Varicose Veins & Venous insufficiency Cure and Treatments by Dr. Eric Hardee, M.D.
Vein disease or Venous Insufficiency was not something in front of the medical community people addressing. It’s only a recent development where people have recognized how common it is. And also how debilitating it can be And also, when you look at the new quality of life studies In treating these patients, they get such tremendous benefit. Such tremendous improvement in quality of life It’s greater improvement than treating other disease processes of the legs. Like arterial disease Venous disease is much more common that heart disease, Much more common that peripheral arterial disease, and the treatment, actually, is much more effective. Much more durable, much more curative. And patients typically have a greater increase in quality of life. Than treating other disease processes.
People come in and say at the end of the day my legs feel tired and heavy. They describe leg fatigue. They’re on their feet all day and they say their legs will just bother them. They have leg cramps, they may have night cramps, pressure sensation Some of the later symptoms when patients have an inflammatory reaction are burning and itching. Some people describe it as fire ants crawling around their ankles. Patients with venous insufficiency usually have a slow onset of symptoms going on for many many years.
Their symptoms are very vague and nonspecific The onset is so gradual they really don’t know what they are. After treating these patients, they come back after they heal and they are generally in a state of disbelief that they have been living with this for so long. And one of the most common things they tell me is that "Doc, I wish you would have taken care of this 10 years ago!" And then some point in time they become frustrated that they didn’t find out about this until recently. They can be treated on an outpatient basis with a minimally invasive procedure and have their symptoms resolve essentially. People are finally becoming aware of it and the public and the patients are looking for us, looking for treatment they’re finding out their friends got treated, their uncle got treated and they are reporting that they feel much better. Now patients are actually looking for us. They are going to their doctors and saying, ”My legs are bothering me, I think it could be my veins!" We are getting more patients who are referred from doctors who are finding out the information from the patients themselves. Also, we are in constant education mode where we are education the public, education the referring physicians.
It's been only about 10 years that people have known that these treatments are very effective and how common this disease process is. A person practicing for 20 years it can be hard for them to keep up on all the new technology because before, treatment was vein stripping. You have to go to the hospital and be admitted, stay a few days for a procedure which is quite brutal, it was painful, the recovery process is very long.
It didn’t work very well. The recurrence rate was so high that the disease actually was not as bad as the treatment. People didn’t get treated. Nowadays, the treatment is so effective and so durable, and so benign in comparison that it opens up opportunities to treat a lot more people and get a lot more better results.
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