February 27, 2013
Bill Kontny, MD of Fort HealthCare Surgical Associates is hosting a free informational seminar about effective treatment for venous reflux disease (varicose veins) on Tuesday, March 12 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Fort Memorial Hospital Auditorium. The hospital is located at 611 Sherman Avenue East in Fort Atkinson. Individuals are invited to register for this free event online at FortHealthCare.com/Classes, or by calling 920-568-5244.
Varicose veins affect more than 10 percent of all American adults, often causing discomfort, swelling, and appearance concerns. There is a solution to this medical condition, however. It’s called VNUS Closure® and, unlike painful vein stripping procedures of the past, VNUS Closure® is minimally invasive. Patients can typically be back to normal activities within a day.
Several factors contribute to the presence of varicose veins, including age, gender, family history, multiple pregnancies, obesity, and a profession that requires prolonged standing. Symptoms left untreated will sometimes worsen over time.
The VNUS Closure® procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, the physician positions a tiny catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The catheter delivers radio-frequency energy in the form of heat to the vein wall, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. Patients report feeling little, if any pain during the procedure, and note a superior quality of life after full recovery.
The specialists at Fort HealthCare Surgical Associates apply specialized, expert knowledge to serve patients who require surgery, including pre- and post-surgical care. Surgical Associates is part of Fort HealthCare’s Fort Medical Group network of clinics. Fort HealthCare participates in most insurance plans, including Dean Care, Unity, Physicians Plus, Humana, United HealthCare and many more. For more information, visit FortHealthCare.com/Surgery.