Free vein education session is Oct. 26

By Julie Keiper | Oct 19, 2016
Photo by: HRMC Web Banner for Vein Seminar

Haywood Regional Medical Center is holding a free tired leg/varicose vein educational program at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Vein Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center. The seminar will be led by Dr. Al Mina, MD, FACS and Dr. Joshua Rudd, DO.

Interested community members are asked to register for this session by calling 452-VEIN (8346). Space is limited and a reservation is required.

The event is aimed at educating anyone in the community who may be suffering from:

— Aching, cramping or burning pain in the legs

— Varicose veins

— Discoloration or skin changes in the legs

— Pain in their legs after activities such as grocery shopping or a short walk up the stairs

Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of what is known as venous disease, or problems with veins in the legs. This condition is the result of faulty valves in the veins and is called venous insufficiency. Left untreated, this condition only worsens over time.

Heredity is the number one risk factor for venous disease. If someone’s parents had varicose veins, that person has an 89 percent chance of developing them.

Next to heredity is gender. Women, especially those that have had multiple pregnancies, are three times more likely than men to develop venous disorders.

Additionally, professions that require long periods of sitting or standing, increase one’s risk for venous disease.

Age is also a risk factor. While older people are at a higher risk for venous disease, it can start as early as childhood.

The treatment for this disorder is a minimally- invasive procedure called endovenous thermal ablation. It 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 the same day.

“I am very pleased that we are offering this service for something that affects so many people in our community,” said Dr. Al Mina, a board-certified surgeon who performs the outpatient procedures. “Being able to provide this treatment here, so our patients don’t have to travel far from home, means a lot to me as a physician.”

Community members may call 828-452-VEIN (8346) with any questions about this procedure.


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