Posts made in August 2018

Tips to Improve Vein Health at Work

It may take a little effort to improve your circulation and vein health at work, but it is sure to pay off in the long run. There are a number of physical ways you can address any concerns you may have about the health of your veins. For example, instead of only sitting or standing, consider a combination of the two with an adjustable-height desk or a standing desk with a taller chair. It’s also important to pay attention to the position your body is in as well. Your feet should be flat on a stool that elevates them about six inches from the floor. If you sit all of the time at work, be sure that your office chair supports good posture and that you take periodic standing breaks to keep your blood flow circulating.

Stretching

It is also possible to perform light stretching throughout the day to help get you moving while promoting good circulation and oxygen flow. Standing calf raises, toe touches, and flexing the calf muscles are easy and simple ways to get your blood circulating.

Walking

If possible walk around during your phone calls. Even if you are just making small loops around your cubicle, this little movement promotes blood flow. It also helps to keep fluid from pooling in your legs and ankles.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings benefit anybody, especially those whose jobs require long periods of sitting or standing. Compression stockings mimic the muscle contractions of walking, which stimulates the flow of blood and helps to prevent lymphedema.

Visit OGormanVein.com to find out how we can treat your varicose veins in Mobile, AL. Contact us with your questions and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.

 

Introducing Varithena!

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We are beyond excited to announce the newest technique to treat  varicose veins, Varithena!

Varithena®  (polidocanol injectable foam) is indicated for the treatment of incompetent great saphenous veins, accessory saphenous veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system above and below the knee.

Varithena®  improves the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and the appearance of visible varicosities.

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Sclerotherapy Is Painless

If you suffer from spider veins, chances are they have been caused by pregnancy, age, obesity, or prolonged standing. Getting rid of your spider or varicose veins gives you a new lease on life. You no longer have to be embarrassed about how your legs look when you decide to have sclerotherapy, a safe and effective vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is a tried-and-true procedure that has been in use since the 1930s.

At O’Gorman Vein & Vascular, sclerotherapy in Mobile, AL, is a commonly performed and successful option for the removal of spider veins. Dr. O’Gorman uses ultrasound guidance to inject a medication or salt solution directly into the veins with a very fine needle. The solution causes the lining of the blood vessel to collapse and the blood to clot. The vessel eventually turns into scar tissue that fades away.

The number of veins injected at one time depends on the size and location of the veins. This procedure may cause a short period of discomfort, especially if the veins are large, but generally, there is a little-to-no real pain. In fact, it is considered a painless procedure that doesn’t require any anesthesia.

Sometimes it takes a few weeks for the appearance of veins to disappear. During this time there may be slight tenderness around the vein-injected areas. Nothing more than a mild pain reliever like aspirin is needed.  Once sclerotherapy is successfully done, however, does not mean that the propensity for spider veins is gone forever.

 

What Are Thread Veins?

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Spider veins are also known as thread veins because they tend to branch out and display a spidery kind of pattern. Thread veins are small but prominent veins just below the skin surface. They can occur anywhere on the body, but they are most often found on the legs and face. Thread veins on the legs are small–dilated and visible–blood vessels in the most superficial layer of the skin. These veins are common and estimated to affect approximately 80% of adults (both men and women) at some point in their lives. Other names for thread veins and spider veins include:

  • Broken Veins
  • Surface Veins
  • Venous Flares

There are a few ways in which thread veins on the face are different from those on the legs. But the major difference is that thread veins on the face are higher up in the body than the heart, while those on the legs are below the position of the heart. Therefore, gravity makes it easier for thread veins on the face to allow blood to flow down to your heart.  However, thread veins on the legs become visible because the collection of blood above them is open and filled when we stand or sit.

O’Gorman Vein & Vascular specializes in the treatment of thread veins in Mobile, AL. Visit OGormanVein.com to learn about the procedures performed by our board-certified vascular surgeon.