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It’s easy to assume varicose veins only occur in women. You’d probably be surprised to learn that 10-20% of men develop varicose veins at some point in their lives, and that number is rising due to increased longevity and obesity.

Don’t stress. Here are a few things you can do to stay ahead of them:

 

  1. Exercise – this has numerous benefits to your health, but it especially helps to keep blood flowing and stop pooling in the veins of the legs, where it can cause veins to bulge. 
  2. Elevate your legs and keep moving – another way to keep the blood moving! Raise your legs above heart height for 15 minutes twice a day, or just keep your legs moving throughout the day.
  3. Compression hose – don’t worry, no one will know they’re there under your pants. These stockings, which often just look like long socks, help to push the blood up from the ankle so as to avoid pooling. 
  4. Eat well – stick to a diet that is rich in antioxidants and fibre from plant foods, and low in salt, saturated fat (mainly found in animal products), and simple sugars while skipping processed foods can help to  cut your intake of sugar and salt.
  5. Stay hydrated – a good intake of fluids from food and drinks helps to keep your whole body healthy.
  6. Watch your weight – rapid weight gain can put a huge amount of pressure on your veins.
  7. Relax! – keep your blood pressure low and improve your overall cardiovascular health with less stress in your life.

Are you a man with symptoms of Venous Disease?  We can help!

If you have more questions about spider veins, or would like to discuss a treatment plan, click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Did you know the development of spider veins can be prevented and/or slowed? Not only does Premier Vein Specialists treat problem veins, we teach ways to help stop them before they start.

Here are 6 simple steps to lower your risk of developing spider veins:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Wear compression stockings
  5. Elevate your legs
  6. Use sunscreen

If you have more questions about spider veins, or would like to discuss a treatment plan, click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

 

PremierVeinSpecialists-StaffPhotos-9.12.17-114Choosing a vein specialist can be difficult, especially with the added stress of your vein condition. When choosing a vein specialist, it is important to consider the following qualities:

Experience

Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish. With an experienced team, the doctor is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition; whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

 

Area of Specialty

With various vein conditions, it is important that you choose a provider with the proper treatment options specific to your needs.

 

Personal Comfort

As with any visit to a doctor, your vein specialist should be no different. Make sure you feel comfortable and welcomed by the entire staff at the practice

Dr. Mathai and the team at Premier Vein Specialists strive to fulfill these qualities. A special message from Dr. Mathai himself, “Our staff is friendly, and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”

We’re here to help. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins (also known as telangiectasias) are small superficial thread like veins close to the skin surface. They are more prominent on the back and sides of the thigh and just below the knee. These veins are more distinct in fair skinned people, and more common in females. The spider veins may seem to appear spontaneously, and they may or may not have symptoms. They appear as numerous fine bluish/red spider web-like circles on the legs.

Can spider veins cause leg swelling or pain?

Spider veins are minute veins and thread like. They are only of a cosmetic nuisance. They may or may not cause pain, leg swelling or fatigue. In any individual who has these symptoms, the spider veins may not be the root cause of the problem and may have further venous insufficiency.

What causes spider veins?

The real cause of spider veins is not known but they are more prominent in obese individuals, females, individuals who are on their feet for prolonged periods, minor trauma, pregnancy and perhaps use of contraceptives. There may be a familial component to these veins. In general, any condition that will increase pressure in the veins, can lead to spider veins.

How is sclerotherapy done?

Sclerotherapy involves injection of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the small veins using a very fine, thin needle. This solution irritates the vein lining causing it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. Multiple veins can be injected at each session. The sclerosing solution used may be either polidocanol or sodium tetradecylsulfate.

Is there any harm in removing spider veins?

Spider veins have no function and removing does no harm. The only reason they are removed is because of their unsightly cosmetic.

Does insurance cover spider care treatments?

Unfortunately, spider veins are considered cosmetic in nature and many insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment.

If you have more questions about spider veins, or would like to discuss a treatment plan, click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Have you noticed varicose or spider veins in your legs? If you have, you most likely have questions about exercise and varicose veins.

Here’s a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts when exercising with vein disease:

DO: walk, bike, elliptical, swim, yoga

These exercises are low-impact activities that stretch and strengthen your calf muscles and improve calf pump blood flow without stressing your joints or bones.

DON’T: run, weightlift, jump rope, perform sit-ups, crunches or lunges

Any exercise that causes strain or repetitive pounding on the ground can cause damage to the valves in the vein without you knowing it. Additionally, activities with minimal aerobic strain, like sit-ups, crunches or lunges, can worsen venous reflux.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition is important for healthy veins. We’re here to help. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Summer is in full swing and we’re enjoying the weather. Unfortunately for those with painful varicose veins, too much sun will dry out and damage the skin. Insufficient moisture and elasticity in the skin will give the outermost layer of veins a hard time by stopping them from moving properly. As a result, blood can start to pool, which will cause even more varicose veins.

