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Treating Vascular Issues Beyond Varicose Veins

Surprisingly enough, not all vascular problems result in varicose veins or spider veins. Quite often, most vascular issues go unnoticed or undiagnosed because they don’t have any visible symptoms. Our doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin does far more than safely and painlessly remove varicose and spider veins.  As part of his education, experience and certification, he is also able to help patients with a wide range of vascular problems that go far beyond visible veins in the legs.

As a leader in minimally invasive vascular and vein treatments Dr. Gosin is able to treat and diagnose several vascular conditions that don’t necessarily affect veins. These include:

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is swollen part of the lower aorta. The aorta runs from your heart through the center of your chest and to the abdomen and is one of the body’s major blood vessels. And since it’s the body’s main supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Treatments depend on the size and rate of growth of your aneurysm, but they vary from careful monitoring to vascular surgery.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease can occur when the arteries in your legs become blocked, causing your legs to receive insufficient blood and oxygen. Also known as leg artery disease, it can cause discomfort or pain in the buttocks, things, hips, knees and shins when walking. Factors such as smoking, having diabetes, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol and being overweight can increase your likelihood of developing PAD. After PAD is diagnosed (through a series of tests and exams conducted by a certified physician), it can often be treated through lifestyle changes like increased exercise and in some cases, medication. In some cases, a vascular specialist may need to perform procedures that may range from minimally invasive interventions to surgery.

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease refers to the narrowing of the carotid arteries, usually caused by a buildup of plaque. The carotid arteries carry oxygen and blood to the brain. As the arteries become more narrowed, it decreases blood flow to the brain and increases the risk of a stroke. Age, smoking habits, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and a family history of the disease are all factors that increase the risk of getting the disease. There may be no symptoms with the disease being discovered on a routine physical examination or a Doppler ultrasound test.  At times, the first symptom might be a neurologic event such as a sroke. Once diagnosed, carotid artery disease may be  treated via lifestyle changes , with medications, or at times surgery or stents.  A vascular surgeon can determine the proper treatment in a given situation.

 

If you have any questions regarding vascular problems or varicose veins and would like to make an appointment for diagnosis, contact Shore Vascular & Vein Center. Dr. Gosin and his staff are Atlantic County, Cape May County, and Ocean County, NJ’s most knowledgeable and experienced vein and vascular care team. To get in touch, call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit our Somers Point, NJ office.

A Little Introduction to Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency can sound like a frightening or dramatic issue, but it is simply a term for when your veins aren’t working as well as they should. It happens when the valves in the veins don’t function properly. This allows the force of gravity to cause blood to pool in the lower part of of the legs causing a combination of unsightly veins and discomfort.

The disease often appears as varicose veins or spider veins. Symptoms can include aching legs, heaviness in the legs and leg restlessness. And it can also lead to more serious, long-term problems like ulcers.

A vein specialist, like Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center will use ultrasound technology to identify and diagnose issues in the veins. Once the problem is identified, a quick, minimally-invasive outpatient procedure can typically cure it. And most patients feel results very quickly, because the treatment corrects the problem instantly.

While venous insufficiency is far more complicated than visible vein problems or discomfort and pain in the legs, it’s an issue that can be quickly remedied by a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon. To find out more or to make an appointment in the Atlantic County, Cape May County, and Ocean County areas, contact Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey by calling (609) 927-VEIN (8346).




Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

Varicose Veins to DVT, How Shore Vascular & Vein Center Can Help You with Venous Problems

We go on and on about how varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic problem and how their symptoms can actually be serious and lead to worse problems. One of those worse problems is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein – deep within the muscles of the leg.

A blood clot, or thrombus, in the deep venous system of the leg can become dangerous if part of the blood clot breaks off and travels through the venous system and into the pulmonary circulation system, and becomes lodged in a lung.

Similar to the causes of varicose veins, blood clots can develop in people who are immobile (due to injuries, pregnancy or hospitalization), overweight, or who already have a medical history of clotting issues (often caused by hormones, smoking, cancer, or a genetic predisposition) or damaged veins.

The diagnosis of DVT is also similar to varicose veins in that an ultrasound test is the standard method used to determine the existence of the condition. An experienced vein specialist, like Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, can use the ultrasound technology to detect a blood clot’s presence, as well as its location and size.

