One of our key missions at RMVC is to educate both the public and medical staff in the marketplaces in which we practice. Since 2006, we continue to attract a large number of patients from the rural markets in both Montana and Wyoming. It is not uncommon for our patients to travel five or six hours to visit one of our clinics in Billings or Cody. Because of this growing demand, we decided to offer an initial vein screening in one of our busier rural markets that is centrally located, Sidney, Montana.
We chose Sidney, Montana because of the high number of patients we have treated over the years from Sidney and the surrounding areas. On May 15th, we offered a vein screening at the Sidney Health Center.
During that screening we offered:
- Patient consultation and medical review
- Ultrasound to confirm existence of venous disease
- Discuss treatment options with patients
We are pleased to announce that the program was a great success and we had a marvelous turnout. That kind of response proves that the demand exists and has inspired us to offer a full rural outreach clinic once a month in Sidney beginning August 23 at 214 14th Ave. SW, Suite 106.
With over six thousand vein procedures performed, RMVC is the regional leader in vein care. “Our philosophy is one of putting patient care and education first,” said Dr. “Bo” Johnson, “Our rural outreach clinic is intended to make it easier for those living in our rural areas, who believe they might be suffering from venous disease, to seek treatment.”
What will our rural outreach clinics offer?
Our rural outreach clinic will provide the following services for new and existing patients from Sidney and the surrounding area. These clinics will include follow-up consultations and patient updates for existing patients. Our rural outreach clinic will provide many of the same comprehensive clinical services that are provided in our Billings and Cody clinics. We will not be able to perform any of the Laser or Venefit RFA procedures. We plan initially see new and existing patients for office visits and ultrasounds. We hope to add more services in the future.
- Initial consultation: discussion of your symptoms, medical history, heredity, lifestyle and current profession.
- Thorough medical exam.
- Ultrasound vein mapping to evaluate the extent of venous disease.
- Discuss your treatment options with the doctor.
- Decide on a treatment plan (major procedures will be done at our Billings clinic).
- Discuss long-term treatment and management of your venous disease.
- Follow-up consultations
- Follow-up ultrasounds
- Discussion of long-term care management
Who Should Consider Treatment?
Individuals who suffer from symptoms of Varicose Veins, including;
- Aching/Throbbing • Restless/Tired
These symptoms will continue to worsen if not treated. The earlier vein disease is recognized and treated, the better the treatment results and long-term management of the disease will be.
Visit our comprehensive educational website: www.rockymountainveinclinic.com to learn more about the symptoms of vein disease, the treatments available, watch a procedure, review case studies and learn more about our highly talented staff.
Dr. Johnson provides Vein Seminar for Area Doctors
Concurrent with RMVC’s Vein Screening in Sidney in May, Dr. Johnson offered a Vein Seminar. “Educating other physicians about vein disease, its symptoms, lifestyle and hereditary issues, treatment, and long-term management are critical to our successful treatment,” said Dr. Johnson, “With recognition and understanding of these issues and conditions, we are much more likely to see patients in a timely manner and be able to treat them before the condition worsens.”
Dr. Johnson gave a 45-minute presentation which included covering:
- Symptoms of Vein Disease
- Risk Factors for Vein Disease
- Lifestyle and Professional Factors
- Vein Treatments Available
- Importance of Early Recognition
- Long-Term Management of Vein Disease
Dr. Johnson then fielded individual doctors, and other medical staff
Dispelling the Myths of Varicose Veins
|Varicose Veins are a cosmetic issue and don’t need to be treated.||True||False|
|Spider veins are the same thing as varicose veins.||True||False|
|Genetics and age are common factors in the development of varicose veins. 4. Men are not at risk for developing varicose veins.||True||False|
|Men are not at risk for developing varicose veins.||True||False|
|Varicose veins treatments are just too expensive to consider.||True||False|
|Compression stockings and elevation of the feet are cures for varicose veins. 7. Varicose veins can be a result of prolonged standing.||True||False|
|Varicose veins can be a result of prolonged standing.||True||False|
- False – Varicose veins, though often thought of as a cosmetic nuisance, can actually progress to a more serious form of vein disease.
- False – Spider veins, like varicose veins, are caused by dysfunctional vein valves. However, spider veins appear as a nest of blue or red veins just under the surface of the skin, and typically do not bulge above the skin’s surface like varicose veins.
- True – Genetics and age are common factors in the development of varicose veins.
- False – Men, though less likely than women to develop varicose veins, are at risk for experiencing varicose veins as well as more severe symptoms.
- False – Because varicose veins are recognized as clinical conditions, most insurance plans will cover treatment.
- False – Although compression stockings provide graduated compression from the ankle up to the knee or thigh to help stop excess blood from flowing backward, they only help to manage symptoms and do not provide a cure.
- True – Those spending the entire day on their feet are at higher risk for developing varicose veins.