One of my patients lost her young son to cancer earlier this year. While performing her leg treatments, I was taken aback by the sheer courage, optimism and positive attitude that this wonderful woman exuded in spite of sustaining such a terrible loss. During the conversation she mentioned support of her family, friends and her religious beliefs that helped her through this gut wrenching part of her life’s journey.
When I asked her about how she felt, I expected to hear resentment, anger or sadness. Instead she said she was happy. She had to choose a way of living her life and she chose happiness.
The search for happiness probably predates medicine. Not until recently, a group of researchers came to a conclusion that happiness is “multifactorial.” Based on research performed on genetic twins, researchers reported that each genetic twin had a happiness set point that determined 50% of each twin’s happiness regardless of what else was going on in their lives. Interestingly, 10% of our happiness is considered to be a function of life circumstances, something that we may not be able to control but for which we often adapt or find ways of coping. The final 40% of our happiness is directly in our hands; it is a result of our intentional activity.
As Stephen Covey said, “We are a product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger.”
I attribute the success of Vein Clinic PA to our fundamental principle; take care of the patient. The rest will take care of itself. I have felt so strongly about our principle that we electively discontinued all major forms of marketing in early 2014. We stopped using Groupons, coupons, billboards and other popular forms of advertising. Instead we devoted all our time, resources and our passion to optimizing the patient care experience and outcomes. I am proud to say we have a collection of the absolute best tools, technology and expertise that one can find. From the video communication directly from each exam room to Patient Account Services to electronic medical records, we have created a modern office that seamlessly connects you to all the staff members who may be involved in your care. When you call us, before the phone is triaged the receptionist is able to “see” via video all the sites and key personnel so that your call is not transferred without due diligence. Of course, we have never stopped perfecting the delivery of vein care. As one patient rightly said, “vein is in our blood.”
We have enhanced our spider treatment program to give you a combination of the absolute best treatments that are backed by science, tested and perfected by us. We only offer treatment that actually works. We have also perfected our microphlebectomy procedure where countless patients have enjoyed the removal of unattractive, large surface veins, including varicose veins without the need of general anesthesia, use of stitches or ugly scarring. Patients can have their bulging veins removed in one hour in the comforts of our office setting with no downtime, undue pain or risk of scarring.
The referrals from our patients and the providers in the community have kept our schedules busy. A referral is the highest form of compliment that any doctor can get. I am very grateful to each one of you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you and for the trust in our care; we continue to take this responsibility very serious.
Please have a wonderful summer season. We are only a phone call away if you find that your legs are coming in the way of your happiness!
Spider veins are the mildest manifestation of venous insufficiency, similar to varicose veins but smaller. They are small, often tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin surface that frequently resemble spider webs or tree branches. They are generally red, blue or purple and are clearly visible, usually on the thighs and lower legs.
Spider veins, much like the underlying varicose veins, are caused by risk factors such as heredity, standing (teachers, nurses, factory workers) or sitting for long periods of time, excess weight, use of birth control pills, hormonal changes during pregnancy, previous blood clot and excessive sun exposure. Much like varicose veins, spider veins develop more often in women than men and the prevalence increases with age.
Although spider veins are largely asymptomatic, many patients notice itching, burning or bleeding (during shaving or gentle trauma). If there are underlying varicose veins with significant reflux (poor circulation due to backflow), there may be symptoms such as aching or cramping in the legs. Other common symptoms include tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs and swelling in the ankles. Pain caused by varicose veins is usually alleviated by elevating legs or by wearing prescription compression stockings. Left untreated, varicose veins may cause edema (swelling), ulcers and blood clots. A Phlebologist (vein specialist) will usually order an Ultrasound Duplex Scan of legs to help make the determination.
If legs are not bothersome except due to presence of visible veins on skin surface (spider veins, reticular veins and venulectasia) you may benefit from one or more sessions of spider vein treatment.
Introducing Next Generation Spider Vein Removal Treatments
Vein Clinic PA offers the next generation of spider vein treatments for removing spider veins. We provide the Gold Standard for the treatment of spider veins; injection sclerotherapy performed under the supervision of a licensed health professional. Treatment imaging is performed using Ultrasound, Veinlite and AccuVein®. Injection sclerotherapy involves our vein specialist injecting an FDA approved solution into the affected vein. Once the vein has been closed off from blood flow, it is slowly reabsorbed by the body, giving the legs an aesthetically pleasing look. We also use VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis to treat even the smallest and most curvy veins where sclerotherapy may not be an option. Patient results do vary and to obtain optimal results, an average of 3 to 4 treatments are recommended.
Learn more about our Spider Vein Treatments
- Board Certified Providers
- We use ultrasound guidance to rid unsightly spider veins at their source
- Vein Clinic PA uses the latest technology to provide the most effect, safest, and longest lasting result
- Many patients come to us after failed treatments elsewhere
- We treat veins all day, every day; more importantly, we love what we do
A VCPA patient recently shared with us:
I came in ten days ago to the clinic for sclerotherapy on my spider veins. I have had a few treatments at other places over the years and was never happy with how it turned out. This is the first time that I have been happy with how my legs have looked in years. I am so pleased with the outcome and recommend this clinic to everybody. Very nice experience - thank you! – Renee