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include pain, swelling, warmth, tenderness and redness. If left untreated, DVT can lead to complications such as pulmonary embolism (PE).  This occurs when a portion of the blood clot breaks off from the legs and becomes lodged in the arteries to the lungs. This can be a potentially life threatening problem. Another potential complication of DVT is post-phlebitic syndrome. It can result in chronic swelling, pain, ulcers and skin discoloration in the affected leg.  It is a condition that may not develop for years after the acute event and aggressive early treatment of the DVT is the best way to prevent it.

There are various potential treatment for DVT, depending upon an individual’s particular situation. Some of these treatments include the use of blood thinning medications, clot dissolving treatments, compression stockings, and occasionally even intervention procedures to implant devices to prevent clots from traveling to the lungs, when that is necessary. It is important that individuals with DVT are evaluated and treated by a specialist in vein care to prevent the complications that may develop from the DVT.

If you have any questions regarding deep vein thrombosis or would like to make an appointment for diagnosis, contact Shore Vascular & Vein Center. Dr. Gosin and his staff are Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County, NJ’s premiere vascular and vein care center team. If you are experiencing the appearance or discomfort of varicose veins or are concerned about DVT and would like more information, our Board Certified Vascular surgeon can help. To get in touch with Shore Vascular & Vein Center call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit our office for more information.

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

Will I Be Insured? Shore Vascular & Vein Center Answers Your Insurance Questions

Our patients often ask about health insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment.  Many people who visit our Somers Point, New Jersey office do not initially realize that insurance companies will often cover the cost of varicose vein treatment. While varicose veins might be unsightly, they actually are far more than just a cosmetic problem. It is for that reason that treatment for varicose veins and venous disease is often covered by health insurance.

In determining insurance coverage, it basically comes down to one factor: whether or not the treatment is a medical necessity. This usually goes hand-in-hand with a diagnosis of venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency, which are recognized medial conditions. An experienced vein specialist, can determine the cause of your varicose veins (which relates to coverage) through a series of tests, like venous duplex ultrasonography testing.

In general terms, varicose veins that are not causing either physical symptoms or findings of advanced chronic venous insufficiency, do not necessarily require treatment. However, if symptoms develop, or if an individual desires cosmetic improvement, various treatment options exist. The best treatment for a particular individual will depend upon his or her specific situation. Conservative treatment, such as compression therapy, exercise and weight loss may be helpful for some individuals. When these measures do not provide improvement, there are minimally invasive treatments that are available that are often covered by health insurance.

Physical symptoms of venous reflux disease can range from slight discomfort to chronic pain and fatigue. Specifically, many suffer from pain, throbbing, aching, swelling, fatigue and heaviness. It can begin in the morning and worsen as the day goes on. In more extreme cases, the skin in the legs can become damaged, resulting in dark pigmentation and scarring. In more severe cases, venous leg ulcers can develop. These are a more serious condition that indicates very advanced venous disease.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, our clinical and administrative staff work closely with all of the health insurance companies with which we participate. Our team will contact your insurance company, provide them with all of the necessary information, work with them to determine whether your care is covered, and obtain any needed pre-certification. Then, before proceeding with any treatments, they’ll let you know whether or not you’ll be covered and will answer any coverage questions you may have.

We participate with most major health insurance networks. If your insurance is one of the few we don’t partner with, we would be pleased to see you on an “out-of-network” basis. Many insurance plans provide benefits for out-of-network care, and we would be more than happy to provide you with more information on that.

Shore Vascular & Vein Center, serving Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County, NJ is the region’s premiere vascular and vein care center. If you are experiencing the appearance or discomfort of varicose veins or have any questions regarding insurance coverage or care, our Board Certified Vascular technicians can help. For more information, call us at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit our website for more information.

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

A Quick Lesson on How Leg Veins are Supposed to Work

As we’ve previously discussed, there are several factors and causes of varicose veins. Thankfully though, when these annoying, unpleasant, uncomfortable guys pop up there are several varicose vein treatment methods that quickly alleviate the problem.

To give our clients a better understanding of the issues, we thought we’d share this video on how veins are supposed to work. As you’ll see, blood pumps through the one-way valves. When the muscle around the vein contracts, it opens the valve and blood moves towards the heart. And when it relaxes the valve closes to prevent backflow.