Be sure to protect your legs this summer by following a few simple tips:

  1. Always wear sunscreen!
  2. Use aloe at night to restore moisture to your legs
  3. Skip the heels. They hinder blood circulation ins your legs, especially the calves.
  4. Stay hydrated to help moisturize your skin

Don’t hide from the sun if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your legs… We’re here to help. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Many people believe varicose veins are just a cosmetic concern. While generally harmless, these veins could be warning signs of serious underlying health issues.

Varicose veins develop when one-way valves responsible for moving blood through the veins become weak or damaged. Blood then pools inside the veins, resulting in the twisting and bulging you see in your legs.

With all the risk factors involved in varicose veins, it’s important to know the facts. Here are a few questions frequently asked to Dr. Mathai at Premier Vein Specialists, LLC.

Straight Talk About Treating Vein Problems – A Question and Answer Session with noted surgeon Dr. John Mathai, M.D.F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. and director of Premier Vein Specialists (offices in Hanover and York)

Q: My legs look veiny and I don’t like it. How do I pick a doctor?

A: Look for an experienced surgeon and a practice where you feel comfortable. I practiced heart surgery for over three decades before specializing in the treatment of veins. I am double Board Certified with The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Member of the American College of Phlebology. Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.

Q: Is vein surgery expensive?

A: Most of the procedures we conduct are covered by typical medical insurance programs.

Q: Are the procedures painful?

A: All procedures are done with local anesthetic, with the patient awake. Discomfort is minimal.

Q: What is the typical recovery time?

A: The procedures are done in our offices and the patient walks in and walks out. Most patients return to work the next day.

Q: Are vein problems purely cosmetic?

A: No. Most are medical conditions. With insurance covering most procedures, there is no reason to endure leg pain or not like the way your legs look.

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish.

As the Director and Leading Physician for Premier Vein Specialists, Dr. Mathai brings over 3 decades of experience to the practice. He is double Board Certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a Member of the American College of Phlebology.  

As a Cardiac Surgeon with his own practice, he focused on problems related to extremity veins. After 32 plus years, he decided to concentrate on Phlebology and has been doing so for over 10 years.

With Dr. Mathai’s experience and his helpful team, he is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

We offer a FREE Vein Screening so you can see if our office is a good fit for you.  We’re here to help. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Many factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These Include:
  1. Increasing age. As you get older, the valves in your veins may weaken and not work as well.
  2. Medical history. Being born with weak vein valves increases your risk. Having family members with vein problems also increases your risk. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
  3. Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
  4. Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.
  5. Obesity. Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.
  6. Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
  7. Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

 

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Venous disease can range from cosmetic issues to potentially life-threatening conditions. Varicose and spider veins are some of the most common symptoms of venous disease. At one time, these and other vein conditions were treated mainly using old fashioned technics like vein stripping and surgery. However, there are now many minimally-invasive vein treatments to help your legs look and feel better.

Types of Venous Disease

Some of the most common types of venous disease include:

  • Spider veins. Small, red or blue veins near the surface of the skin that look like spider webs or tree branches. These are caused by blood backing up in the veins. They often occur on the legs and face.
  • Varicose veins. Swollen, twisted veins near the surface of the skin. These are caused by blood backing up in the veins due to weak or damaged vein walls or valves. They most often occur on the legs.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency. Collecting of blood in the deeper veins of the leg due to weak or damaged valves in the vein. It can also occur as a result of a blood clot in the legs.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis. A blood clot in a vein near the surface of the skin. It is often the result of injury, surgery or being inactive for a long time.
  • Deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot in a deeper vein in the leg, due to pooling of blood in the vein. This can be caused by injury or surgery, sitting or lying down for a long time, or a condition that causes blood to clot more quickly.

If you feel like you’re suffering from one of these types of venous disease, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists.  We offer a FREE Vein Screening so you can see if our office is a good fit for you.  We’re here to help. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

The sun’s rays can weaken the upper layers of the skin, zap its moisture and diminish its elasticity. This makes both the skin and the veins just below its surface unable to flex and move properly.

As a result, the veins are unable to keep blood flowing as normal, causing it to pool instead. Plus, frequent exposure to high temperatures can cause blood vessels to expand, placing more stress on valves in the veins. When the valve breaks or doesn’t work efficiently from stress, the blood pools creating spider veins and varicose veins.

