Free varicose vein screening April 1

Mar 21, 2014

Rockport — Pen Bay Surgery is hosting a free varicose vein screening Tuesday, April 1,  4 to 7 p.m.

Screenings are by appointment only and will be held at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus.

Varicose veins are caused by venous reflux or venous insufficiency, a condition that develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of the legs become damaged or diseased. More than 25 million Americans suffer from severe varicose veins, which can cause pain, swelling, fatigue and disfigurement. Half of all seniors, including two thirds of women over 60, will experience the condition at some point. Heredity, pregnancy, obesity and careers requiring extended standing, like nursing and teaching, are the primary risk factors. Complications may include leg ulcers and dangerous blood clots.

Dr. Julie White, a vascular surgeon who practices with Pen Bay Surgery, is one of the first physicians in the Midcoast area to offer a solution for varicose veins and leg pain. The VNUS Closure procedure is a high-tech procedure that uses radiofrequency to shrink and close diseased large leg veins in approximately three minutes with minimal after effects for the patient. Clinical studies have found the procedure more than 97 percent effective at the one-year follow-up visit and virtually painless for most patients.

Call Pen Bay Surgery at 593-5744 to make an appointment or for more information.

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