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First Coast Cardiovascular Institute Offers the Only Comprehensive Vein Clinic in Northeast Florida

SSSL8869The FCCI vein clinic strives to stop life limiting leg pain to improve quality of life for our patients.

“We are a comprehensive vein clinic, with a combination of treatments ranging from deep vein, deep abdominal veins, pelvic veins, and superficial varicose vein treatments and interventions.  This means not only do we get rid of spider veins but we also heal wounds, restless legs, and resolve long term (chronic) leg swelling and pain,” says Dr. Jason Roberts, Technical Director of Non-Invasive Vascular Services, “Many people with vein disease suffer from pain, cramping and swelling. We can restore function so our patients can walk, stand and sleep, without experiencing these painful symptoms.”

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) affects nearly 25 million Americans and occurs when the venous walls and/or valves in the leg veins are not working properly. Many times CVI may be caused by obstructions or compression in the deep veins of the abdomen or pelvis making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs. If left untreated, CVI can lead to poor quality of life, skin ulcers, and life-threatening infections of the lower extremities. Our vein clinic aims to reduce the risk of ulcers, infections, symptoms that affect mobility and overall quality of life.

“Our comprehensive vein clinic compliments our cardiovascular services. We are treating the veins in terms of total cardiovascular health,” Dr. Yazan Khatib, president of FCCI, says, “Many of our cardiovascular patients, especially those with heart failure, and sleep apnea are also suffering from undiagnosed  venous disease. Our vein clinic ensures continuity of care for our patients further expanding and bridging the gaps in cardiovascular care.”

FCCI provides non-surgical options to treat to slow the progression of CVI including:

Endovenous Laser and Radio Frequency Ablation
This non-invasive laser procedure lasts about one hour. This technique treats the underlying causes of varicose veins. There is little to no pain associated and the success rate is 98 – 100%.

Ultrasonic Guided Sclerotherapy
This procedure takes just a few minutes and uses a small needle to inject foam sclerotherapy that acts close to the vein.

Microphlebectomy
This procedure eliminates persistent varicose veins through a tiny need puncture. There is a quick recovery time and no large scars as a result of the procedure.

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a specially designed ultrasound probe to image the deep veins in the legs, pelvis, and abdomen from the within the veins.  This type of imaging gives an expanded view of the inside of the vein differentiating deep vein thrombosis, compression, and other types of pathology affecting the venous circulation.

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