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F THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1 998 in ii Ynimnnr SI If II III f I tit It 1 i msf ii 1 1 en i ii 1 II II ft ! I II I I JL Ct. jl Jj ; g limes i i i r, " i I Vel. t " : ft--- I i Guylaine Lanctot Cliniques, South Florida's oldest and largest varicose and spider vein treatment centers, welcome all of the new health care providers to the area now offering varicose and spider vein treatment. These new choices can be confusing however, and you should not rely solely upon advertisements in choosing a vein clinic. Before you choose, ask us about our experience, qualifications ad results during a free consultation. Additionally, the following important questions and answers may be of assistance. V V . physician has been in practice (or the number of years a physician claims to have performed a particular procedure.) Find out how many of the suggested procedures the physician performs in a day or a week and what percentage of his or her practice is dedicated to performing the procedure. Is it his or her main concentration? Ask to speak to a patient. Q. Do these procedures hurt? A. The amount of pain an individual experiences will vary, depending upon the person's general tolerance for pain, how extensive the treatments are, which parts of the body are treated, whether complications arise and other factors. Surprisingly, a recent study found that patients treated by sclerotherapy and photothermal (intense pulsed light source) devices noted little if any differ-, ence in the minimal pain between the two procedures, while laser treatment were judges to somewhat more painful. On the other hand, surgery is performed under anesthesia, so you will not feel pain during the procedure but you will likely experience pain near the incision after the anesthesia wears off, and unlike sclerotherapy, it may take several weeks after surgery before you can resume Q. What procedure is best to treat my varicose and spider veins? A. Various methods can be used to eliminate varicose and spider veins, including most commonly, sclerotherapy and surgery. Less common methods are laser treatments, C02 laser and pulsed photothermal (intense pulsed light source) devices which have been used to treat smaller spider veins, especially on the face. You should discuss these alternatives with an experienced and properly trained physicianjjefore deciding. Cost and effectiveness of each vary greatly. Furthermore, some newer treatments and devices are not FDA approved and long term effectiveness'and safety are not known, so shop normal activities. ' ; Q. More much will it cost? A. During your initial consultation with the physician, ask for an opinion as to the total cost for the procedure he or she recommends. You may be surprised at the difference between different health care providers and treatments. Also remember that higher cost doesn't necessarily mean better or longer lasting results. around and ask good questions. Q. What types of doctors provide treatment for varicose and spider veins? A. Phlebology is the study of vein treatment and disorders and is practiced by physicians from many specialties, including vascular surgery, internal medicine, dermatology and general medicine. Although phlebology has been an established medical specialty in the United States for over a decade, board certification is not presentiy available in this field. Consider Guylaine Lanctot Cliniques today. Special ists in tlie treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1969, we liave successfully treated over 100,000 men and women. Our philosophy remains successfully the same - safe and affordable treat , , ment with great results. Our standards also remain tlie same: Highest quality healtlicare, research and development. Q. How do I know if a physician is sufficiently experienced? A. Do not rely solely upon the number of years a Guylaine Lanctot the name you know and trust. Call today for a free educational brochure, video, or a free medical consultation. Guylaine Lanctot Cliniques tm Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment Total Skin Health North Miami Beach 19495 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 204 305-936-5347 Plantation 1 776 N. Pine Island Road Suite 210 954-236-8225 Palm Beach Gardens 3300 PGA Boulevard Suite 310 561-624-5347 Boca Raton 2255 Glades Road Suite 238 West 561-998-8869 THE PTf KT AND W 0THEH Pf RS0N RE SPONSfllf FOB PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY. CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE. EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT WHCH HAS BEEN PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF ANC' WTH 77 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO FREE OR DISCOUNTED Ft SERVICE. EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT.