Monday, March 31, 2014

Take a Walk on the Wild Side!


The AMI Foundation with Dr. Robert Glassberg is proud to be the Corporate Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties first ever Wild Walk for Kids!  

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization dedicated to helping children realize their own potential and building better futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is the nations largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. That means, they would not be a success with out the help of local volunteers, donors, and partners within the community. 

By joining us for The Wild Walk for Kids you will be making a difference in the lives of children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. We invite you to join us at the beautiful Cape May County Zoo and Park on Saturday April 5th, 2015 for a day full of fun, animals, food, music & more!

Registration will begin at 10am and is followed by a 2 mile walk on the beautiful park grounds. Hang around after the walk for lunch and fun activities for the whole family!
 
Register to walk & Join Team AMI, or donate today! 
For more information on signing up please visit:  http://www.wildwalkforkids.org/

A Big Thank You for Your Support!

The AMI Foundation would like to thank everyone that supported the 4th Annual Images of Springtime Fashion Show and Luncheon. We had another successful event this year, with over 150 attendees, and raised much needed funding for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. 

Here are a few photo's from the days fun event! 














Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Don't Wait to Show Off Your Legs!

For the month of March we have focused on venous disease and treatments available at The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical Imaging for those suffering from varicose or spider veins. 

Dr. Michael Schmidling answered your most popular questions questions in our previous posts, It's Time to Show Off Those Legs!, Are Your Legs Summer Ready?, & Start Loving Your Legs Again!. In this segment he continues covering information on who can schedule a consultation appointment, insurance coverage, and what to expect with your first appointment. 


Who should consider scheduling a consultation appointment?


If there are symptoms that concern you such as leg heaviness and aching, restless legs, night cramps, or swelling,  now is the time to schedule a consultation. Often, after a few brief screening questions, we can schedule a free consultation appointment with one of our physicians. 

Are men at risk for venous disease? 

Although varicose and spider veins are more common in women, men are also at risk to develop them. As with women, the risk is greater with age.

What can a patient expect from their first visit? 

If there are no bulging veins, patients are typically scheduled for a complimentary consultation. Patients will be seen in our vein center in Galloway Twp or Hammonton. If sclerotherapy of spider veins is all that is required, then an appointment for this treatment can be set. 

If there are more significant findings, such as varicose veins, patients will be scheduled for a complete consultation. In these complete consultations appointments a more complete medical history and physical examination will be performed. To develop a comprehensive treatment plan, an ultrasound of the legs will be performed and reviewed with you. 

Is this covered by insurance?

Treatment of larger varicose veins is considered symptomatic and  typically covered by insurance. Treatment of spider veins can be considered cosmetic and not typically covered by insurance.  

Should patients be advised of any precautions with these procedures?

For certain procedures patients are advised to stop blood thinners and aspirin prior to the treatment, if cleared by their physician. Remember, as always do not stop taking any medications without first discussing this with your doctor. This will also be discussed prior to scheduling your treatment appointment. 

To schedule a consultation with AMI's Vein Center, or to get more information, please call (609)-652-6094.  





 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Looking To Have a Fashionable Start To Spring?


There may be snow on the ground but Spring is just two days away! Start this season in style and join The AMI Foundation this Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the 4th Annual Images of Springtime Fashion Show at The Carriage House in Galloway TWP.
Celebrity Host Jay McCarroll

Celebrity host Jay McCarroll, Project Runway Season 1 Winner & The Hamilton Mall Fashion
Ambassador, will bring you the latest trends for spring, courtesy of The Hamilton Mall & Babrizon EHT. 

Enjoy a complimentary mimosa and hor d'oeuvres apon arrival, followed by a musical fashion show, lunch, and basket auction. You can also purchase raffle tickets for prizes including an Apple iPad Air 16GB with wi-fi, Tiffany Jewelry Collection (includes necklace, bracelet, and earings), and an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16GB Tablet! 

Show tickets can be purchased online HERE, or by calling Nicole Crostic at 609-568-9153
Ticket prices:
  • $60/person for adults
  • $40/person for students 13-18
  • $25/person for children 12 & under
  Raffle tickets can be purchased at any Atlantic Medical Imaging office, $10 per ticket or 3 for $25.

You can also purchase show & raffle tickets the day of the event.

Net proceeds from this event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties.

Grab your girlfriends and come enjoy a fashionable afternoon! We hope to see you there! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Start Loving Your Legs Again!

We are continuing our focus on venous disease and treatments available at The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical Imaging. 

Dr. Michael Schmiling has answered questions in our two previous posts, It's Time to Show Off Those Legs! & Are Your Legs Summer Ready?, and follows up here with more information on treatment options.  

What can a patient expect during these procedures?
For those having the EVLT treatment of varicose veins, they can expect a quick and minimally invasive procedure which can be performed right in the physicians offices. Most appointments take less than a hour! During the procedure, an ultrasound is used to locate and "map out" your vein. Then a local anesthetic is applied and a thin fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point. Laser energy is used to seal the faulty vein and prevent blood from flowing through it, eliminating vein bulging at the source.  

Phlebectomy is a method of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs and is performed in an outpatient facility under local anesthesia. It involves making tiny incisions through which the varicose veins are removed with a phelbectomy hook. These incisions are so small, you will not need stitches.

For treatment of spider veins,  cosmetic sclerotherapy is a simple procedure requiring no anesthesia. The affected veins will be injected with the sclerosing agent. You will feel small needle sticks and occasionally some patients experience a mild burning sensation.  A typical patient can have anywhere from 5 to 40 injections per treatment sessions lasting from only 15 to 45 minutes.   


