Our redesigned and expanded web site continues to offer our patients, and other medical professionals, a comprehensive repository of educational information about the symptoms and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
The new redesign offers pertinent and critical information any patient or clinical professional would like to know in both a text format and video. The navigational tabs at the top allow for quick referencing and loading of information. Many of the procedural videos were shot in our clinic, so you will have a true feel for all the steps in the treatment of venous disease and what your experience will be like.
Some of the many highlights are:
- Media Center – New procedure videos with higher resolution production quality for viewing.
- Symptom Q & A Fliers – Expanded symptoms review with links to a series of Q & A fliers.
- Patient Portal – this will allow both our patients and their primary care physician total access to their records, treatment notes, and video of their ultrasound used for diagnosis and treatment plans.
- Dr. Johnson Welcome Video – Bo outlines his vision and mission for Rocky Mountain Vein Clinics.
- Doctor’s & Staff – We introduce the staff at both of our clinics, so you can see and familiarize yourself with the individuals who will be treating you when you visit.
- Newsletter Access & Sign Up – You can access our current or past newsletters and register to receive our future informative news updates. It’s a great way to stay current on our new services and treatments.
- Images – We feature new images of both the interior and exterior of our clinics, which will give you a good feel for the warm, comfortable treatment environment that you will experience.
Visit our new website today or follow us on Facebook for all the current news and updates. If you ever have any questions regarding your legs or symptoms, please call, we are always glad to answer your questions or concerns.
What’s important to know about blood clots?
Blood clots in leg veins are a fairly common health problem in this country that can lead to serious health complications. Luckily, there are some simple preventative
measures one can follow to decrease the risk of a blood clot.
There are two different types of blood clots that can occur in leg veins.
Dr. Seu, MD FACS. The difference is important because one is much more serious than the other.
The more common type develops in the superficial or surface veins of the legs. Clots in the superficial veins can cause lumps in the skin that are painful, red, and often hot, but are not harmful in that they don’t break loose and travel to the lungs. However, they can cause significant discomfort and may be indicative of underlying vein problems.
The second type occurs in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis and is known as deep venous thrombosis, or DVT. Deep vein blood clots can break loose, travel to the lungs and can potentially be life threatening. They typically cause leg swelling and pain, and should be diagnosed by an ultrasound. If they travel to the lungs, they can cause shortness of breath, chest pain or potential heart problems and should be treated as a medical emergency. Newly discovered deep vein blood clots need to be treated immediately with blood thinning medication.
Risk factors for leg clots include sitting in one place for a long time such as sedentary office work, long car or plane rides, immobilization after injury or surgery, pregnancy, certain medications, genetic predisposition, certain diseases such as cancer, and diseased or injured veins. People who have had one blood clot are at an increased risk of another in the future and people with a family history of blood clots are also at increased risk. When a person has had a blood clot in the past, this can often times lead to future varicose veins and other vein problems. Varicose veins are usually a sign of underlying circulation problems in the leg veins which can predispose someone to blood clots.
Prevention of blood clots Anyone (even people without predisposing conditions) can experience leg blood clots and should be aware of preventive measures. One of the most basic and simple preventive measures is to use leg muscles frequently. People with occupations that require prolonged periods of sitting or standing should attempt to take short walks every hour. Even just getting up from the chair and walking down the hallway and back helps. Try to take frequent walking breaks during car or plane rides. If it is necessary to sit for long periods of time, use leg muscles by flexing and extending your ankles or moving feet in circles. Another preventive measure is compression stockings…
What’s important to know about blood clots? continued…
…which work by improving the circulation in the leg veins. Proper fitting done by an experienced person is important to maximize the benefits of compression stockings. It is also very important to wear compression stockings on a long term basis if a person has had a vein clot in the past.
Chronic leg pain, restlessness, fatigue, swelling or noticeably visible leg veins may be signs of underlying vein problems and consultation with a vein specialist is advisable. Recent advances in vein care have produced minimally invasive treatments with little to no down time for patients. The treatments improve leg health and are covered by medical insurance plans. Treatment of vein problems will make legs feel better and decrease the risk of serious complications such as deep vein blood clots.
Technology Driving Patient Care
This year, when RMVC launched its new Website, it included an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) portal. This innovative technology provides our patients, and their primary care physician’s, instant access to their medical and ultra- sound records at any time. For many of our patients, who live in rural Montana or Wyoming, this gives real peace-of-mind, knowing that their primary care physician, who may not be in Billings or Cody, can access their RMVC records, if necessary, any time of day or night. RMVC has taken the lead in providing this recently emerging technology to its patients. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our patient’s experience and produce the best possible outcomes for them,” said Dr. Johnson. “By always looking ahead, we’re in a position to take advantage of the very latest technological advancements as they emerge.”
RMVC’s EMR system simplifies access to medical records for both patients and their primary care providers. A simple username and password can be used to login to the portal from either the Home page or the For Patients page of the website. Simply contact the RMVC office to set up login information and gain immediate access to medical records, ultrasound recordings (available to doctor’s only), and doctor’s notes.
“We’re proud of what we’ve done for our patients in Wyoming and Montana,” said Dr. Johnson, “We face unique demands from our patients because of their rural location. When new technology offers us solutions that improve patient care and access, closing the distance between us, we will embrace it and utilize it.”
Indeed, the EMR portal not only allows the geographically disparate Cody and Billings offices to share records electronically, it also permits RMVC to send patient prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy of their choice. It is this willingness to look forward, anticipate and welcome change, combined with setting the highest standards for patient care that has resulted in RMVC’s leadership position in the marketplace.