FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Painful legs can be a sign of venous disease, which can lead to varicose veins, leg sores and even serious circulation problems like blood clots. The experts at the FHN Vein Center can help.
“The veins in your legs have a big job – getting blood back up to your heart for re-oxygenation,” said FHN surgeon Rafael Castro, MD, FACS, WCC. “When those veins don’t work correctly, the swelling and pain that result can keep you from enjoying many of the daily activities of life, and may cause serious health problems.”
FHN has an online tool designed to help identify the signs of venous issues. To take the quiz and learn more about vein health, visit https://www.fhn.org/vein-center.asp.
The FHN Vein Center offers free screenings for leg vein issues each month at FHN Memorial Hospital. The next screening date is Tuesday, Jan. 15; appointments are available from 3 – 6 p.m. by calling 815-599-VEIN (8346).
The FHN Vein Center offers two approaches to venous disease treatment. The first line of treatment, for mild or early cases, involves fitting the patient with compression hose to help the leg veins do their work.
For more advanced cases, outpatient surgical treatment can relieve pain and provide a long-term solution to venous disease. The FHN Vein Center offers a number of outpatient procedures featuring rapid recovery. Non-cosmetic treatment options are covered by most commercial health insurance carriers, including Medicare.
For more information on venous disease and the FHN Vein Center, visit www.fhn.org or call 815-599-VEIN (8346).
FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 21 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational health services, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.