Will there be pain involved?  
There is some expected procedure related discomfort, but this is typically well tolerated with a light oral sedative and local anesthesia.  There may be minor soreness and bruising. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers as needed.

 
Is there a recovery period?
The "recovery period" means that you will be required to wear compression stockings for 7-10 days after the procedure. Certain high impact activites, such as running or jogging, are discouraged in the immediate post-procedure recovery. However, you will be encouraged to walk often, and you may return to work the next day.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's Time to Show Off Those Legs!



As we discussed in our previous post, Are Your Legs Summer Ready? about The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical Imaging, if you are suffering from venous disease there are solutions available. 


Dr. Michael Schmidling continues to answer the most common questions regarding venous disease and the treatment options available.  


Can spider veins and varicose veins be prevented?


Although there is no definitive prevention for spider veins and varicose veins, there are things that you can do to help prevent and slow the progression of this condition.  “Good venous habits” include maintain a healthy body weight and participation in regular exercise.  You should avoid standing or sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time.  Move around and get up out of your chair at regular intervals.  Support hose and compressions stockings are helpful both in prevention and alleviation of symptoms once they develop.


 What treatment is available? 


Each patient’s treatment plan is individualized to his or her particular condition.  In general, treatment consists of one or a combination of the following treatments.  All of these treatments are performed on an outpatient basis in an office setting. 

  • EVLT – Endovenous laser treatment is the use of a small laser fiber inserted into the veins to seal the vein closed.  This procedure was developed as an alternative to the surgical ligation and stripping procedure which involved an overnight stay in the hospital and an invasive procedure with its associated risks.
  • Phlebectomy – Larger superficial varicosities are removed during this procedure.  This procedure involves making tiny skin incisions with subsequent removal of the varicose vein.  These incisions are so small that they do not requires stitches.
  • Sclerptherapy – This treatment involves injecting a sclerosant agent directly into the vein causing the vein to close. 

Do they pose any risks or side effects?


As with any procedure there are risks and potential side effects, but these have been dramatically reduced compared to surgical options such as surgical ligation and stripping.  Potential risks are dependent upon the procedure being performed and are reviewed in depth with each patient prior to initiating any treatment.



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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Jay McCarroll Hosts Charitable Fashion Show with The AMI Foundation



Jay McCarroll is a fashion and textile designer based in Philadelphia, PA. Jay studied fashion design at the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and  
Science, now Philadelphia University, where he currently teaches. He also studied at the London College of Fashion. 

Jay is internationally recognized for winning the inaugural season of the Emmy nominated, competitive reality television show, Project Runway in 2006. He was later the subject of two documentaries entailing his life after winning, including having to create a dress for supermodel Heidi Klum and creating a collection for New York Fashion Week. 

Recently Jay has launched two websites, www.jaymccarroll.com, which contains information about Jay, his product lines, and an online store for the Jay McCarroll Label, as well as www.jaymccarrollfabric.com, which has information about his fabric line. He has also been named the Fashion Ambassador for The Hamilton Mall, in Mays Landing. 

Thanks to the Hamilton Mall & Barbizon EHT, Jay will bring his expertise to The AMI Foundation's 4th Annual Springtime Fashion Show which will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The event is being held on Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Carriage House in Galloway Township.  
For more information on The Annual Images of Spring Fashion Show please go to www.amifoundation.net/spring



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are Your Legs Summer Ready?

After a long winter of hiding those legs it’s time to step out from behind the long dresses and pants and show off your legs!

At The Vein Center at AtlanticMedical Imaging, we treat the entire spectrum of venous disease from spider veins to varicose veins resulting in a quicker, less painful treatment option for you.
In this segment, Dr. Michael Schmidling will discuss the treatment options available at The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical Imaging. Dr. Schmidling is a board certified radiologist with specialty training in vascular and interventional radiology and the treatment of varicose veins. Dr. Schmidling is also the co-director of The Vein Center at Atlantic Medical imaging.  

Here are a few of the commonly asked questions about venous disease.

What is venous disease?
There are different general types of venous disease that affect the legs.  Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can result in life threatening pulmonary embolism where blood clots from the legs or pelvis travel to the lungs.  This is typically seen in people with predisposing risk factors such as immobility due to illness, injury, or prolonged travel. 

Venous insufficiency is a more common type of venous disease that affects the valves which are present in lower extremity veins.  These valves normally allow blood to flow in one direction – back towards the heart.  When these valves fail and no longer work, this results in venous insufficiency where the blood flow reverses.  This causes a spectrum of disease ranging from small superficial vein dilatation as seen with spider veins.  Larger superficial veins can also be affected resulting in varicose veins.  When these larger veins are involved, this can result in significant pain and disability of the lower extremities.

 What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins? 
Varicose Veins
Spider Veins

Spider veins are those small yet unsightly cluster of red, blue, or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles. Although these super fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it. 

Varicose veins are large, often dilated veins under the skin.  Varicose veins can become enlarges and in some cased quite prominent. They can be seen in some individuals as raised lumps in the thighs, legs, and calves. If you experience bulging leg veins, restless legs, pain, discomfort, swelling, itching or discoloration in your legs, you may have varicose veins. 

Who is at risk? 
There are many risk factors for the development of lower extremity venous insufficiency and varicose veins.  Although they are more common in women, they are often seen in men.  They are often associated with and are exacerbated by pregnancy.  The incidence of venous insufficiency increases as we age.  Certain occupational factors can lead to venous insufficiency.  Jobs that require standing for prolonged periods of time can lead to and worsen symptoms of venous insufficiency.  There is no specific gene responsible for venous insufficiency and varicose veins, but there is a familial tendency and it is more common in people who have relatives affected.

For more information visit http://atlanticmedicalimaging.com/pages/the-vein-center-at-atlantic-medical-imaging