Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of venous disease. This condition is the result of faulty valves in the veins and is called Venous Insufficiency. In a healthy vein, there are one way valves that allow the blood to move toward the heart, but not away. In a diseased vein, these valves do not work properly, allowing the blood to fall downward between heartbeats. The back and forth motion of blood leads to an increased venous blood pressure resulting in inflammation of the tissues around the vein. This inflammation can cause the following:
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• Leg Pain
• Bulging Varicose Veins
• Skin Discoloration
• Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)
• Blood Clots
The treatment for this disorder is called endovenous thermal ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein by way of a small (2-3mm) incision. Heat is applied to the vein walls causing it to close. Your body then naturally re-routes the blood through other healthy veins. The procedure is done under local anesthetic and is covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare. Patients walk out of The Vein Center and return to their normal activities in the same day
Spider veins are a result of dilated venous capillaries that fill with blood and become visible. These are not considered harmful and are often treated for cosmetic reasons. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the spider vein, which causes the vein wall to seal shut, therefore stopping the blood flow. The vein will turn to scar tissue and fade away over a period of weeks.
The Vein Center is located inside the hospital and is led by Dr. James Watkins. Dr. Watkins received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and served both Internship and Residency at the University of Louisville. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Watkins is a general surgeon at Taylor Regional Surgical Associates.
To schedule your consultation or to for more information about The Vein Center, please call (270) 789-5844.