If the valves malfunction, blood can flow back away from the heart and cause the vein to swell up, become noticeable and varicose. When that happens, reach out to Atlantic County’s, Cape May County’s and or Ocean County’s top vein specialist, Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for a diagnosis, more information on vascular surgery or to schedule an appointment.

5 Biggest Varicose Vein Myths, BUSTED

There are a lot of myths out there involving varicose veins and spider veins, what causes them, their treatment methods and so much more. We’re busting some of the most common myths we’ve heard over the years of working in the industry.

Myth 1: Varicose veins are purely a cosmetic problem.

We’ve already busted this myth a few times. While varicose veins are indeed unsightly, their complications and symptoms go far beyond aesthetics. Increased pressure in the leg veins can lead to more serious symptoms such as pain, throbbing, aching, swelling, fatigue and leg heaviness. In extreme cases, the skin on the legs can become damaged, resulting in dark pigmentation and scarring; and one percent of adults over 60 years of age report that they experience chronic problems like skin ulcers.

Myth 2: There’s no point in treating varicose veins since they will always recur.

This myth stems from inadequate treatment methods of the past. The procedures used today (by true vein specialists) are safer, longer-lasting and more efficient. Once veins are successfully treated by a qualified physician, like Dr. Gosin at Shore Vein & Vascular Center, the recurrence rates of vascular veins is typically below 5 percent. In general, if varicose veins do “recur” it’s actually usually a completely new malfunctioning valve, which again, can be quickly and easily treated.

Myth 3: Varicose vein treatments are painful, and more trouble than they’re worth.

Outdated techniques like vein stripping are no longer used by vein specialists, instead, varicose vein treatments have evolved to being non-invasive and relatively quick procedures with short recovery times. We described the best treatments more in depth back in June, but they include the Excel V Laser System, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and Venefit procedures. All these are considered outpatient procedures and are typically completed within a couple of hours and most patients are able to return to their normal activities the same day.

Myth 4: Because the treatment of varicose veins is cosmetic, it’s not covered by insurance.

Again, varicose veins are no longer considered just a cosmetic problem (although the treatment of spider veins often is). We’ve found that the majority of insurance companies will cover varicose vein removal procedures – especially when related to a diagnosis of venous reflux disease. In fact, since varicose veins can lead to more serious complications (and more expenses to insurance companies) down the line, they’re actually more eager to pay to have the issue taken care of right way. Coverage is usually dependent on the diagnosis through ultrasonography testing by a licensed phlebologist who will determine the size and dysfunction of the veins in the legs.

Myth 5: I don’t need surgery, compression stockings will cure my varicose veins.

While support stockings seem like a great alternative to seeing a vein specialist and going through with a procedure, they’re simply not effective – especially as a long-term treatment. Once you take them off, they stop working. Compression stockings may provide relief temporarily, but they in no way solve the problem.

Hopefully we’ve answered your questions and have quelled any fears of treating your varicose veins. If you have more concerns or would like more information and are in Atlantic County, Cape May County or Ocean County, New jersey, give Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

How to (Almost) Prevent Varicose Veins from Popping Up

We’ve already delved into what causes varicose veins, so you may know that most factors that will determine whether or not you’re affected by the ailment, can’t be controlled. These uncontrolled causes include gender, age and family medical history. Thankfully though, there are factors you can do something about, so if you find yourself predisposed to the condition, read on to find out lifestyle factors that can influence the likelihood of you developing varicose veins or spider veins, and find out what you can do to prevent – or at least delay – their onset.

Obesity

Being obese or even overweight can put an added pressure on the veins in your legs. The buildup of fat in your limbs surrounds and squeezes the vein, and valves can start to malfunction. When this happens, blood can start to backflow and then pool, causing the veins to become noticeably varicose.

How to fix it: Get regular exercise (which will also help your blood flow!) and maintain a healthy diet. Not only does this lead to a healthier overall lifestyle but it also helps with blood pressure (which can affect the strength of your veins) as well.

Prolonged standing or sitting

Sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time can prohibit your blood from flowing as efficiently as it would with regular movement. Not only is maintaining one of these positions for a long time uncomfortable, but it makes your veins work harder to pump blood up to your heart. The added effort can lead to the veins becoming swollen and varicose.

