Film critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Roger Ebert once said, “The Internet is wonderful – you can find information about anything there. And some of it is even true.” If you have ever tried to search the Internet for useful information about a health condition that troubles you, chances are you know how true this statement is first-hand. Yes, you can find a lot of information, but 1) you don’t really know who wrote it, 2) you’re not sure if it’s relevant to your condition, and 3) you don’t even know whether it’s true or not. Our vein treatment center in Hawaii weighs in.
The problem is “too much information” and “too little specificity”
Just to give you an example, just before I started writing this article, I typed the words “vein disease” into Google. I received 3,260,000 “hits” on this phrase. So where should I start? Which of these links contain information that will be useful to me, and which do not? If I narrow my search to look for a specific symptom that many people use when searching for the best vein treatment center in Hawaii – “swollen legs and ankles” – I get fewer overall hits, but looking through the Top Ten results I find listed as potential causes of this symptom “kidney disease, liver failure, congestive heart failure, preeclampsia, and glomerulonephritis.” All of these conditions are rare, and there is not a word about the most common cause of swollen legs and ankles, which is vein disease.
The most common misinformation you’ll find about vein disease
If you spend a little time searching the Internet about vein disease, three pieces of “information” keep popping up: 1) that vein disease isn’t very widespread or prevalent, 2) that it affects primarily women, and 3) that it’s not very serious and is “primarily a cosmetic problem.” None of these supposed “facts” are true.
First, it is estimated that over half of the American population over the age of 50 has some form of vein disease, so #1 is blatantly false. Second, vein disease can affect anyone at any age, male or female, so #2 is false, too. And finally, FAR from being “just cosmetic,” untreated vein disease often leads to complications that can leave you in constant pain or even disabled. Yes, varicose veins are unattractive, so there is a cosmetic aspect of vein disease, but the complications that arise from varicose veins include chronic weakness and tiredness in your legs, and open, bleeding sores called leg ulcers that are so painful that you can be left unable to stand or walk.
The worst misinformation is that vein disease is difficult to diagnose and treat
Again, neither of these “facts” are true. Vein disease can be diagnosed in under an hour in a painless, non-invasive venous health screening. And if the screening finds that you have vein disease, eliminating it is almost as fast and painless. Both diagnosis and treatment take advantage of non-invasive technologies such as ultrasound to look below the surface of the skin, and minimally-invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy to eliminate vein problems without the need for invasive surgery, hospitals, and general anesthesia. The reality of modern varicose vein treatment options in Hawaii is that they are so fast and gentle that you can literally have your varicose veins removed on your lunch hour.
So if you want to find out real facts about vein disease without fear of being exposed to misinformation, spend some time looking at our vein treatment center in Hawaii. Then pick up your phone and call Dr. Randall S. Juleff at Vein Clinics of Hawaii and ask your questions directly.