This article first appeared in the October 13th edition of Mimi Vanderhaven Magazine

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care

Did you spend your summer doing less than you wanted to do because of leg pain, swelling, restlessness or fatigue? This past summer, many people in Northeast Ohio found themselves sitting on a bench at Cedar Point Amusement Park instead of sashaying the midway with their families, or staying glued to an umbrella chair rather than taking leisurely walks on the beach.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Right now—in autumn—is a perfect time to begin varicose vein treatment for a more active and comfortable summer next year. Not only are the kids back in school (so you have time to focus on yourself), but many patients have finally met their insurance deductible for the year.

In addition, medical insurance companies typically have a six-week to three-month compression stockings requirement, and even today’s stylish stockings can be a bit more comfortable in the fall and winter.

And unlike old-school procedures like vein stripping—which can cause pain, scarring, bleeding, infections or long recovery times—today’s qualified physicians use lasers and other high-tech systems to treat varicose veins easily with virtually none of these concerns. In fact, most of my patients return to work the same day of treatment.

So please consult a vein specialist now if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic leg pain
  • Fatigue (don’t want to walk upstairs)
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Leg cramps
  • Swelling
  • Blood clots

Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-710-1140.


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