TO HELP EASE THE SUMMER SYMPTOMS, FOLLOW THESE TIPS:

  • Apply sunscreen and high SPF moisturizers. Apply everywhere, but especially where thinner skin is more prone to developing tiny spider veins.
  • Cover up. Seek shade if you’ll be outside for long periods of time.
  • Keep hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is great for keeping your skin smooth and clear, too.
  • Wear flats. Summery flats and sandals are more favorable than high heels because they keep your calf muscles pumping blood out of the leg as they flex.
  • Keep moving. Exercises like swimming, surfing and brisk evening walks are best because the coolness helps keep the blood vessels from fully dilating.

Think your veins are feeling the summertime symptoms?  We can help relieve your discomfort. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

 

Tips From Healthwithfood.org.

What is the best diet plan for treating varicose veins, those painful enlarged veins that develop in some women’s legs, especially during and after pregnancy? While a diet plan alone will not cure Varicose Veins, these diet tips can help you prevent and improve varicose veins and spider veins.

Important notice: The information below is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified health care professional for any questions you may have regarding varicose veins or any other medical condition. Premier Vein Specialists is a reputable office ready to help you overcome the pain and health issues associated with venous disease. Schedule a free screening today!

#1:  Restrict Calories Consumed

A high energy intake is associated with an increased risk of varicose veins because it can contribute to the development of obesity and excess body weight. Many people have experienced a dramatic improvement in the appearance of varicose veins by losing as little as 10% of body weight.

#2:  Eat Plenty of Foods Rich in Vitamin C

If you have varicose veins, one of the best diet tips you can follow is to include plenty of foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin E in your daily diet. Vitamin C is needed for the manufacturing of collagen and elastin, two important connective tissues that help keep veins strong and toned, while also increasing circulation.  

#3:  Eat Plenty of Fiber Rich Foods

Dietary fiber is the part of plant foods that the enzymes in your body cannot digest. Soluble fiber forms a gel when mixed with water while insoluble fiber, which does not dissolve in water, passes the intestines largely intact. Due to its ability to make stool bulkier and softer, soluble fiber can prevent constipation. Constipation increases pressure on the veins which can, over time, contribute to the development of varicose veins. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include oats, flaxseed, peas, beans, apples, carrots, barley, berries, and psyllium.

#4:  Drink Enough Water

If you eat a lot of fiber rich foods in order to avoid constipation and varicose veins, be sure to drink enough water or otherwise fiber can have the opposite effect and precipitate constipation, which in turn can increase pressure on the veins. It is also advisable to shy away from alcohol, coffee, and tea as these substances have a dehydrating effect on the body.

#5:  Eat Foods That Contain Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids (or simply flavonoids) are a group of compounds that occur naturally in plants. Some studies have found a link between a high, long-term intake of flavonoids and improvements in the appearance of varicose veins. The beneficial effects of flavonoids are believed to result from their ability to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and to prevent free radical stress inside the vessels.

For more information, make an appointment for a free consultation at Premier Vein Specialists: Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin and may bulge above the surface of the skin. They may be blue, red, or flesh-colored in appearance. These veins usually occur in the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg, but they also can form in other parts of the body. Click to contact us for a free screening.

The Venefit™ procedure utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide consistent and controlled heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to gently collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.

The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.

Make an appointment for a free consultation at Premier Vein Specialists for answers to more specific questions about your condition: Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

 

Varicose veins are weakened, twisted, swollen veins that have become filled with blood. Many people who have them are often embarrassed of the appearance of their legs.

For some, varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue. Schedule a free screening today!

If you have varicose veins you may experience unpleasant, challenging symptoms. With these symptoms it can become difficult to stand, walk, or take part in daily activities:

  • Achy, heavy pressure in your legs
  • Throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your legs
  • Extreme pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time
  • Itching and bleeding
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Skin ulcers

Be sure to pay attention to what you’re feeling, because it may be something more serious than you think. Visit our website for frequently asked questions about varicose veins. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms discussed, see your doctor right away.

Make an appointment for a free consultation at Premier Vein Specialists: Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.

March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month, a public health initiative aimed at raising awareness of this commonly occurring medical condition and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism. Click to contact us for a free screening.

According to the American Heart Association, up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT, more commonly known as blood clots. Yet, most Americans (74 percent) have little or no awareness of DVT, according to a national survey sponsored by the American Public Health Association.

DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm.  The signs and symptoms of a DVT include:

  • Swelling, usually in one leg (or arm)
  • Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or Charlie Horse
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg (or arm) warm to touch

These symptoms of a blood clot may feel similar to a pulled muscle or a “Charlie horse,” but may differ in that the leg (or arm) may be swollen, slightly discolored, and warm.

Make an appointment for a free consultation at Premier Vein Specialists for answers to more specific questions about your condition: Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.