veins become enlarged. For most, varicose veins will not go away on their own, and medical treatments often provide relief.

However, it is imperative to choose a vein specialist who has the experience and is well versed in the latest technology to treat veins. Since lasers have been introduced as a vein treatment, other medical professionals have been offering vein treatment services. It is important to note that you may not get the comprehensive results you want from someone who isn’t board certified in treatment.

Both Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic are both board certified the American Board of Phlebology, and are Vascular Surgeons who are dedicated solely to the treatment and correction of vein disorders.

Vein specialists, like Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake at the Reno Vein Clinic can identify and treat varicose veins and other conditions, such as spider veins. They can also discuss a variety of treatment options and assess your risk for more dangerous and painful vein problems, such as blood clots or ulcers.

In addition to laser therapy, a vein specialist may recommend treatments and procedures such as an ultrasounds and sclerotherapy. Medical technology and understanding of vein disorders continues to progress. A board certified vein specialist is most likely to be up to date on the latest options.

Women are at greatest risk for developing varicose veins, but men get them, as well. Heredity, age and pregnancy also contribute to the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins may go away after pregnancy but, in other cases, they probably will not get better on their own.

To find a qualified vein specialist near you, these websites are a good place to start:

In addition to looking online for a qualified vein specialist, you can interview local specialists, ask a doctor for references, ask friends who have been treated for varicose veins or get a recommendation from your primary physician.


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Men and Veins

Women are more prone to varicose and spider veins because of hormonal changes including pregnancy. However, many of the 80 million Americans who suffer from vein issues are men. Symptoms usually include leg pain, itching, leg fatigue, swelling and heaviness. Many men who have varicose veins most commonly complain of itching and cramping in their legs.

Some of the major factors leading to varicose veins in men are heredity, age, occupations that require standing for long periods of time and trauma to legs. As men age, their risk for varicose veins increase because there is a loss of tissue tone, muscle mass and weakening of the venous walls.

Men can also develop spider veins. Once spider veins develop, there is no way for the body to cure them. Men who have spider veins often do not consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are covered by hair growth on their legs. However, if a man is experiencing symptoms or wants to have spider veins treated, sclerotherapy is an effective treatment.

It is important that both men and women are aware of the risks associated with varicose veins and spider veins, so they can take steps to prevent them from developing and seek treatment if necessary.

To learn more, please visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100 or toll free (877) 842-7285.

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Dangers of Summer Travel and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Summer is quickly approaching and for many it means travel. While you’re finalizing your travel plans here’s one more thing to keep in mind- being in a car or plane for an extended amount of time increases your chances of developing blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Because you are immobile, gravity works to pool blood into the lower part of your legs. Additionally, in a plane the pressurization of the cabin increases the tendency for pooling because blood becomes more sluggish. This can cause dangerous blood clots to form.

Even if you don’t experience Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots while traveling, you could experience long-term effects later on. Sitting still for many hours can cause permanent damage to veins. Eventually you could start to suffer from chronic swelling, heaviness and fatigue in the veins. Varicose veins can also occur as a result.

To protect your veins during long travel, doctors suggest you get up and walk around every couple of hours. If you aren’t able to get out of your seat, activate the calf muscles by doing heel raises. Compression stockings also enhance the flow of blood in the calf muscle and increase the flow up the leg. If you are going to be flying for a very long trip, start taking baby aspirin about four days before you leave and continue taking it throughout the trip until you return home. Baby aspirin has a mild blood thinning effect that will help combat the blood pooling tendency when seated for a long trip.
As long as you are aware of the risk factors associated with long trips and take the appropriate precautions to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots, you will be able to enjoy your vacation safely and ensure your veins remain strong and healthy.

If you are concerned you may be at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots, contact the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic and schedule a free consultation at (775) 329-3100.

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Treating Spider Veins

The two options for spider vein treatment are sclerotherapy and laser.

Slerotherapy involves injecting a liquid agent through a tiny needle directly into your spider veins, causing them to contract and collapse. This procedure is best suited for medium to large spider veins because the needle is fitted into the vein. This procedure is performed in the office and is relatively painless. The patient wears compression hose following the procedure. Normal activities can be resumed immediately. Treatments are performed six weeks apart and it usually takes two to four treatments for sclerotherapy to be effective. Sclerotherapy is considered cosmetic and can treat spider veins on hands, face, legs and chest.

During a laser treatment, the Gemini laser is applied to the skin over the spider vein. The energy from the laser causes the spider veins to coagulate and shrink. Laser therapy is most effective for small and medium spider veins. You will likely experience mild discomfort similar to having a small rubber band snapped against your skin. Over two to six weeks, the spider veins will start to fade and you will see improved appearance after each treatment. The laser treatment usually requires three to five treatments done six to eight weeks apart.

Contact Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 to schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your spider veins. You can also visit http://www.RenoVeinClinic.com to learn more.

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Do Varicose Veins Cause Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Varicose veins may not cause any problems, or they may cause aching pain, throbbing and discomfort. In some cases, varicose veins can lead to more serious health problems including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

  • Sores and skin ulcers can develop due to chronic backing up of blood. These sores can be painful and take a long time to heal until the backward blood flow problem in the vein is repaired.
  • Bleeding can occur because the skin over the veins becomes thin and easily injured. If an injury does occur, there can be significant blood loss.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot that forms in a vein just below the skin. It can cause skin redness, a firm, tender, warm vein, pain and swelling.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot in a deeper vein. It can cause a “pulling” feeling in the calf, pain, warmth, redness and swelling. However, DVT doesn’t always cause symptoms. If the blood clot travels to the lungs, it can be fatal.

Talk to your doctor about varicose veins if the vein becomes swollen, red or tender or if you develop sores, a rash or bleeding on the leg or ankle. Please visit www.RenoVeinClinic.com or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis.


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Radiofrequency Closure Technique

So, how is Radiofrequency Closure performed and what makes it different from other techniques? With Dr. Merchant’s FDA-approved Radiofrequency ablation procedure, patients have a quicker return to normal activities and less pain, bruising and discomfort during recovery compared to the outdated vein stripping and ligation or endovenous laser procedures.

Prior to the procedure, the doctor will use ultrasonography to map all areas that are going to be treated and make entry marks on the skin. The area is prepared, draped and a superficial local anesthetic is applied. Local anesthetic solution is infused into the area around your vein. The ClosureFast catheter is inserted through a small puncture or incision into the vein. When the radiofrequency is activated, the catheter core temperature rises rapidly to about 120ºC and is sustained for about 15 seconds. The radio frequency energy heats the wall of varicose veins, causing them to collapse and seal shut. The patient is back to near normal activities by the next day.

The doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic are the only physicians dedicated solely to the treatment and correction of vein disorders. The facility was the first west of the Mississippi to perform Radiofrequency Closure. The doctors have refined the techniques over the last 10 years so the procedure can be performed on a walk-in, walk-out basis under IV sedation at the on-site State Licensed and AAAHC accredited surgery center. For more information please visit our website http://www.renoveinclinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100.

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