Lunch break operation for varicose veins - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Your Health: Lunch break vein operation

MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

25 to 30 million Americans suffer from the pain, swelling and disfigurement of varicose veins. Patients now have an option of what some doctors call the "lunch break" operation.

"I was an avid walker. I walked like 5 miles a day. And in 2003 my legs started bothering, paining me", said Lavernice Garrett.

Eventually Garrett found out the problem was in her veins. In early January she had surgery on the right leg. She said since the surgery her leg is not hurting as bad. Garrett went back to the doctor to have surgery on her leg.

"You don't have to go to the hospital for this. Patients get up off the table and go back to work. It's a minimally invasive procedure, in that there is no large incision made. There's no major tissue injury," said Dr. Shelby Bailey, Shoals Vein Center.

Dr. Bailey uses an ultrasound to guide him through the procedure three times. It's needed to locate the vein at the beginning and guide him through the process during surgery and make sure there are no blood clots after surgery.

Medicine is delivered in the vein and works as a local anesthesia.  

"The procedure involves placing a radio frequency or a microwave catheter inside the vein. You advance the catheter up to where the diseased vein originates. We deliver heat from the catheter. The vein is closed immediately and there is no more blood flow in that diseased vein", said Dr. Bailey.

Dr. Bailey said over the next few months the body will absorb the damaged vein. Insurance and Medicare does pay for the procedure and doctors say the whole procedure takes less than 45 minutes.

 Copyright 2012 WAFF. All rights reserved.  

  • NewsMore>>

  • Eric: Rain will taper off overnight

    Eric: Rain will taper off overnight

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:27 PM EST2018-02-17 22:27:46 GMT

    Rain showers will slowly taper off from west to east tonight as the cold front pushes through.?

    More >>

    Rain showers will slowly taper off from west to east tonight as the cold front pushes through.?

    More >>
  • 4 arrested in connection to a string of vehicle thefts

    4 arrested in connection to a string of vehicle thefts

    Friday, February 16 2018 4:45 PM EST2018-02-16 21:45:50 GMT
    Three adult males and one juvenile were arrested in Limestone County on Thursday after a four-hour manhunt and charged with multiple counts stemming from a string of vehicle thefts.Three adult males and one juvenile were arrested in Limestone County on Thursday after a four-hour manhunt and charged with multiple counts stemming from a string of vehicle thefts.

    A ground search ensued that lasted about four hours and covered approximately six miles, ending a few hundred yards east of Hays Mill Road where the suspects were caught in a hunting stand/shoot house.

    More >>

    A ground search ensued that lasted about four hours and covered approximately six miles, ending a few hundred yards east of Hays Mill Road where the suspects were caught in a hunting stand/shoot house.

    More >>
  • 2 juveniles arrested for making terrorist threats, Limestone Co. Sheriff reports

    2 juveniles arrested for making terrorist threats, Limestone Co. Sheriff reports

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:29 PM EST2018-02-16 20:29:54 GMT

    Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office reported via Twitter that two juvenile students had been arrested for making terrorist threats. 

    More >>

    Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office reported via Twitter that two juvenile students had been arrested for making terrorist threats. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly