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An Interview with Dr. David Park

 

David Park_CroppedA childhood trip to the emergency room inspired Dr. David Park to become a doctor. “It was traumatic for my mother,” he says. “I was taken to the ER, half of my face was split open, and within a few hours, I was sewn up and it healed well. Knowing that the human body can be put back together like that caused me to think about becoming a doctor.”

As he entered medical school, Dr. Park had the idea he would be become a heart surgeon. “I was in awe of working on the human heart,” he says. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1988, graduating with honors, and received a fellowship from the Mid-America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital. After five years as a resident general surgeon and chief general surgeon at Emory University, he moved into private practice and has continued to work in this field since then. In that time, he has also developed a specialized interest in various vein health concerns, which he now treats in his role with VeinInnovations.

While working on the human heart was a major inspiration in his early career, Dr. David Park found that these surgeries became mundane over time. “It was the same operation over and over,” he says. “I was turned off by that.”

General surgery proved to be the perfect solution, him with a varied workload that kept him refreshed and engaged. To broaden his professional and intellectual scope further, Dr. Park branched into vein disorders, which he has found especially gratifying in terms of their mental challenge. Patients come in with a wide range of problems that require individualized treatment. “What I like best is that it’s a fairly rapid process,” Dr. Park says. “Seeing the before and after is gratifying.”

More than cosmetics

In his work with VeinInnovations, Dr. Park regularly meets with patients who hold misconceptions about the vein treatments offered. The most common such misconception is that vein treatments only have cosmetic benefits. “It’s a nice benefit to having this done, but it is significantly more than aesthetics,” Dr. Park says.

Dr. Park enjoys taking time to educate patients on the benefits, and to address their concerns about the treatment process. “The most common concern is how painful this is going to be,” Dr. Park says. “I reassure them that most patients say it is much better than they expected. I’ve had them done myself and I was able to tolerate it and I can attest to and empathize with their fears. But it isn’t going to be as bad as what they are anticipating.”

Through this process, Dr. Park enjoys the ability to sit down and get to know his patients, while also allowing them to learn more about him.

Building relationships

 “I like engaging with patients, and I look forward to helping them feel better and look better, and the process of getting to know them individually over time,” Dr. Park says. “That’s fun. People come from various backgrounds and stories, and then I’ll share my story.”

Since patients often come into the office for a number of appointments before, during and after treatments, there is ample time to strengthen these relationships and make sure each patient gets the attention and experience they deserve. It also helps that VeinInnovations offers a full spectrum of services that can be provided in-office. “I don’t have to send patients off elsewhere,” Dr. Park says. “We perform everything in our office.”

If you are currently suffering with a venous disease or other vein health concerns, contact the VeinInnovations team today to learn more about how we can help.

What Is Chronic Vein Disease?

 

Painful varicose and spider veins on womans legs who is active and working out self-helping herself in overcoming the pain. Vascular disease varicose veins problems active life concept.Chronic venous disease (also known as chronic venous insufficiency) occurs when the veins in the legs do not allow blood to flow efficiently to the heart. Weakened, faulty valves cause blood to pool in the legs. These blood flow issues can lead to other problems that affect vein health. Common vein problems include varicose veins and spider veins, with spider veins being the least serious of the most common vein disorders.

Who’s affected? 

Vein disease is fairly common and can affect anyone. By the age of 55, almost half of men and women suffer from some form of it. . A widely reported statistic estimates that spider veins affect up to 72% of American women and 40% of men. People who work jobs that require them to stand for a long time are more susceptible. But a sedentary lifestyle can also increase risk. Vein problems become more frequent with age, but being female, having a family history of varicose veins, injury, smoking, lack of physical activity, and gaining weight contribute to the disease.

 Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic vein disease affect the legs and ankles and may be uncomfortable or painful. Individuals may experience itching, a heavy feeling one or both legs, cramping and skin sores or ulcers. Other symptoms include swollen ankles, varicose veins and brown-colored or dark-colored skin.

 Prevention

There are no true prevention methods, however, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise are always good habits.  If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, taking regular breaks during the day to walk for a few minutes can help to get the muscle pump in your calf moving again.  If your doctor has prescribed a blood thinner for blood clots, it is imperative to consistently take the medicine as prescribed.

