The PMC Vein Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency. The PMC Vein Clinic is located on Fields Dr. across from Central Carolina Hospital at our Sanford Cardiology location.
This is a service provided by Dr. Michael J. Gillespie, the current Chief of Medicine at Central Carolina Hospital. (Learn more about Dr. Gillespie)
WHAT IS VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY?
Varicose veins are a sign of an underlying disorder of the circulatory system called venous insufficiency. This condition is an enormous problem in the US. By age sixty, 70% of women and 40% of men will suffer from this condition. If left untreated, it can lead to a chronic and potentially debilitating condition.
WHAT CAUSES VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY AND VARICOSE VEINS?
The return of blood from the legs is directed by a series of one-way valves to overcome gravity. When valves inside the veins fail, blood flows in the wrong direction down to the feet leading to varicose veins and the clinical manifestations of venous insufficiency.
• Leg Edema (Swelling)
• Leg Heaviness
• Pain (phlebitis) and Cramping
• Skin discoloration and skin thickening (Lipodermatosclerosis)
• Dermatitis (Eczema)
• Venous Ulcers
• Restless Leg Syndrome
Fortunately, there are treatment options for patients with symptoms from varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
The initial therapy for varicose veins and venous insufficiency is compression with fitted graduated compression stockings. Compression therapy assists veins in blood return and can help minimize pain and swelling
The Venefit Procedure is a minimally invasive, office-based procedure that offers patients effective relief from varicose vein disease and venous insufficiency. Most patients will return to usual activities the same day.
The Venefit procedure is a catheter-based Radiofrequency Ablation of severely insufficient and dilated superficial veins, typically, the Greater or Lesser Saphenous Veins or diseased Perforator Veins.
To learn more about the PMC Vein Clinic please call Dr. Gillespie’s office at (919) 708-1500