The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute's Vein Center offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for vascular disease, including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other venous disorders.
Assisting CMHVI's vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons are the nationally-certified sonographers who work in CMHVI's Vascular Lab. These skilled medical imaging professionals use various technologies to help surgeons diagnose and treat an array of vascular diseases.
The CMHVI Vascular Lab offers:
Venous ultrasound real-time images of veins
Non-invasive arterial and ultrasound studies measuring blood flow speed and direction to diagnose blockages
Ankle brachial indexes to measure poor blood flow to the legs
Segmental pressures to better isolate possible blockages or narrowing in the arteries
Cerebrovascular ultrasound to assess blow flow through the carotid artery
The CMHVI vascular lab is approved by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).
Surgeons at the Vein Center treat patients with minimally invasive endovenous and endovascular surgical interventions. They also offer lifestyle modification counseling.
Common symptoms of venous disease include leg heaviness, leg fatigue, swelling, varicose veins, spider veins, and ulcerations. The most common cause of these symptoms is a dysfunction of the valves in the leg veins.
Treatments provided at the Vein Center include:
- Endovenous radiofrequency saphenous vein ablation
- Minimally invasive varicose vein removal (micro-phlebectomy)
- Injection sclerotherapy for spider veins
- Treatment for venous ulcers