How to fix it: There are plenty of smartphone apps or wearable pieces out there that will alert you when you’ve been inactive – invest in one. Or at the very least, set an alarm on your phone to go off every 20 to 60 minutes to alert you to change your position. If you’ve been sitting at a desk, go for a short walk whenever it goes off; if you’ve been standing, ask to take a break and go sit down for five minutes.

Hormonal changes

Whether it’s pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills, hormones can influence the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Pregnancy, in particular, can increase the likelihood of developing them because the volume of the blood in a woman’s body increases during pregnancy, but the blood flow from her legs to pelvis does not – resulting in the veins becoming swollen, especially towards the end of pregnancy. And again, changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can also add to the likelihood of developing varicose veins.

How to fix it: We would never tell you not to get pregnant or take birth control (and clearly, you can’t help going through menopause), but you can talk to a doctor about your hormone levels. If varicose veins are a concern bring it up with your general physician and they may be able to help you maintain healthy hormone levels.

It’s important to note though, varicose veins aren’t completely preventable, so if you find them showing up or already have them, give Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit the Somers Point office for more information, to get diagnosed or to receive treatments.

 

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

The Low-Down on Varicose and Spider Veins: We Answer Your Most Common Questions

Varicose veins, spider veins and vein disease can become complicated terms. “What causes varicose veins? How do I get rid of spider veins? Is varicose vein removal painful?” When we first meet with a new patient, they typically have numerous questions regarding the condition. If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ll have read about what causes spider veins, or the different varicose vein treatment options, but we decided to create a quick overview of the most commonly asked questions regarding varicose and spider veins.

Read on to learn the answers to your questions. And if you’re in Atlantic County, Cape May County or Ocean County, New jersey, give Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What’s the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are the swollen, blueish veins that can become visible through the skin. Spider veins are smaller and don’t cause as much discomfort. With both issues, the size and appearance can vary, but they almost always appear on the legs. Many people with venous disease will experience both types of veins.

What causes varicose veins?

Venous reflux disease is essentially what causes varicose veins. When vein valves become weakened, damaged or diseased, it can result in vein valve failure which then leads to reflux or a backward flow in the veins and a pooling of blood causes which pressure in the leg veins to increase. The increased pressure can cause surface veins to become swollen, or varicose, which creates the noticeably visible veins on the legs.

What are some varicose veins symptoms? How do I know if I have venous reflux disease?

Besides being able to see the blue or bulging veins along your legs, you’ll probably experience discomfort. People with varicose veins and venous reflux disease may feel leg pain, leg heaviness, leg fatigue and/or leg swelling. You can feel these symptoms without finding any visible veins though. With early diagnosis and treatment, long term complications can usually be prevented.

I can’t be the only one with this problem, who else is at risk for varicose veins?

In the United States, nearly 70 percent of women and 45 percent of men experience some kind of vein disorder. In fact, half of people aged 50 years or older are affected by varicose veins. Having a medical or familial history of the disease will increase the likelihood someone will be diagnosed with the problem. Age, sex, weight and even occupation (if you have a job that requires prolonged standing or sitting) can also be factors.

How are varicose veins and venous reflux diagnosed?

An experienced vascular specialist, like one of our team members at Shore Vascular & Vein Center, can make the diagnosis after a quick consultation appointment. After better learning your medical history, a physical examination and a painless doppler ultrasound, we’ll be able to make an accurate diagnosis, which is essential in the treatment process.

How are varicose and spider veins treated?

There are several ways to treat varicose and spider veins, at Shore Vascular & Vein Center. Some of these are the Excel V Laser System, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy and Venefit. Your diagnosis will determine which treatment method will work best. These treatments are all minimally invasive or noninvasive, which means procedures are relatively quick (and are usually completed within a half hour) and recovery almost immediate.

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

How To Choose the Best Varicose and Spider Vein Specialist

If you’ve been experience the discomfort that comes along with having varicose veins, chances are you’ve probably already looked into varicose vein treatments. While most varicose vein removal options are non-invasive, who you chose to provide that treatment is extremely important because even minimally invasive procedure can have serious complications if not performed correctly.

