In today’s medical world a new specialty is emerging, Phlebology. The Phlebologist is a medical specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of venous origin. The specialty of Phlebology has developed to enable physicians with a variety of backgrounds such as: dermatology, vascular surgery, hematology, general surgery or general medicine, to share knowledge and experience. Not only do they share an interest in venous disease but also in diagnostic techniques used. This includes the history and physical examination, venous imaging techniques and laboratory evaluation related to venous diseases.
A significant part of a Phlebologist’s work deals with the treatment of superficial venous disease, usually of the leg. Conditions often treated include varicose veins and Telangiectasia (spider veins). Other conditions managed by Phlebologists include deep venous thrombosis (DVT), superficial thrombophlebitis, chronic leg ulceration (venous ulcer), and venous malformations.
The American College of Phlebology(ACP) is a professional organization of physicians and health care professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The American College of Phlebology holds meetings to enable the continuing education and sharing of knowledge regarding venous disease. There are other equivalent bodies of learning around the world.
There are two general treatment options for varicose veins: conservative measures (non-invasive), such as compression stockings, and corrective measures such as sclerotherapy,
endovenous procedures, and light-based treatment. In some cases, a combination
of treatment methods works best. Untreated varicose veins may lead to adverse consequences. The consequences may vary in their severity from person to person depending on the circumstances. Many people who have untreated varicose veins will experience continued symptoms of pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs or ankles. More advanced medical problems may include hyper pigmentation (reddish skin), lymphedema, venous leg ulcers, spontaneous bleeding, superficial thrombophlebitis, and a potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis.
Phlebologists use compression stockings in the range of 20-30 mmHg or greater. They know the importance of proper fitting support hose in managing their patients’ venous disease. Our manufacturers of support hose have made it so much easier for us to find a garment which fits our clients’ lifestyle and body measurements. As we always say “They don’t look like the stockings your grandmother wore”. They come in styles which range from pretty and sheer to dress socks for men and athletic socks for men and women. Just call one of the Certified Fitters at Support Hose Store (1-800-515-4271) and they will assist you in the proper garment and fit.
Be sure to check out our link above to the American College of Phlebology. It is a treasure chest of information for you in the treatment of your venous disease.