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…

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,…

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