Avena Vascular, an advanced vein treatment facility in Edmonds, WA, is proud to introduce the newest member of the treatment team, Dr. Mark S Kim. Dr. Kim is board certified in Phlebology, the area of medicine dealing with vein disorders, and has 8 years experience in treating patients with venous disease. In addition to the VNUS Closure Procedure, Dr. Kim is an expert in sclerotherapy and the treatment of varicose and spider veins.
Over 25 million people in the United States suffer from symptomatic venous disease. Half of all Americans over 50, and two-thirds of women over 60, have the condition. Some common symptoms of venous disease are:
- Swollen legs and/or ankles
- Aching, tired legs, especially after long periods of standing or sitting
- Poorly-healing wounds
- Varicose veins
- Burning or itching of the skin
- Color and texture changes of the skin
“Contrary to popular belief, venous disease is not merely a cosmetic problem, it can significantly impact one’s quality of living. Fortunately, today’s modern treatments can provide a solution that is quick, relatively pain free, and will allow you to return to your normal activities in a matter of days.”
According to Dr. Kim, heredity is the greatest risk factor for venous disease. If a family member has a history of venous disease, your chances of getting them are significantly higher than normal. Women are more vulnerable to the problem than men, because of the hormonal changes brought on by menstruation, use of birth control pills, and menopause. Pregnancy is an important risk factor as well due to the weakening of the vein walls from circulating hormones and the increase in blood volume. Occupations that require prolonged standing, such as nursing, teaching, or working as a waitress, can predispose someone to develop venous disease. Finally, aging, obesity and leg injury can lead to venous disease. Once it appears, venous disease never goes away by itself – it is a progressive condition that will only worsen until treated.
Avena Vascular is located across the street from Swedish Hospital in Edmonds and offers comprehensive management of venous disease and provides a patient-friendly and clinically-proven solution. Venous ultrasound examinations are available in the same office suite. The ultrasound exams are performed and interpreted by the technologists and associated physicians of Pacific Vascular – a laboratory trusted by over 3000 physicians and nine hospitals in the Puget Sound area.
If you suspect you may have venous disease or varicose veins and would like to attend a free vein screening and office consultation with one of our associate physicians, please call Avena Vascular at 425-686-1895 to make an appointment.