Vein Disease – When to Intervene and How

by Columbia Surgery on May 7, 2013

Vein disease and disorders of the veins affect nearly 80 million Americans. They include cosmetically displeasing spider veins, more serious conditions such as bulging varicose veins as well as life-threatening conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). While some forms of vein disease are harmless, early detection is important, because even minor diseases can progress into more serious problems if left untreated.

How do I know if I should get screened for vein disease?

You should make an appointment for a vein screening if you have any of the following:

  • Visible bulging varicose veins
  • Spider Veins
  • Blood clots
  • Family history of vascular disease

How is vein disease treated? What are my treatment options?

Many people believe that treatment of vein disease is merely a cosmetic procedure. However, most insurance carriers cover vein treatment, and the process is usually minimally invasive. Diagnostic procedures generally involve a simple ultrasound.

The treatment usually requires no incisions or stitches, but at times two or three incisions are needed. Patients can usually expect to be able to shower, exercise, and go about their lives as normal immediately following procedures.

Have questions about vein disease?

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Learn more about vein disease and vein disease treatment by tuning in to our BlogTalkRadio program May 28 at 2 pm EST, where you to speak directly to Dr. Steve Elias one of the nation’s foremost innovators in minimally invasive vein therapies, about your questions and concerns.

How do I participate in this program? What will be discussed?

Topics to be discussed include:

    • Symptoms of vein disease
    • When to seek treatment for vein disease
    • Different types of vein disease
    • Treatment options for vein disease
    • What results to expect from vein treatment

To submit a question for Dr. Steve Elias before the show, visit our question submission form or tweet an “@” reply to @Columbiasurgery.

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Vein Program Accepting Patients at Four Locations

by Columbia Surgery on April 9, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Vascular Surgery Vein Program is accepting patients at four convenient locations. Directed by Steve Elias, MD, who is recognized as a national leader in venous disease, the program offers minimally invasive therapies for cosmetically motivated procedures to life-threatening vascular disease and every type in between.

Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAC

Steve Elias, MD, FACS, FAC

Gone are the days of painful vein stripping for varicose veins. Today, the treatment of varicose veins is far easier, faster, and virtually pain-free thanks to new forms of endovenous ablation. Learn about these options, as well as the program’s capabilities in treating the most serious types of venous disease, including chronic venous insufficiency, leg ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis.

According to Dr. Elias, “We offer cutting-edge clinical trials with the most advanced therapies before other centers in the country have access to them. As a result, our patients receive the most advanced care first.”

Call 855.201.9806 to schedule an appointment, and please visit the Columbia Vascular Surgery Vein Program to learn more.


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