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2008 Press Releases
Varicose Veins Vanish With New Treatment Offered by Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists
10/13/2008

Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Now Available

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 13, 2008) - Minimally invasive laser treatment for varicose veins is now being offered at Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists - an imaging center that offers high quality, comprehensive radiology testing in a spa-like environment.

Called an endovenous laser, the treatment involves a laser fiber being inserted into a tiny incision in the leg. “Energy emitted from the tip of the fiber causes the varicose vein to close. Blood in the vein automatically reroutes to another vein and the bluish bulge disappears. The patient experiences very little discomfort and can go home following treatment,” said Rhonda McDowell, M.D., Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists interventional radiologist. Dr. McDowell is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and has more than 15 years of endovascular experience. She was fellowship trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston where she served as a clinical instructor of radiology.

Prior to endovenous laser treatments, the traditional treatment for varicose veins involved surgically removing a damaged vein. The laser treatment offers less risk of complications and a shorter recovery period for the patient.

“As the population ages and obesity continues to be a serious health concern, we’re likely to see more and more cases of varicose veins. Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists can help to meet this growing need by combining a medical setting staffed by board certified physicians with a soothing, spa-like environment,” said David Nelson, director of outpatient imaging, Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

According to the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. They are most common in women and people aged 30 to 70, particularly those who are overweight, sit or stand for prolonged periods or in women after a pregnancy. Varicose veins can leave legs feeling heavy, tired, achy and painful. They may worsen if left untreated and can lead to non-healing leg wounds. Although uncommon, in severe cases varicose veins can lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein. The clot can break off and travel through the blood stream lodging in the brain, lungs, heart or other area of the body causing severe damage to organs.

About Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists

Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists is a partnership between Morton Plant Mease Health Care and the physicians of Radiology Associates of Clearwater. The center offers health care services in a soothing, spa-like environment that provides comfort and convenience for clients. Morton Plant Mease MEDSpecialists is located at 1064 Keene Avenue in Dunedin.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Amy Morrow (727) 461-8438 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager

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