05 Jan 2019

IT’S A LITTLE-KNOWN SECRET THAT PATIENTS CAN GET THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DIRECTLY FROM A DRUGMAKER

      By Sarah Jane Tribble   Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent by Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen

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03 Jan 2019

KENNETH OSORIO, MD: A successful vein specialist leads missions of mercy to Caraz, Peru

  By John A. Chuback, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT, RPhS   Kenneth Osorio, MD, is a successful phlebologist and the medical director of Advanced Vein Center, a very active clinical practice in Mesa, Arizona. Despite his many professional accomplishments, he has not forgotten his roots; nor has Dr. Osorio forgotten

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03 Jan 2019

TREATING TORTUOUS VEINS: ‘I have chosen not to treat my patients…by administering PCF’

  By Eric Wellons, MD As a physician who treats patients with varicose veins, I have a variety of tools at my disposal that can relieve the significant disability brought on by the symptoms of this common vascular condition, such as achiness and a “heavy” feeling in the legs. In

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02 Jan 2019

MARVELS OF THE VEIN AND VASCULAR DIAGNOSTICS CENTER

By Javier Calderon, RVT Imagine if you or your close family member has struggled with pain for months, even years, with no relief. This constant pain, itching swelling and general feeling of heaviness in the lower legs can severely alter a person’s lifestyle and make life extremely miserable. Now imagine

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11 Dec 2018

BOOK REVIEWS: ‘A GUIDE TO TREATING FACE VEINS’

 ‘A Wonderful Resource’   By Joseph D. Raffetto, MD “A Guide to Treating Face Veins” is a wonderful resource and compilation of work by Dr. Ronald Bush and Mrs. Peggy Bush. Facial veins are uncommonly treated in most clinical practices but is a common problem among patients who seek medical

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14 Nov 2018

SUPERFICIAL THROMBOPHLEBITIS IN PREGNANCY: PRACTICE CHALLENGES WITH NO ENTIRELY COMPLETE GUIDELINES

By Manu Aggarwal There are a few things that make me take a longer pause in venous medicine. Of all venous disease complications, one of the top concerns is the pregnant patient. In the last year, I have seen a handful of pregnant patients with variable superficial venous thrombophlebitis (SVT)

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13 Jun 2018

CASE STUDY: MANAGING PERSISTENT SWELLING AFTER ENDOVENOUS ABLATION

  By Tim Crawlield I have practiced phleboloby for six years and I learned early in my career that patients with swelling in the lower extremities — swelling that cannot be contained by elastic graduated compression stockings — do not benefit from endovenous ablations. My general rule of thumb is

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10 Apr 2018

VARITHENA IS AN ELEGANT SOLUTION FOR C6 ULCER

At 4 months post-treatment, Tom’s wound remained closed and he stated that he was very satisfied with the treatment.     By Kenneth Otah, MD, MSc, FACC Patients with venous ulcers make up over up more than 70 percent of nonhealing ulcers. By the time these patients are referred to

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26 Mar 2018

ABDOMINAL BINDER: Help with the heavy lifting

  By Casi White, RDMS, and James E. White, MD, FACS, PVRI   We have all been there, attempting to get a good ultrasound window with transverse and longitudinal views of the saphenous femoral junction and proximal great saphenous vein while fighting the downward drift of a huge abdominal pannus or

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