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Vein Specialists & Vascular Surgeons

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Vein Specialists & Vascular Surgeons

How Do I Know If I Require Vascular Surgery?

How Do I Know If I Require Vascular Surgery?

Maintaining healthy veins is an important part of achieving optimal overall health. If your legs are cramping or you often experience swelling or numbness in your legs, you might have a vascular condition harming your vein circulation or causing vein...

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What Is a Vascular Ultrasound?

What Is a Vascular Ultrasound?

Are you at risk for blood clots? Then you probably know to monitor your legs for signs of swelling or pain. If you suspect a clot could be forming, the most important thing is to take quick action. You need to determine whether you need medical intervention to prevent...

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What Are Venous Ulcers?

What Are Venous Ulcers?

An open sore of any kind is never a pleasant affair, but those that usually form near the ankles present their own unique set of challenges. Called venous ulcers, these slow-healing wounds require a higher standard of care because of the high risk of infection. At...

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Are Spider Veins a Health Risk?

Are Spider Veins a Health Risk?

Spider veins crop up in more than 60% of adults in the United States, usually taking up residence in highly visible areas on your legs and face. While these veins certainly present a cosmetic issue, are they cause for concern? Mostly no, but in some cases,...

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Why Are My Legs Always Feeling Numb?

Why Are My Legs Always Feeling Numb?

There are many problems that can lead to temporary numbness in your legs, from a herniated disc to simply crossing your legs for too long. Chronic issues with leg numbness, on the other hand, may be a sign of something much bigger that involves your vascular health....

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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

People joke about them. People complain about them. And you may know someone who has had surgery or a treatment performed on them. But are varicose veins actually dangerous? Is this a condition that we’re all doomed to experience as we age? Is there any way to avoid...

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How To Prevent Varicose Veins

How To Prevent Varicose Veins

It is undoubtedly important for individuals to maintain healthy veins in order for the body to function properly. This can become challenging as we age. Unfortunately, many women and men will experience some type of venous condition, such as, varicose veins or spider...

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Healthy Eating Equals Healthy Veins

Healthy Eating Equals Healthy Veins

Veins are part of the human vascular system, along with arteries and capillaries. Together, these blood vessels circulate blood from the heart to each part of the body, and then back. For the average human, that’s more than 80 circulations per minute or a staggering...

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, describes a blood clot that forms in a vein located deep within the muscles, most commonly in the legs. Left untreated, these clots can break off and enter the bloodstream, causing dangerous complications such as heart attack and stroke....

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SculpSure™ Body Contouring: Your Questions Answered

SculpSure™ Body Contouring: Your Questions Answered

If you are looking to slim and sculpt troublesome and stubborn abdominal or stomach, muffin top and other bulges of fat, the Advanced Vein and Laser Center of York, PA, offers a new non-invasive body contouring procedure known as SculpSure™. This advanced technology...

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Why Do I Have Spider Veins?

Why Do I Have Spider Veins?

“Why do I have spider veins?” is one of the most common questions our doctors at AVLC hear. Spider veins are enlarged veins that occur most often in the legs. They are similar to varicose veins but usually are smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. They often...

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5 Often Overlooked Varicose Vein Risks

5 Often Overlooked Varicose Vein Risks

1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 3 men suffer from vein problems. If you are a woman or man over the age of 40, it is likely that you have noticed varicose veinson your legs, enlarged and twisted veins near the surface of the skin caused by weakened valves and veins in...

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Keeping Active with Varicose Veins

Keeping Active with Varicose Veins

Will Varicose Veins Interfere With Keeping An Active Lifestyle? What Are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are a medical condition that occurs when veins become twisted or enlarged. While varicose veins are not considered a serious medical problem, they can be unsightly...

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Post-Sclerotherapy Care

Post-Sclerotherapy Care

Congratulations! Now that you’ve had sclerotherapy and made a significant investment in your well-being, you’re well on your way to feeling refreshed and looking rejuvenated. To achieve the best possible results, the AVLC doctors at our Lancaster and York...

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Varicose Vein Discomfort

Varicose Vein Discomfort

Varicose Vein Discomfort Varicose vein discomfort is real. Whether they are visible or not, varicose veins often come with discomfort to those who suffer from them. They are more prominent in the legs than other areas of the body. Aching, tired, “heavy” feeling legs...

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Why do my legs hurt?

Why do my legs hurt?

“Why do my legs hurt” is a question the doctors at AVLC are often asked. Many patients initially suspect their leg pain is due to reasons unrelated to venous conditions. However, many times, patients are found to have varicose veins that are causing their legs to...

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Don’t Ignore Swollen Legs or Ankles

Don’t Ignore Swollen Legs or Ankles

Swollen legs and swollen ankles may be alarming, but in an otherwise healthy person they are usually benign and go away after a few hours. They can be the result of fluid retention caused by sitting or standing in the same place for a long time, as one would on a long...