The term phlebologist refers a physician who treats veins, and it is a term that is often very confusing to people who are searching for a specialist to care for their varicose veins. That is because not all “phlebologists” have the same training, experience and credentials. In fact, physicians, or even physician assistants may advertise themselves as phlebologists or vein care experts without having any formal residency or fellowship training in the treatment of vascular diseases. Therefore, it is critical to know the true experience, background and reputation of any physician that you chose to treat your vascular problems.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, your entire experience, from diagnosis to treatment, will be provided by a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon who is an expert in dealing with vascular disorders on a daily basis. The center has years of experience with thousands of successful cases. Having your care provided by a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon ensures that your treating physician has met the highest standards of education and training in the treatment of vascular conditions, including the diagnosis and treatment of patients with varicose veins. These physicians will be able to administer the appropriate tests and then offer you the best treatments for your condition. They’ll also be able to provide the most thorough care; remedying both the underlying cause and removing the unsightly surface veins.

Dr. Jeffrey Gosin is a Board Certified Vascular surgeon and an expert in the treatment of vein disorders. He and his team at Shore Vascular & Vein Center specialize in treatments that include Excel V Laser, Sclerotherapy, Phlebectomy and Venefit procedures. Because of their skills and experience, the team works with you to decide on what treatment is best, and since the procedures are minimally-invasive (usually requiring just local anesthesia), you’ll be in and out of the office quickly with minimal recovery time needed.

Once you have made the decision to get your varicose or spider veins evaluated and treated, either because it’s summer (and you want to show off those legs!) or because the discomfort has become too much, it’s important you make the right choice in whom to turn. While there may be several varicose vein treatment options in Cape May County, Atlantic County, Ocean County and Cumberland County, New Jersey, choosing the best could make the difference in recovery time, recurrence and overall results. If you have any questions about procedures or treatments and want to speak to a professional, call Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for more information.

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

Varicose Veins - Diagnosis And Treatment

Oftentimes, people hear the diagnosis of varicose veins and are upset because they don’t have an understanding of what exactly the condition is. It’s certainly nothing to be alarmed about though, especially since there are reputable treatment centers available, such as Shore Vascular & Vein Center, serving Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County, New Jersey. Instead of simply worrying about varicose veins and spider veins, this FAQ will provide insight to the condition.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are veins that become large and swollen, usually due to the vein valves becoming damaged or diseased. This leads to vein valve failure, known as venous reflux.  This causes backward flow in the veins, and a pooling of blood which increases pressure in the leg veins. The increased pressure can cause surface veins to become dilated, or varicose, and bluish in color, leading to the noticeable marks we tend to see.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are a smaller type of varicose veins. These usually don’t cause as much discomfort as larger varicose veins, but most people with vein disease suffer from a combination of both varicose and spider veins.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins can be linked to both age and gender, although both men and women may develop them. Other factors that increase the risk of developing varicose veins are obesity, having a genetic predisposition or family history, and having a standing profession.  In addition, pregnancy, or multiple pregnancies, can contribute to the development of varicose veins.

How common are varicose veins?

Research has shown that a large percentage of both women and men will experience some degree of varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s. In fact, an estimated 27% of the adult population in the United States has some sort of vein disease of the legs.

What are some varicose veins treatment options?

Varicose vein treatment can come in many different forms, depending on a person’s particular problem. The good news is that all of these options should be minimally invasive.  Vein treatments can be focused treating the underlying cause for the varicose veins as well as treating the veins themselves.  Some of the most common of these safe and effective treatments (link: http://getgreatlegs.com/best-treatments-for-varicose-veins-and-other-vascular-problems/) include the Excel V Laser, sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy and the Venefit procedure (or VNUS closure). The procedures range from using radio frequency energy, lasers, sclerosing agents and the complete removal of the vein.

Are those options safe?

Most varicose vein treatments can be completed within a few hours and are typically a simple outpatient procedure. Many times, local anesthetics are used, so patients don’t have to be “put under” at all. And since the treatments are minimally-invasive, most patients are also able to carry one with their everyday activity within a short amount of time after the procedure.

Is treatment covered by insurance?

Treatment for varicose veins isn’t always for cosmetic purposes. Typically, treatments for venous insufficiency – or venous reflux disease – are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare.

 

Have any more questions? Give Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) and Dr. Jeffrey Gosin and his staff will be more than happy to help.