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Compression Stockings… And how they help with problematic veins

At Reno Vein Clinic, we recommend that you wear stockings throughout the day to relieve problematic vein symptoms.

  • For very mild symptoms, you may want to start out using regular support panty hose, knee highs or knee socks. You may find that these help swelling and aching considerably. They are also less expensive than the special compression stockings a doctor prescribes, and they are available at most department stores or online.\
  • For more serious symptoms, you may want to buy special compression stockings from a medical supply store (with a doctor’s prescription), where you can be fitted for them.

Compression Stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots. If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, we may advise you  to use compression stockings.

For more questions about compression stockings and post vein treatment care, call our office for a consultation (775) 329-3100.


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Vein Surgery and Twilight Anesthetic

Radiofrequency Closure is an FDA approved procedure performed at the Reno Vein Clinic with exceptional results. This same day surgery takes less than two hours and is usually performed under “twilight anesthesia” or minimal I.V. sedation and local anesthesia. In twilight anesthesia, the patient is comfortable and does not experience pain. The anesthesia is administered through an IV to make a patient sleepy and calm during a procedure. The patient is typically awake, but groggy during the procedure.

Unlike Radiofrequency Closure, archaic vein stripping requires unnecessary general anesthetic, pain and bruising and extended down time. Schedule an appointment with the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic to discuss your treatment options further. Visit www.RenoVeinClinic.com or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and the treatment options available.

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“Ask the Doctor” with Dr. Merchant


Dr. Merchant was featured on “Ask the Doctor” with Wendy Damonte, airing on Monday, September 30, 2013. Dr. Merchant discussed his new technique, which is an updated version of the procedure Radiofrequency Closure. It has now been patented and is considered the modern alternative to vein stripping for varicose veins. Click below to watch the full interview.


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Will My Health Insurance Cover Vein Procedures?

If you have varicose veins, your health insurance will likely cover the surgery. Varicose veins often cause leg swelling, pain, ulcers or clots; therefore, your medical insurance will cover the cost of treating the veins. If the veins are left untreated, complications can arise. Some of the complications that can occur include superficial thrombophlebitis, bleeding, venous eczema and venous pigmentation. The sooner you get your varicose veins treated, the better. However, if the surgery is done for purely cosmetic reasons, then the cost of the procedure is not covered.

Discuss your symptoms with the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic to find out if your procedure will be covered by your insurance. Visit www.RenoVeinClinic.com or call (775) 329-3100 to schedule your free consultation.

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An Alternative to Vein Stripping

Varicose veins can be extremely painful and embarrassing. They can also lead to other health problems. Traditionally, vein stripping has been used to treat varicose veins, but now there are more effective, less invasive, alternative procedures.

ClosureFast, also known as RadioFrequency Closure, is an alternative procedure to vein stripping. It is a minimally invasive treatment for pain and swelling caused by varicose veins. It is an outpatient procedure and patients can generally be back to daily activities within a day. Through the ClosureFast method, there is less pain and less bruising compared to traditional out-dated vein stripping methods.

The ClosureFast procedure closes veins by heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled RF energy. Heating the vein causes the collagen in the vein wall to shrink and the vein to close. Blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins.

Some of the benefits of ClosureFast as opposed to vein stripping include being minimally invasive, reduction of postoperative recovery time and wound related complications. ClosureFast is also clinically proven to have less post-operative pain and excellent clinical outcomes that are cosmetically appealing.

For more information about the ClosureFast procedure or to set up a free consultation, call the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100.

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No Vein, No Pain- Treatments for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be a serious disorder that restricts work and leisure activities for both men and women. Healthy veins return blood to the heart and lungs so they can be re-oxygenated. A system of valves make this happen by allowing the blood to flow in only one direction. When valves fail or leak, blood flows backward under the force of gravity and distends the veins. This backward flow, called “reflux,” causes blood to pool in the veins, resulting in varicose veins.

Varicose veins can cause pain, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, cramping and throbbing. They can also lower your self-confidence. You shouldn’t have to hide your legs, there are treatment options!

ClosureFast™, also known as RadioFrequency Closure or endovenous RadioFrequency ablation, is an FDA approved procedure which has exceptional results. RadioFrequency Closure is a minimally invasive, walk-in/walk-out procedure. It takes one to one and a half hours and is performed under minimal I.V. sedation and local anesthesia. Patients generally only take one day off work following surgery. RadioFrequency Closure is covered by most insurance plans.

Ambulatory Micro Phlebectomy is performed separately or in combination with the RadioFrequency Closure procedure. It surgically removes large varicose veins near the surface through micro-incisions. The cosmetic affect is remarkable.

Foam Sclerotherapy is for the treatment of spider veins. This non-operative treatment uses micro-injection technology through very small needles using an FDA approved solution, Sotradecol. Compression hose are required to be worn by the patient after treatment. It usually takes 2 to 4 treatments, six weeks apart, to complete effective sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is considered cosmetic and is therefore not generally covered by insurance plans.

Laser treatments, like the Gemini laser, produce dynamic results on smaller spider veins. The laser treatment takes from 3 to 5 treatments, 6 to 8 weeks apart to affect the veins.

Varicose veins appear as snarled, bluish-purple lines usually occurring in the legs. Varicose veins and spider veins may be mild or they may cause severe pain. Either way, they should not be left untreated. Have a physician conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the severity of the condition and the best treatment option. For more information, visit www.renoveinclinic.com.

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