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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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Mornings On Fox Segment: Varicose veins and your health

Dr. Robert Merchant, Vascular Surgeon at the Reno Vein Clinic, stopped by Mornings on Fox 11 to talk  about how problematic veins can be.

Varicose veins can be extremely painful and detrimental to a person’s overall health, but Dr. Merchant let us in on which new treatments are out there that can really help improve your health.

WATCH this clip to learn more

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Could Your Job Be Putting You At Risk for A Vein Disorder?


Many professions require long hours on your feet that can lead to vein disorders like varicose or spider veins. The legs not only hold the majority of body weight but they also constantly circulate blood throughout the legs and into the rest of the body. There are intricate networks of veins that carry blood from the body to the heart. To prevent blood from flowing backward, veins have a series of one-way valves that keep the blood flowing in one direction toward the heart. The most common place for varicose veins to develop is in the legs because blood pools in weakened blood vessels causing the veins to enlarge and stretch.

Standing for a long time can increase the risk of developing varicose veins especially if you are more susceptible to vein disorders. Women are more likely to develop the condition because of hormonal changes during pregnancy, premenstruation and menopause. Other factors that can increase your risk of developing varicose veins include your age- causing wear and tear on the valves in your veins, genetics and obesity.

Here are 5 professions with a high risk for developing vein disorders:

1.     Teachers- From the first to the final bell, teachers are constantly on the go, and they spend hours on their feet in front of the classroom.

2.     Nurses- Depending on the shift, nurses can spend anywhere from 8-12 hours walking and standing in a hospital setting

3.     Casino Workers- Dealers, bartenders, cage cashiers, cooks and cocktail waitresses all spend the majority of their time at work standing or walking while providing service to hotel guests and gamblers.

4.     Hairdressers- In many cases hairdressers spend 90% of their day standing which can be hard on their feet, back and legs and can increase the risk for varicose veins.

5.     Mining/Construction Workers- Individuals who work mining and construction jobs experience long, physically exerting hours, often without ever sitting down.

If you work in one of the mentioned industries, be aware of the risks associated and take the necessary precautions to reduce your chance of developing vein disorders. Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation and vein strength and to maintain a healthy weight. If you have to stand for long periods of time, shift your weight from one leg to another every few minutes. Wear elastic support stockings, but avoid clothing that is too tight, or that will constrict your waist, groin or legs. Also, comfortable supportive shoes will help you keep a natural stance. Finally, make sure you include high-fiber foods in your diet, drink plenty of water and minimize your salt intake.

If you are concerned you might be suffering from spider or varicose veins, contact the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit our website at www.renoveinclinic.com.

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PBS Special on Vein Health

PBS recently aired a special on vein health. We’ve found a lot of great information in this short video that we think you’ll enjoy!





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