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Dr. Gary Cunningham

Phlebology
Tulsa, OK
35 years experience male

Locations

Vein & Laser Clinic

Tulsa, OK

Address

6901 S Yorktown Ave, Tulsa, OK
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
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Fax

(918) 488-9512

Office

Tulsa, OK

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Specialties
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Phlebology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

67 Answers
58 Agrees
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Not really.: Physiotherapy may be able to reduce some of the adverse effects of varicose veins, such as discomfort or swelling or skin changes, but the varicose ve... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Maybe.: Prominent breast veins are common in pregnancy and can occur pretty early. But, if you're not pregnant and want to eliminate the veins, I've seen ver... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Not especially.: Although not particularly risky, saphenous vein stripping and classic excision of varicose veins require larger incisions and are generally less cosm... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Epinephrine : can definitely affect your brain, either directly or indirectly. The most common reaction some people have is a feeling of anxiety or apprehension, a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Probably not.: But, there is no standard Ayervedic cold cream so ingredients vary all over the place, plus there can be other substances in there that could affect y... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Avoid homeopathy: since it is completely ineffective. Some Ayurvedic treatments might have some clinical benefits, but the evidence is weak. There has also been littl... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
An actual artery: isn't likely to be injected. And, the solutions used to treat spider veins are weak and might not damage an artery. However, very small arteries - c... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Probably: Sitting relatively immobile for long periods might cause varicose veins & definitely can aggravate them. It also creates an increased risk of blood c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Health & movement: Avoid obesity, tobacco, and standing or sitting immobile for more than a couple of hours. It 'trapped', such as when flying, pump your calf muscles b... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Homeopathy does: not work to cure or control anything including SVT. That doesn't prevent products or homeopathy practitioners from making claims, so the situati... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
A painful bulging: vein may be inflamed (phlebitis). If it is hard, there may be a blood clot. If a clot forms, there is often little to be done other than wait, perh... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Yes, the homeopathic: "treatment" does nothing so in that regard it is "safe" to take forever if you want. As for the improved renal function, that was due to some other, ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Your primary care: physician is the best place to start either for treatment or referral. The overwhelming majority of DVT's are managed with medication only. When inv... Read More
A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Probably.: But, this subject is not well studied and details could make a big difference. Some evidence suggests light activity (i.e., walking) is helpful. And... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
St. John's Wort is: the "ingredient", except there's none in there. The 200C is called the "potency", but its actually the dilution. This dilution is equal to one drop ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Normal veins carry: old blood from the leg. The heart does not have enough power to pump all the old blood out, so veins have little flaps inside that act as check valve... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Studies are lacking: on the effect of compression stockings on DVT risk, particularly in healthy patients with or without varicose veins. We tend to recommend them based ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Most breast lumps: are not dangerous, particularly at your age. If you are using hormonal birth control, that often causes tender lumps called fibroadenomas. A fibroad... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
A lot of things.: Increased "valsalva" from laughing, straining, etc., exertion in general, thin skin, heat, pale skin making them more visible...lots of things. Ther... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
You will probably: have more bleeding. I doubt this would pose a serious health risk, but it might be harder to do the tattoo. Also, pigments could possibly leach out ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Well, it "could be": either or both or neither one. The information is too vague to offer any meaningful advice. The best thing in this case would be to see your doctor... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Conjunctival: hemorrhage isn't unheard of after BM and usually resolves on it's own. And headache & increased symptoms bending over are common with e... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Doubtful.: While it is often best to fix this problem before it causes trouble, it is highly unlikely to kill you. The most concerning danger is the intestine c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
They can, but: a lot of things can cause itching legs. It would would be a little less common to have significant itching from varicose veins at 23 y/o, but it's ce... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
