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What is a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

A thoracic aortic aneurysm, say that five times fast, is a weakened and bulging area in the upper part of the aorta, which is the major vessel that feeds blood to the body from the heart. Depending on the size and growth rate of the aneurysm, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery.

Thoracic aortic aneurysms often grow slowly and without symptoms, making them difficult to detect. Some people may notice pain or tenderness in the abdomen, chest or back. The exact causes of thoracic aortic aneurysms are unknown, but contributing factors include hereditary conditions, connective tissue disease, heart valve failures and problems, and traumatic injury.

While there is not a medicine you can take to prevent these aneurysms, there are risk factors you can be aware of. Risk factors include age, tobacco use, high blood pressure, plaque build up in the arteries and genetic predisposition. Males are also more likely to develop a thoracic aortic aneurysm than women and more Caucasians are diagnosed with these aneurysms than any other race.

Doctors are able to diagnose thoracic aortic aneurysms through chest x-rays, echocardiograms, CT scans and MRA’s. If you think you may have an aortic aneurysm or have experienced any of the symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

For more information about vascular health contact one of the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit www.renoveinclinic.com.

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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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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.

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.

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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Side Effects of Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes superficial veins through small incisions in the skin. During the procedure, the doctor marks the veins that are going to be treated, injects local anesthesia into the skin and surgically removes the bulging veins, segment by segment, through the small incision. Following the procedure, the patient wears compression stocking for about a week.

Potential side effects of Ambulatory Phlebectomy can include temporary bruising and swelling of the treated areas. You will be able to walk immediately after the surgery, but exercise and heavy lifting will be limited for a few days. Usually the small incisions will heal without sutures and after six to 12 months, vanish. Although every attempt is made to remove the entire varicose vein, there may be small segments of the vein that remain in the skin. Over-the-counter medication, compression stockings and time usually resolve this condition. If it persists, a follow up procedure can be performed.

For more information on conditions and treatments, please visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100 or toll free (877) 842-7285.

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3 Quick Tips: Compression Stockings

At times, wearing compression hosiery can be difficult or uncomfortable, but wearing them in extremely important to maintain circulation and vascular health. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when compression stockings are a must:


  • If you want to wear sandals, look for an open toed or footless stocking in a color that most closely resembles your skin tone, this will allow you to blend in and still wear the open-toed shoes you love!
  • If you enjoy exercising outdoors, consider using athletic compression socks. Professional athletes often use compression leggings because they offer exceptional support, reduce muscle fatigue and are made from a sweat-wicking material that helps you stay cool.
  • If putting your stockings on is difficult, consider using donning gloves and baby powder, which can help you slide on your compression stockings more easily.


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What Are Vaginal and Vulval Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are bulging veins seen through the surface of the skin. However, sometimes the varicose veins can develop in other areas of the body including the vagina and vulva.

Vaginal varicose veins look like bulges in the wall of the vagina or vagina itself. Vulval varicose veins are bulging veins that bulge through the skin of the vulva, the “lips” of skin at the entrance of the vagina.

Doctors believe that vaginal and vulval varicose veins are more likely to develop in women who have been pregnant and experienced a vaginal delivery. Women who have varicose veins of the legs often also suffer from vaginal or vulval varicose veins.

These types of varicose veins are not usually considered serious, but they can present symptoms that are uncomfortable. They can cause itching, pigmentation changes, and cosmetic differences that some women find unpleasant and/or unsightly.

Visit www.RenoVeinClinic.com or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and the treatment options available.

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Spider Vein Treatments


Spider veins can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Fortunately, there are many treatment options that can improve appearances. Spider vein treatments are designed to alleviate symptoms, prevent complications or improve the appearance of spider veins. There are four popular treatment options available today. Compression socks are a good option for individuals that want to reduce leg pain, although they can’t improve appearance. Laser treatments, surgery and sclerotherapy all improve symptoms and appearance. Usually, sclerotherapy is the best option because it has the lowest risk and the least amount of pain.


Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are the most affordable spider vein treatment available. These stockings put pressure on the veins in the legs and can alleviate pain and discomfort. There are three types of stockings available. Support pantyhose offer little pressure and cannot apply pressure to a specific area.


Laser Treatments

A family physician may use surface laser treatments to treat spider veins. This procedure uses strong bursts of light that are sent throughout the skin. This causes veins to slowly fade, although the process can be very painful even though no needles or incisions are made. Laser treatments do not work for everyone because the laser only works with certain skin types and shades. It’s possible for a single spider vein to require up to five separate treatments and veins larger than 3mm cannot be treated with a laser. Potential side effects include swollen skin and discoloration that can last for months.



Surgery is the most invasive spider vein treatment available and is reserved for large veins. This procedure involves tying veins shut or removing them completely with small incisions. Although it doesn’t affect circulation, surgery can be hard to recover from and involves many risks. The recovery takes up to a month and pain can last for many weeks. Permanent scars, infection and nerve tissue damage are possible risks of the surgery.


Sclerotherapy as a Spider Vein Treatment

By far the most common spider vein treatment is a procedure called sclerotherapy. This treatment usually takes place in the office of a family physician. The doctor will inject a very small amount of liquid chemical into the spider vein, which causes it to swell and then stick together and seal. This stops the flow of blood through the vein and it turns to scar tissue. Within weeks the appearance usually fades completely. No anesthesia is required, although two or three treatments may be necessary for stubborn veins. Compression socks are usually worn afterwards to reduce swelling.


If you are interested in researching treatment options, please call us today and set up a consultation! (775) 329-3100.

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