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The Risks of Untreated Varicose Veins

The Risks of Untreated Varicose Veins

Most people just think of varicose veins as a cosmetic issue. While they may think they are unsightly, few people realize that untreated varicose veins can actually prove to be a serious medical problem. In fact, leaving varicose veins untreated can cause a multitude...

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5 Misconceptions About Venous Disease

5 Misconceptions About Venous Disease

Varicose veins are a venous insufficiency disease that cause veins to become swollen, twisted, and often times painful. This occurs when the veins have become damaged and cannot properly circulate blood throughout the body’s system. Varicose veins are many times found...

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AVLC Now Offers Cosmetic Enhancement Procedures

AVLC Now Offers Cosmetic Enhancement Procedures

Advanced Vein and Laser Center (AVLC), in York, PA, proudly announces that SculpSure® treatments are now available at their York office. SculpSure® is a revolutionary treatment utilizing laser energy to permanently and safely eliminate unwanted fat from key points of...

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Have aching joints but want to stay active?

Have aching joints but want to stay active?

Aching Joints?  Here are great ways for you to stay in shape and out of pain! Joint pain can be annoying and can often limit your physical activity, but there are many exercises and workout programs that accommodate those who have joint pains. A low impact...

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Great Foods For Youthful Looking Skin

Great Foods For Youthful Looking Skin

Apart from exercise and sunscreen that contribute to younger looking skin, your diet also plays an important role in maintaining youthful looking skin. A diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals supports healthy looking skin. Here are some must have foods that...

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The Smartlipo TriPlex Procedure

The Smartlipo TriPlex Procedure

The Smartlipo Triplex procedure is best for treating flabby upper arms, small areas of the neck, face, male breasts, as well as several other areas of lax or loose skin. Unwanted fat is very difficult to get rid of, even with frequent exercise and diet. However, in...

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What Is the Cellulaze™ Cosmetic Procedure?

What Is the Cellulaze™ Cosmetic Procedure?

Cellulaze™ is a minimally invasive, FDA approved cosmetic procedure that treats cellulite. Cellulite is a condition that mainly affects women on their buttocks and thighs. Even though cellulite relates to the disproportionate desposit of fat under skin, most times...

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SculpSure Vs. Coolsculpting

SculpSure Vs. Coolsculpting

SculpSure and CoolSculpting are both FDA approved, fat loss cosmetic procedures. Unlike liposuction, they are both non-invasive procedures. CoolSculpting utilizes a cooling technique called cryolipolysis. It uses very cold temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells....

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Spider Veins 101

Spider Veins 101

What are Spider Veins? Spider veins are small tiny, web like looking veins that appear on the surface of the skin, most commonly on the legs or the face. They can be red, purple or even blue in color. They are caused by structural abnormalities of blood vessels....

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What Is the Precision TX Procedure?

What Is the Precision TX Procedure?

Precision TX is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a laser. It is primarily for contouring areas of the face like jowls, jaw and neck. The procedure gives results similar to that of a conventional facelift. Ideal candidates – males and...

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How Diet Affects Your Veins

How Diet Affects Your Veins

Living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an important factor in lowering the risk of developing various vein conditions such as varicose veins and spider veins. A healthy lifestyle includes eating a well balanced diet along with daily exercise. Certain foods do...

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The Dangers of Varicose Veins

The Dangers of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when the valves inside the veins become damaged or weakened. These valves prevent the backflow of blood within the veins and once damaged causes blood to pool in the veins. Pooling of blood can cause swelling, pain and aching legs. The...

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Pregnancy & Varicose Veins

Pregnancy & Varicose Veins

Pregnancy is a major risk factor for developing varicose veins. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, let’s look at pregnancy’s effect on the veins as well as what steps pregnant women can take to lessen the effects of varicose veins. When a woman is pregnant, the...

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Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

If you have varicose veins, you may wonder what you could have done to prevent them from happening in the first place. Heredity is a main risk factor for developing varicose veins, responsible for 80% of varicose vein disease. If your family history checks out, there...

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Snuff Out Cigarettes for Healthy Veins

Snuff Out Cigarettes for Healthy Veins

We all know that smoking damages the lungs—but have you ever thought about how it affects your veins? Cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, leading to damage of the veins and arteries. Because of this, those who smoke may be more prone to developing varicose or spider...

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4 Dietary Tips for Healthy Veins

4 Dietary Tips for Healthy Veins

Think diet doesn’t affect your venous health? Think again! If you have tired, achy legs, you could be suffering from varicose veins. Varicose veins can be hereditary or they can be caused by gender, pregnancy or spending a lot of time on your feet—but there are...

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"I would like to thank Dr Winand and his staff for a job well done! My legs feel and look so much better!! I had some surgeries like this done by a different doctor in the area without the results I got here. I would recommend coming here for the best results! Thanks again for a job well done!!"

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