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Summer Is No Time for Varicose and Spider Veins


Summer typically means swimsuits, shorts, and short skirts, but for the millions of women—and men—who have varicose veins and/or spider veins, long pants and cover-ups are often their clothing choices when they are out in public. But a new book, “Say Goodbye to Varicose & Spider Veins Now!” by board certified surgeon and vein specialist Greg Martin, MD, offers the latest treatment and prevention options—and a dose of hope—to people with vein disease.

Varicose and spider veins shouldn’t be ignored

More than 80 million Americans suffer from varicose or spider veins, according to the American College of Phlebology. Not only is vein disease unattractive, it can be a significant health problem as well. But first, the good news.

As Dr. Martin clearly explains, while many of the old methods for treating varicose and spider veins were painful, ineffective, expensive, and often caused future vein problems, as well as required long recovery periods, these scenarios are not true today. Now there are highly successful, affordable, convenient ways to permanently say goodbye to these unsightly veins.

Newer, minimally invasive techniques, with ultrasound guidance to help doctors identify the problem veins with accuracy, are now available. For spider veins, the procedures include laser surgery, sclerotherapy (injection of medications to destroy abnormal veins), intense pulse light therapy, and thermocoagulation (electrical energy that destroys spider veins).

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For varicose veins, the two most popular procedures are endovenous radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser treatments. For those patients who may still have residual varicose veins after endovenous ablation, there are three supplementary techniques from which patients can choose.

The good news does not end here, because all these procedures can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic. And for those who are looking for ways to prevent or lessen the severity of varicose or spider veins on their own, Dr. Martin offers recommendations.

Now for the more “painful” news about varicose and spider veins: they shouldn’t be ignored, says Dr. Martin, because they can lead to problems. Both types of vein disease, for example, can cause significant pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Varicose veins and venous insufficiency (when blood flow through the veins is impaired due to leaky or defective valves or other deficiencies in the veins) increase the risk of blood clots, phlebitis, and pulmonary embolism, all potentially life-threatening conditions. Vein disease can also cause rashes, discolored skin, severe skin and soft tissue scarring, and develop into wounds.

In addition to the latest medical procedures discussed in “Say Goodbye to Varicose & Spider Veins Now!” Dr. Martin also offers patients’ stories, tips on how to find the right specialist, and resource materials. For anyone who suffers with vein disease or who wants more information about prevention and treatment, and especially those who are contemplating a way to rid themselves of these unsightly veins, this book is a must read.

Martin G. Say Goodbye to Varicose & Spider Veins Now!
Note: A copy of this book was provided to the author of this review by KSB Promotions.