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Dr. Paul McNeill Discusses Varicose Veins on NBC 4 with Barbara

Dr. Paul McNeill was recently invited to Washington DC's NBC 4 as a Medical Expert to discuss varicose vein treatments with reporter Barbara Harrison. The segment aired live during the lunch hour news and answered many frequently asked questions.

During the interview, Dr. McNeill was asked, “What are varicose veins?” He explained “Varicose veins are a sign of an underlying disease called venous insufficiency, where blood is not effectively leaving the leg.” He shared photographs of before and after treatment of varicose and spider veins, explaining that “spider veins and varicose veins are two separate entities” and that spider veins may indicate that there is something else going on inside the leg.

When Harrison asked “What can you do? Who are candidates to have the kind of treatment you’re talking about?” Dr. McNeill explained, “The actual process of venous insufficiency starts before you can see anything going on in the leg. So if you have leg pain, if you have leg swelling or fatigue, that may be a sign that something’s going on inside the leg.”

Dr. McNeill is a board certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Specialist. He and his practice partner Garth Rosenberg, MD, FACS are area experts in vein care and have offices in Bethesda, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland; Hagerstown, Maryland; Lansdowne, Virginia; Winchester, VA and Charles Town, West Virginia.

Watch the full interview with answers to more FAQs, including “Does insurance pay for this?

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