It’s important to know that there are treatments for venous insufficiency including lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and avoiding sitting for long periods of time as well as surgery if necessary. In this blog post, we will be discussing what is the best treatment for venous insufficiency.        …

  Did you know that one in every two people will develop vein disease in their lifetime? Vein disease in legs is one of the most commonly misunderstood medical conditions today. Many people think that it only affects older individuals, but this isn’t the case at all. In fact, vein disease can affect anyone, at…

  What is Venous Insufficiency? Venous insufficiency is a circulatory disorder that occurs when the valves in the veins are not working properly. Also called venous reflux, this condition can lead to swelling of your legs and feet. If you or someone you love is suffering from venous insufficiency, it’s important to find the right…

    If you are looking for a new way to treat varicose veins, then Varithena may be the answer. In this blog post, we will discuss what Varithena does for varicose veins and the advantages of using this procedure over others.         What is Varithena and What Does it Do Varithena…

  What is Venous Disease? Venous disease is a condition that affects the venous system, which includes veins and venules in the body. Data from Circulation AHA Journals indicates that varicose veins affect more than 25 million adults in the United States and more than 6 million with more advanced venous disease. It can be…

Venous insufficiency is a condition that affects your veins and can lead without appropriate intervention, to serious complications. Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins’ natural valves become insufficient, or leaky, allowing blood to flow back towards the feet. Varicose veins have an estimated prevalence between 5% and 30% in the adult population, with a female:…

  Leg swelling generally occurs because of an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the lower extremity. In our practice, the term we use for leg swelling from excessive fluid is peripheral edema. Peripheral edema occurs when fluid builds up in the tissues of the lower leg. It can be caused by a…

He’s alive because he could sing. I’d like to focus on a very unique and recent patient of mine named Frank, a veteran of the Korean conflict who suffers from end-stage renal disease, developed as a consequence of a severe Covid infection that almost ended him last December. Frank has recovered well, but still needs…

As a doctor, I am always mindful of my relationship with my patients. The continuity of care is important for the patient-centered relationship and far too often it is easy to get caught up in trying to do too many things at once because we are all so busy these days. In my experience and…

Today we wish to discuss the best varicose vein treatment steps to our fellow community members in Ohio, to achieve great legs this summer. Treatment of varicose veins starts with compression socks believe it or not. Did you know that typically the majority of insurance companies have a six-week to three-month compression stocking requirement before treatment…

Smoking… Not only increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, lung disease and peripheral vascular disease, it specifically increases the risk of Covid19 infection, watch this video today to learn more. “As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we have seen more severe symptoms among those with underlying health concerns,”…

Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer MD FACS Thoracic & Vascular Surgery shares his perspective of life in a community hospital during this unprecedented time. ABOUT SCHMETTERER M.D. Lawrence Schmetterer, M.D., F.A.C.S. is one of the top and most trusted vascular surgeons in Youngstown and Warren, Ohio. He’s been practicing medicine for over 34-years and sees patients in Youngstown,…

  Got sore legs?   Got Poor Circulation?   Leg pain?   Leg cramps?   Cold feet?   Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer from Ohio, describes the different imaging options to discuss with your doctor to determine if you have blocked arteries in your legs (Peripheral Artery Disease | PAD) and have a…

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Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer: New Information for Patients Our patients are very important to us! Many have serious health concerns that require expeditious evaluation and management, in many cases requiring outpatient or inpatient surgical procedures. In the best interests of our patients, and in consideration of the current public health concerns and advisories regarding the COVID19…

Leg Pain and Swelling

  In my practice, the most common reasons for a patient referral are leg pain and swelling.  So many people have problems with their legs, but often these difficulties seem to take a back seat to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health issues. Many times patients hesitate to mention these problems…

waffles and me blog post

In my profession, there are everyday challenges that I come face as I care for patients and navigate through the world of healthcare. Some days, I find myself exhausted from the physical, mental and emotional toll it takes, both on me and my patients. When I am done, I am able to return home to…

  Imagine a submarine holding a team of scientists and physicians reduced to the size of red blood cells and then injected into a patient’s body in order to perform life-saving brain surgery. This was the story told in the motion picture Fantastic Voyage in 1966. It offered first-time views of what areas of the…

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