Chronic venous disease is a common medical condition, affecting millions; however, it can be treated. If you have been diagnosed, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Treatment

One conservative treatment option for chronic vein disease is elevating your legs when sitting. If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, your doctor may recommend that you take breaks throughout your day and walk to improve circulation in your legs and feet.

Your doctor may also prescribe compression stockings or socks to reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal skin ulcers.

 Sometimes, lifestyle changes alone are not adequate to treat vein disease. Fortunately, vein specialists, such as those at VeinInnovations, offer a variety of treatment options that are virtually pain-free. After a thorough consultation and diagnosis, board-certified physicians will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. VeinInnovations offers state-of-the-art approaches to the treatment of vein diseases, including non-surgical procedures.

If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic venous disease, contact VeinInnovations today to schedule a consultation with our caring team of vein care specialists.

Meet Our Medical Director, Dr. Darrell Caudill

Dr. Caudill - his fave[1] smallerHow does a distinguished cardiovascular surgeon known for his remarkable innovations in his field spend his retirement years? How about by continuing to follow his passion for helping those who suffer from venous disease? In his post-retirement years, after devoting more than 40 years treating those with cardiovascular disease, Dr. Darrell Caudill was excited to take on the medical director role at VeinInnovations in 2011.

Board-certified in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Caudill is well-known in the Atlanta medical community. Over the course of his career, he practiced cardiovascular surgery at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and served for many years as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. After retiring from his surgical practice, Dr. Caudill joined VeinInnovations to continue his quest to help those who suffer from venous disease.

Always one to follow his dreams, Dr. Caudill knew at a young age that he wanted to be a doctor. Inspired by his uncles who were physicians, Dr. Caudill attended University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he soon discovered his interest in cardiovascular surgery. One afternoon during his first year in medical school, as he took a break from an anatomy class, he wandered into a lab conducting preliminary research into open-heart surgery. “Seeing that investigative work during my first few weeks of medical school started it all,” he says. Within a few months, Dr. Caudill was working for the chair of the cardiovascular surgery department and exposed to the field of cardiovascular surgery on a daily basis.

Saving lives

After graduation, Dr. Caudill served his country as an Army surgeon during the Vietnam War. His time at the 17th Field Army Hospital in Ahn Khe, Vietnam, helped him hone his surgical skills and taught him to never accept what seems like a limitation when it comes to helping patients.

“Vietnam opened my eyes to the fact that there are no limits to the things we can pursue when solving difficult problems,” he says. “With all the mass causalities I saw, I realized I had to extend my limits and my abilities and sometimes improvise to come up with a successful outcome for my patients.”

Expanding boundaries

Never one to stop expanding boundaries, Dr. Caudill began the cardiac surgical program at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, and was the first surgeon in Georgia to use intra-aortic balloon therapy, a procedure that has saved countless lives and is currently used over 70,000 times a year in the United States. He continues his quest for innovation by participating in the development of a revolutionary new venous disease treatment called BASIS. This therapy avoids the use of heat and therefore reduces the discomfort patients feel, since BASIS eliminates the need for additional injected anesthetics. Striving to help patients live happier, more active lives with less pain, Dr. Caudill is currently completing the investigational trial for BASIS at VeinInnovations Sandy Springs.

“I realize one of the greatest barriers to seeking care for venous disease is fears about pain related to treatment and fear of the unknown,” he says. “I am even more excited about BASIS because, by eliminating the need for additional injections of anesthesia, we have significantly reduced discomfort for our patients.”

Joining VeinInnovations

Dr. Caudill was drawn to VeinInnovations because of their long history of providing high-quality treatment. They are one of the first practices in Georgia to offer services for those with venous disease. As Medical Director of VeinInnovations, Dr. Caudill says one of the most exciting parts of his work is being able to improve the quality of life for his patients.

“Seeing a patient’s legs go from swollen, brown and unsightly to an almost normal appearance and more importantly, to feeling normal, is one of the greatest things about being here. Daily, I am struck by the tremendous improvement we can provide in the lives of our patients,” he says.

Dr. Caudill brings his significant knowledge of vascular disease to his work at VeinInnovations. His deep understanding of the pathology of venous disease is especially helpful in assessing patients and helping develop individualized treatment plans.

