Surgical procedures can be confusing and include medical terms that are difficult for patients to understand. Without an explanation, you may feel overwhelmed or even anxious about an impending operation. Here we have listed common minimally-invasive vascular surgeries and explained each to help patients better understand upcoming procedures.
What is Lipedema?
Lipedema, also known as lipoedema (and not to be confused with lymphedema), is a disease of inflamed fat cells that affects primarily women. It causes pain and abnormal sensations in the tissues of the legs, hips, and buttocks. It can also affect the arms, although this is less common.
What is NPS?
This stands for the Net Promoter Score. It’s a gauge of the strength of our relationship with our patients. How loyal they are tells us a lot about how they’ll behave in the future.
Specifically, NPS is a loyalty metric that measures how customers answer a single question: “On a scale of 0–10, how likely would you be to recommend a service to a friend or family member?”
Here’s the classic story: I wake up in the mornings and my legs feel pretty good, but as the day goes on, they start to drag. After a few hours on my feet, or behind my desk, my legs start to feel heavy, achy, and tired. Sometimes I even notice swelling in my feet and ankles, especially after a long car trip or a flight. How can I stop these symptoms from interfering with my life and activities?
If this sounds like you, you may be suffering from a common condition called venous insufficiency, also known as venous reflux disease.
Postponing Your Vascular Health
I regularly meet patients that tell me about leg symptoms that have been ongoing for several months to years. A lot of them thought about seeing me sooner, they just didn’t know when to enlist the help of a specialist. Common reasons for postponing vascular care include:
The incidence of asymptomatic deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or blood clot reportedly ranges from 30 to 80%. The incidence for asymptomatic DVT ranges from 0.5% to 4%. There are numerous items that play a role in potential DVT development. The type of surgery, family history, past medical history, and weight are just a few of the factors that are at play in potential DVT development.
Once again, it is time for bed but instead of falling asleep, you’re tossing and turning, trying to get your legs comfortable and relaxed. Your partner sighs, obviously aware of your near-constant wiggling. You wonder if either of you will ever get another good night’s rest.
In a community-based study in China, the overall prevalence of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) was 12.2% in the hyperglycemic population or people who have diabetes. The prevalence of PVD in the diabetics was 15.1%, significantly higher than that of the IGR (Impaired glucose regulation) subjects (7.7%). The rate of intermittent claudication in those with the ABI </= 0.9 was 13.5%. Learn more about the PAD diagnosis using ABI test.
Are You Allergic to Contrast Dyes?
CVM Patients who are allergic to contrast dyes can use a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the atmosphere and human body called Carbon dioxide (CO2). It is often used as venous injection and can also be used on select angiogram procedures. This imaging technique developed in the 1950s and 1960s from animal and clinical studies demonstrated that CO2 was safe and well-tolerated with venous injections.