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Published on December 06, 2011

Nazareth Hospital Launches Vein Center -- Offers Minimally Invasive Laser and Chemical Vein Ablation

Northeast Philadelphia, PA - Nazareth Hospital has launched a Vein Center to help restore lower extremity blood flow for patients with vein disease. At the Vein Center, interventional radiologists perform laser ablation (Endovenous Laser Treatment or EVLT) and chemical endovenous ablation (also known as sclerotherapy) to treat varicose veins, spider veins and other chronic conditions related to poor vein circulation.

These minimally invasive procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, usually in less than an hour. For patients, the procedures offer such benefits as quick recovery, no scarring and rapid relief of symptoms.

"We are pleased to expand our community's access to outpatient vascular services," says James F. Blute III, MD, FACOG, Nazareth's Associate Chief Medical Officer.

Chronic venous insufficiency of the legs affects half of the U.S. population --50 to 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men. Of these, 20 to 25% of the women and 10 to 15% of men will have visible varicose veins. Risk factors include age, family history, female gender, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and multiple pregnancies.

Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include aching leg pain, easy leg fatigue, and leg heaviness, which grow worse over the course of the day. In more severe cases, venous insufficiency can cause skin discoloration and ulcers.

"Venous insufficiency is very common. Blood flow from the leg veins to the heart is decreased, resulting in pooling of blood in the veins," explains interventional radiologist Joel D. Neuman, M.D. "Laser and chemical ablation help close off these weakened veins so that blood flow is rerouted to healthy veins, resulting in significant improvement in symptoms as well as the appearance of the leg."

For more information about Nazareth Hospital Vein Center, call 1.866.NAZARETH (1.866.629.2738).

Christy A. McCabe

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215.962.9893
cmccabe@mercyhealth.org
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Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
215.335.6000

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