“I know patients want a one-step cure, but the causes of venous disease are complicated and the treatment requires a multi-phase and individualized approach. However, patients soon discover that it was all worth it when they see and feel the results.”

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Caudill enjoys golfing, reading and traveling with Helen, his wife of 20 years. With three sons all graduates of the University of Georgia, Dr. Caudill is also an avid Bulldogs’ fan.

If you or someone you love is suffering with venous disease, please contact us today and learn how Dr. Caudill and the team at VeinInnovations can help.

 

Why Is Winter the Best Time to Have Your Veins Treated?

winter vein treatment

Many people don’t give a lot of thought to their varicose veins during the winter. They’re wearing long pants and likely engaging in less physical activity such as golf, biking and swimming where their legs are exposed. However, winter is actually the best time to get a varicose vein treatment.

It may take a bit of time after a vein removal treatment to see the results. Therefore, if you want to be beach-ready this summer, this is an excellent time to have your varicose veins removed.  When spring and summer months roll around, your legs will feel and look their best.

No One Will Notice Your Compression Socks

Many times, we prescribe compression socks to our patients to wear before treatment due to insurance company requirements. We also prescribe them post procedure to help the blood circulate as it should after the damaged veins are closed. In the cooler months, it’s easier to wear these without anyone noticing that you have them.  Also, it is much harder to wear thicker compression garments during the summer months in the Atlanta heat. 

Contact Us Today

Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation at one of our conveniently-located Atlanta vein care centers. We look forward to helping you have the best legs possible when spring and summer roll around.

 

The Pros and Cons of Sclerotherapy

 

jeune-femme-sportive-jogging Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment that’s been around since the 1930s, but it’s advanced considerably over the years. The sclerotherapy vein treatment procedure that we use at VeinInnovations is minimally invasive.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution (called sclerosant) into each damaged vein using a micro needle. That solution used at VeinInnovations is painless and causes the vein to collapse. It is naturally absorbed into the bloodstream. Meanwhile, blood automatically redirects to the healthy veins, improving circulation.

Sclerotherapy is one of many treatment options that we offer at our Atlanta vein centers. After a thorough ultrasound diagnosis, we will recommend the best type of treatment for you. If we believe that sclerotherapy is a good option, we will, of course, give you the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision. Following are a few:

Pros of Sclerotherapy

  • No anesthesia is required, and patients report little if any discomfort during or after the procedure.
  • It’s recognized as a safe and effective medical treatment for spider veins, and is even being covered by most insurance companies if disease is found.
  • The injections are booked in 15 or 30 minute increments and generally requires no downtime afterwards.

Cons of Sclerotherapy

  • It’s generally recommended only for small varicose veins and spider veins. For patients with larger varicose veins, our Atlanta vein specialists will often recommend one of our laser or radio-frequency ablation procedures.
  • As with many vein procedures, more than one treatment may be required. We can let you know how many treatments you’ll need if we recommend sclerotherapy for you.
  • Some patients experience temporary redness, bruising or swelling at the injection site. This usually fades within a few days.
  • If a strong concentration of sclerosant is needed, there may be some discoloration or scaring afterwards, but that’s uncommon.

Contact Us to Find Out If Sclerotherapy Is Right for You

Call us or fill out our quick and easy online contact form to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Atlanta vein centers. We’ll help you determine the best vein treatment to get your legs looking and feeling their best.

“Nose to Toes” Event at Vein Innovations Midtown

We were thrilled at the amount of attendees at our Nose to Toes event on July 14. We partnered with our friends, Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery to help promote each other’s practices and our new presence in the Midtown community.

Thanks to Atlanta area businesses like Woo Skincare, Cosmetics Atlanta and Exhale spa, we were able to give away some fabulous prizes to help people feel better from “Nose to Toes” in addition to complimentary screenings and sclerotherapy demonstrations by our Atlanta vein specialists at VeinInnovations.

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Popular Varicose Vein Treatment Myths

In our time as Atlanta vein specialists, we have heard a wide variety of myths that people believe about varicose vein treatment. We want to dispel some of the more popular and pervasive of these myths.

Any doctor is qualified to treat varicose veins.

All doctors have specialties, so the simple truth is that not all doctors have the experience needed to treat varicose veins. Your general physician may be qualified to examine your varicose veins, but they will typically recommend that you see a vein specialist for treatment. Click here to read more »