Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Logansport Memorial Hospital begins Vein Program for patients

Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of venous disease. You may notice darkened leg veins as a cosmetic nuisance at first, but for some people, varicose veins and related venous conditions can lead to significant leg pain, swelling, and difficulty sleeping. 

Not everyone who suffers from venous disease sees darkened veins close to the skin’s surface (commonly known as varicose veins, or spider veins when they are lighter). Legs can simply ache, feel very heavy and sore. When it hurts too much to try to do other things, like exercise, consider it a warning sign that deeper veins inside the leg muscles may have weakened. Left untreated, this condition only worsens over time.

The new Vein Program at Logansport Memorial Hospital can help provide
relief for patients and long-term solutions for venous diseases.

To help patients learn more, Logansport Memorial Hospital is hosting a free vein screening for interested patients on Tuesday, January 28 from 4 – 7 pm in Conference Room DE here at the hospital. Three education sessions will be held at the top of each hour and then patients can receive a free vein screening. Screenings will be limited, so registration is required by calling (574) 722-3636 to confirm attendance. General surgeons Dr. Michael Lalla, Dr. Todd Weinstein, and Dr. Gerhardt Winkel will conduct this free screening, along with the help of support staff.

After the screening, a general surgeon can determine if a patient would benefit from formal screening and possible treatment.

Due to federal regulations, Medicare and Medicaid patients may attend the education session, but are not eligible for the screening. These patients may schedule a new patient appointment with one of the general surgeons for further evaluation.

“We are very pleased to be offering vein services now to patients with our highly-skilled general surgeons and support staff,” comments David Ameen, President and CEO of Logansport Memorial Hospital. “Some people get home at night, and their legs hurt so much that they can’t exercise or go for a walk. One of our primary goals is to partner with our patients and help them be the healthiest version of themselves that they can be. In order to do that effectively, we need to provide services that can address those kinds of issues. That’s why we are excited about this vein program.”

For more information or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation, please call the Logansport Memorial Physician Network General Surgery office at (574) 722-3636.

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