New Vein Center Opens At Clark Memorial Hospital

July 11, 2017

New Vein Center Opens At Clark Memorial Hospital

Educational Seminar Planned for July 12, 2017

Jeffersonville, Indiana (July 11, 2017) – Men and women throughout Southern Indiana who are struggling with varicose veins now have access to new services through Clark Memorial Hospital and the recently launched Clark Memorial Hospital Vein Center.

Varicose veins affect half of the people over age 50 and can start earlier, for example, following pregnancy in women. Those affected may first notice darkened leg veins as a cosmetic nuisance, 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.

“Our new Vein Center will assist in providing patients relief and long-term solutions for venous diseases,” said Marla Beeler, nurse practitioner of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Center. “We are very excited to be able to offer this service to our community.”

The Vein Center is located at Clark Memorial Hospital in the Outpatient Surgery Center, adjacent to the Hospital’s Medical Arts Building. The Center will host an educational seminar and begin taking appointments for screenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 12.

“We are offering the complete line of vein services with experienced doctors from the Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Center of Clark Physician Group and the hospital’s surgery support staff. When necessary, we can draw from the additional resources of the hospital and collaborate with our Wound Healing Center, which often treats patients with venous wounds,” says Chaundra Coons, director of surgical services and the new Vein Center. “If someone is concerned that they may have problems with their veins, they should contact us for a consultation.”

Not everyone who suffers from venous disease 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. Matthew Hennig, a Clark Physician Group 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 ultrasound technology then provide a long-term fix with a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. “This helps resolve problems and prevents others from developing,” says Dr. Hennig. “Patients who have the procedure are much less likely to develop ulcers or even discoloring skin changes. The new Vein Center will also give us an opportunity to evaluate patients for peripheral artery disease (PAD) since symptoms can be similar to that of venous disease.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Clark Memorial Vein Center, please call (812) 283-2561.