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Phlebology - Treating Varicose Veins and Spider Vein Problems

Author: Disabled World

Published: 2011-01-23

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Phlebology is the branch of medicine devoted to the study of modern ways of treating varicose vein and spider vein problems.

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Phlebology is the branch of medicine devoted to the study of modern ways of treating varicose vein and spider vein problems.

Diagnostic techniques used include the history and physical examination, venous imaging techniques and laboratory evaluation related to venous thromboembolism.

Venous insufficiency is the most common disorder of the venous system, and is usually manifested as spider veins or varicose veins.

Several varieties of treatments are used, depending on the patient's particular type and pattern of veins and on the physician's preferences. Treatment can include radiofrequency ablation, vein stripping, ambulatory phlebectomy, foam sclerotherapy, lasers, or compression.

The American Medical Association has added phlebology to their list of self-designated practice specialties. A medical specialist in Phlebology is termed a Phlebologist. A related image is called a phlebography.

Several associations have also been in existence for quite some time to support the study of phlebology.

The American College of Phlebology (ACP) is a professional organization of physicians and healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds. ACP meetings are conducted to facilitate learning and sharing of knowledge regarding venous disease. The equivalent body for countries in the Pacific is the Australasian College of Phlebology, active in Australia and New Zealand - www.phlebology.org

The American Venous Forum (AVF) is the leading academic international consortium of venous and lymphatic specialists dedicated to improving patient care. The highest-quality research in clinical and basic sciences is reported at the AVF annual meetings, along with the reports on new developments in diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases. The main body of the AVF consists of vascular surgeons and other physicians who specialized in management of not only simple varicose veins but the whole spectrum of venous and lymphatic diseases from congenital abnormalities to deep vein thrombosis to chronic venous diseases - veinforum.org

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