The Vascular Lab at Pen Bay Medical Center has earned reaccreditation in the area of superficial venous treatment and management. Announced in November, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission three-year reaccreditation is a seal of approval for patients who are looking for a health care provider to help them with diseases of the vascular system.

The PBMC Vascular Lab offers many noninvasive studies to evaluate and manage arterial and venous diseases including varicose veins, which affects more than half of Americans age 50 and older. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the leg veins no longer function, causing blood to pool. In some cases, this condition progresses to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency.

There are many factors that contribute to accurate vein treatment and management. The training and experience of the vein specialist, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive outcome.

The Vascular Lab sees patients by referral from a primary care provider. For more information about vascular services at PBMC, call the Pen Bay Wound Healing Center at 301-5737 or go to www.mainehealth.org/pen-bay-medical-center/services/surgery.