Vein Care Blog

Introducing Advanced Vascular Vein Care

BY DR. COHEN Advanced vascular associates has expanded its service offerings to include state-of-the-art venous treatment and has established advanced vascular vein care. As you know, we treat a wide spectrum of complex vascular pathologies including AAA, carotid disease, dialysis access management, and lower extremity arterial disease. Now, with the addition of a highly respected […]

The 4 signs to tell if you have venous insufficiency.

BY DR. COHEN Print Friendly First, what is venous insufficiency anyway? Sometimes the one-way valves in the superficial veins of the leg become leaky and stop functioning. When the valves are leaky, gravity can pull the blood down, and allow it to pool in the lower leg. This can result in a range of symptoms. […]

What is foam sclerotherapy and why choose it?

BY DR. COHEN Injection SCLEROTHERAPY is a mainstay of treatment for venous insufficiency. The procedure uses a fine needle to inject a medication, called a “sclerosant”, directly into the problem veins. The sclerosant destroys the inside lining of the veins called the “intima”. Without the intima, the vein collapses and will eventually disappear. One challenge with sclerotherapy is […]

What about skin damage from venous insufficiency?

BY DR. COHEN When venous insufficiency persists, untreated, for many years, the skin in the calf or ankle can become damaged. This results from chronic inflammation and the damage done by blood leaking out of the veins into the skin itself. There are 4 types of damage The least severe problem is what we call […]

How is ultrasound testing used to diagnose and treat vein problems?

BY DR. COHEN The ultrasound is the most important diagnostic tool vein doctors have. As you may know, ultrasound machines work by generating harmless, painless, inaudible sound waves and emitting them into the body through an instrument placed on the skin (with gel in between). The sound waves reflected back are then detected. The location, […]

Spider veins and sclerotherapy: What to expect.

BY DR. COHEN Spider veins, technically called “telangiectasias”, are small spidery, branching red or blue veins and can be located just under the skin surface anywhere on the leg. Spider veins themselves almost never cause any medical problem but they’re not pretty and many people seek cosmetic treatment to improve their appearance (Not typically covered […]

Don’t I need these veins?

BY DR. COHEN “Doc, don’t I need these veins?” I’m asked this all the time when advising patients to close or remove their problem veins. And it’s a good question. The simple answer is “No.” First, these veins never did much even when they were working normally. They only serve the skin which doesn’t get […]

What are the treatments for venous insufficiency?

BY DR. COHEN Venous insufficiency, or varicose veins, typically affect only the superficial veins of the skin. These veins are ubiquitous and normally carry very little blood. While these veins are not very important even when functioning normally, they can be quite problematic when they shift into reverse. The main concept of treatment is to stop […]

Who gets vein disease and why?

If you have vein problems you are far from alone! Problems with leg veins are unbelievably common. As many as 60% of Americans have some sort of vein abnormalities in their legs. It is particularly common in women. As many as 40% of women over 50 have symptoms related to vein disease. And while they […]

Am I too old for vein treatment?

The saphenous veins in the legs are the most common sources of varicose veins. While physicians once removed them through painful “stripping”, we now do it by simply closing them off. This process is called “ablation” and there’s more than one way to ablate a vein. All the ablation procedures are very safe, quick, and […]