By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care

 

There are several reasons why people delay getting treatment for varicose veins and they are often related to misconceptions. For example, some people recall the old-fashioned, painful stripping surgery that our parents or grandparents endured, not realizing that technological advancements have made today’s treatments simple and relatively pain-free.

Others have been told by their primary care provider that their bulging veins are not bad enough to treat, even in the face of common symptoms, like leg pain, swelling or fatigue.

Still others have been told that their spider veins are simply a “cosmetic concern” or they’ve already had vein treatments yet their symptoms persist.

So how do you know when you should contact a venous health specialist? The answer is simple: If you are concerned about your veins—that is, if you are thinking about them—then that is reason enough to discuss your concerns with a vein specialist.

In just one visit—a comprehensive 20- to 30-minute evaluation—you’ll get the peace of mind that comes from knowing where you stand. During your evaluation, we may discover that your symptoms are not related to a venous health issue and we may refer you elsewhere. (As a former emergency room physician, I’ve seen just about everything). Or we may discover that you do indeed have a vein issue that we can treat easily and effectively, giving you back the active lifestyle you deserve.

If you are concerned at all about your legs, please give our office a call, especially if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • chronic leg pain
  • fatigue
  • itching
  • burning
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • leg cramps or swelling

 

Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. She is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care, a Tier 1 provider with Lake Health Hospital System, located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-295-9105.

Content Source: Mimi Vanderhaven