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What does it mean when a vein blows?

Your veins obviously play an essential role in your circulation, carrying blood back to the heart after it’s been delivered to the organs and tissues throughout the rest of your body. But that’s just one function they serve. Just as veins carry blood, they can also carry medicine, typically delivered through an IV or hypodermic needle. In most cases, injecting a vein causes no problems; the needle punctures one side of the vein and delivers the medication without any complications.

But sometimes, the needle used during an injection or other vascular treatment or procedure can wind up damaging the vein, sometimes puncturing it on both sides or causing other types of vein problems to occur. In these instances, blood leaks out of the vein, causing swelling, bruising and tenderness. This is what’s called a “blown vein,” and once a vein is “blown,” it cannot be used to deliver medication or to draw blood until it’s completely healed.

Varicose Vein Treatment and Blown Veins

Since most varicose vein treatment options involve inserting needles or catheters into your veins, it’s natural to be worried about “blowing” an otherwise healthy vein. But fortunately, with an experienced vein doctor at the helm, you can put those fears to rest. Vein doctors use special imaging techniques like ultrasound to “map out” veins, especially in difficult-to-treat cases, helping to ensure the needles, catheters and other instruments they use are properly inserted and pose no risk to healthy vein tissue.

In addition to advanced imaging techniques, there’s one more way you can make sure your vein treatment goes smoothly: Choose a vein doctor with substantial experience in treating your condition and in using a variety of vein treatment techniques. Vein doctors with extensive experience understand the challenges of specific types of vein surgery, especially as they related to variations in patient anatomy. Having an experienced doctor is one more way to feel more confident about your vein treatment procedure and about your results and long-term outcome.

Take the next step toward better vein health.

As a leading provider of vein surgery and other vein health services, the Vein and Vascular Institute of New Jersey is committed to helping patients in Voorhees, Sewell, Vineland, and Lumberton get the most appropriate care and treatment based specifically on their unique needs. Dr. Charles Dietzek is skilled in performing in-depth vein evaluations and state-of-the-art treatments aimed at providing optimal results and better vascular health. If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins or if you’re at risk for vascular disease, having a vein evaluation is the first step toward making sure your circulatory system is as healthy as possible. To schedule your consultation and evaluation, call the Vein and Vascular Institute of New Jersey today at 856-309-8346.

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