QUESTION: How should I prepare for my procedure?
Gary: When patients prepare for their procedure at Vein Institute of Connecticut, they should be well hydrated, sticking to around 32 ounces of clear liquid either water or sports drinks. Patients should stay away from any caffeine beverage, whether it’s coffee, soda or tea.
QUESTION: Will it hurt?
Gary: Between all the procedures that we offer, typical sensations that patients feel are pinches, pressure and a slight stinging sensation. Typically no pain has been reported.
QUESTION: What about post procedural care?
Gary: Post procedural care is pretty much the same for all our procedures. Patients are require to wear compression stockings between 1 to 2 weeks. Walk 30 to 40 minutes everyday to promote circulation. Avoid lounging and squatting and try not to pick up anything over 40 pounds and try to stay away from any kind of precipitating factor. Precipitating factors include hot tubs, hot showers, hot baths, sauna, jacuzzi, things of that nature.
QUESTION: What does the initial consultation consist of?
Gary: The initial consultation consist of the patient first filling out some paper work. This paper work allows us to get a little brief history about yourself, your family history and any kind of surgical history. Once completed, the patient is escorted into the room, either by a medical assistant or a nurse. The patient will then be ask to change into a pair of our shorts. These shorts allow us to visualize the legs to start the consultation. The paper work will then be reviewed with either the medical assistant or a nurse. Once that is complete, the doctor then will enter the room to finish the consultation.
QUESTION: How are you different from other vein clinics?
Gary: One major difference I feel is the amount of personal time that we spent with each patient and the staff really gets along, we’re like one big happy family.