Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Varicose veins affect half of the people over age 50 and can start earlier, for example, following pregnancy in women.
You may notice the darkened leg veins first as a cosmetic nuisance, a reason not to wear shorts. But for some people, varicose veins and related conditions can lead to significant leg pain, swelling and difficulty sleeping, along with more serious complications such as wounds, ulcers and dangerous blood clots.
The new Colleton Vein Center can help provide relief and long-term solutions for venous diseases. To kick things off, the Vein Center will host an open house and screening from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, with three education sessions at the start of each hour. Free screenings will be limited to 30 people who register in advance by calling 843-782-2525.
The Colleton Vein Center will begin seeing patients Monday, June 11. To make an appointment, call 843-782-VEIN (8346).
The center is located on the Colleton Medical Center campus at 144 Medical Park Drive, adjacent to the hospital’s Advanced Wound Care Clinic, which often treats patients with venous wounds.
“We are offering the complete line of vein services with experienced doctors and support staff. Plus, we can draw from the additional resources of the hospital and collaborate with the wound clinic when we need to,” says Colleton Vein Center Director Dr. Adam Keefer. “If people think they have problems with their veins, they should contact us for a consultation.”
“Some people get home at night, and their legs hurt so much they can’t exercise or go for a walk.” - Colleton Vein Center Director Dr. Adam Keefer
Not everyone who suffers from venous dis- ease sees the darkened veins close to the skin’s surface that are commonly known as varicose veins – or spider veins when they are lighter. Yet they may experience other symptoms such as pain and swelling in their legs and ankles, especially at the end of the day.
“Their legs ache, feel heavy and sore,” says Dr. Keefer, who is also a vascular surgeon. “Some people get home at night, and their legs hurt so much they can’t exercise or go for a walk.”
That’s a warning sign that deeper veins inside the leg muscles have become weakened, with blood possibly pooling or leaking outside the vein instead of flowing effectively to the heart.
A vascular surgeon can pinpoint trouble spots within the deeper veins through ultra- sound technology then provide a long-term fix with a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. “This helps resolve problems and prevents others from developing,” says Dr. Keefer. “Patients who have the procedure are much less likely to develop ulcers or even discoloring skin changes.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Vein Center, please call 843-782-VEIN (8346).