I'm sorry, but: your question is too vague. Try again and give a little more detail about what it is you are trying to do.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Maybe. Thyroid: function can affect many things including the menstrual cycle. An elevated TSH most likely indicates a failing thyroid gland. Less likely, a high TS... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Sure.: Most inguinal hernia repairs are permanent, but you can have a recurrent hernia for many different reasons. But, there are other conditions that have... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Probably.: Assuming you're female, it's very common although they aren't usually quite as large as most hand veins. Breast veins can become very prominent duri... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
I'm not sure what: you are wanting to know. Escherichia coli is a bacterium found predominantly in intestines of warm blooded animals including humans. It is not usual... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Visions are the: brain giving you the illusion of experiencing external stimuli. Even in everyday life, your eye doesn't see anything, really. It just converts... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
I would like to: give some advice, but that's not enough information. You should contact your doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Spider veins have: many different causes. Even normal estrogen levels can play a role, so elevated estrogen levels could be a cause of extensive spider veins. However,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Chicken or egg?: Depends on what you mean by "poor circulation. Rapidly beating hearts may pump blood inefficiently, reducing circulation in limbs & organs thus causin... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Tricky sometimes: Achy pain and swelling, particularly in the calf/ankle, are the classic symptoms, but many patient actually have no symptoms. Also, if it's both legs... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Vague question :-/: The question is vague so this answer may not be helpful. But, since "cold hands" and/or "cold feet" are common "poor circulation" complaints, i'll ad... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Normal: Normal hands often have visible vessels simply because the layer of tissue under the skin (the subcutaneous layer) is thinner over the hands so the ve... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Anecdotally,: I have had patients present for 1st time treatment because varicose veins had recently become painful after decades of having no problem. Then, while... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
I know this asks: my "opinion" so maybe I should just give it ;) But, really, I don't think a generalization could be accurate. A Univ of Wisconsin study didn't break ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Ask that doctor. : There is no "highest" credential. Expertise depends on the specific training and interest of the individual physician. Some physicians also only off... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
In some cases,: a long list of chronic problems may suggest at least some have a psychological basis. Homeopathy is a placebo with no active ingredients. But, place... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Sort of.: Herbs are a common starting component of many homeopathic products, but minerals, animal products, metals and other things are used. However, none of... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
No home remedy will: fix varicose veins. Exercise, support hose, and periodic leg elevation may help symptoms, but the underlying problem is still there. Some evidence ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
VNUS does not treat: the varicose veins you see. It treats failed veins that are underneath and out of sight that (probably) broke the veins that you see. Sometimes the... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Could be.: Injection ("sclerotherapy") of varicose veins can work well. Your doctor should check to make sure your underlying veins are normal first. Also, if ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Hemorrhoids are: commonly aggravated by both the straining and skin irritation from diarrhea. They will probably improve as your other symptoms improve. But, diarrhe... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Over the counter,: avoid medications with aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen). You should be able to use acetaminophen. Many f... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
No difference.: "Varix" means "varicose vein" and "aneurysmal" is an adjective that means "like an aneurysm", so "aneurysmal varix" and "varicose aneurysm" are the sa... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
True.: Laser, ohmic, and other therapies are sometimes reasonable options, but sclerotherapy of leg spider veins produces the most consistent results for mos... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
There are no: active ingredients in homeopathy products. They are placebos. However, placebos can help people when state of mind plays a role in the outcome. Thi... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology 35 years experience
Maybe, especially if: you sit or stand immobile for long periods. Main advantage of being off work is the ability to elevate your legs at will and perhaps use a mechanical... Read More

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This was very helpful. Thanks! Down here in southeast Florida dermatologists everywhere are doing varicose vein ablations. Hah! I'll stick to a vascular surgeon at the minimum. derms are ok for spider...Read More
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Thats exactly the answer I was hoping for. I live in Sweden where quackery has slipped in to goverment financed health care. It makes me very angry. Thank you very much Dr. Cunningham!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I always freak out about little things that I make myself think are life threatening. Thank you for this answer!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, OK
Graduated 1987MD

Affiliations

Amcerican College of Phlebology
American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
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