2019 brought us countless stories of our patients finding relief from their vein issues. They were able to have their mobility, comfort, and health restored. Here are five of our favorite before and after stories of our real-life patients from this last year. These priceless photos show their visible healing which is evidence of their internal healing; a testament to our personalized treatments and their amazing spirit!
Even with no family history of vein disease, this 68-year-old man suffered from swelling, pain, skin changes, bulging varicose veins, and even Deep Vein Thrombosis in his legs. He suffered from increasingly worsening symptoms for 18 years until finding relief after a personalized treatment schedule laid out by Dr. Gardner.
Treatments for his venous disease reduced his leg pain, swelling, bulging veins, and even reversed some of the skin changes.
This 61-year-old master mechanic became concerned when his right ankle started to drain periodically, so he scheduled a visit with Dr. Gardner. As a master mechanic, his work requires him to either sit or stand still for long hours. At his consult, he reported a history of venous ulcers, itching, and had visible pigment changes on his skin.
His personalized treatment plan included endovenous laser ablation in which veins are heated from within by a tiny needle stick so they collapse and are eventually reabsorbed by the body. These photos were 10 months after the treatment. The skin improvements are dramatic. His pain and swelling are dramatically reduced and he is now able to work without stopping to take breaks.
As a nurse, this 47-year-old woman came in because she suffered from aching, swelling, heaviness, itching, tenderness, and leg swelling. Not only did she have a family history of venous disease, the long hours she worked on her feet during nursing shifts exacerbated her symptoms. After 9 years of experiencing escalating symptoms, she visited The Vein Institute.
Her personalized treatment plan by Dr. Gardner enabled her to regain energy and pain-free mobility.
Suffering from swelling, pain, throbbing, aching, and worsening varicose veins, this 48-year-old woman came to us seeking relief. She also had experienced a blood clot in her right lower leg during her first pregnancy. While she was able to find some relief with leg elevation and compression, her symptoms were still worsening.
Previously she had tried sclerotherapy but without sufficient results. She decided to come to Dr. Gardner where she received endovenous laser ablation, microphlebectomy (where small nicks are made in the skin and problematic veins are teased out with only local anesthetic necessary to ensure comfort during the process) and sclerotherapy (in which veins are injected so they collapse and are reabsorbed by the body). She reported a decrease in pain, aching, and was thrilled with the improved appearance of her legs.
Unable to sleep solidly through the night because of aching, cramps, itching, heaviness, and restless legs, this 51-year-old female came to The Vein Institute seeking relief.
Her personalized treatment plan from Dr. Gardner included endovenous laser ablation, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. She experienced great relief and is now sleeping better through the night and therefore has more energy on a day-to-day basis.
So that concludes our top 5, but we have so many other amazing stories to see on our website! Did you have your veins treated? We’d love to see your before and after photos of vein treatment. Share them in the comments below!
If you are in the greater Chattanooga area, we would be honored to schedule a free consult for you to find out how you can achieve greater mobility, comfort, and relief with a personalized treatment plan for your vein health.