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 backwards towards the feet. Varicose veins have an estimated prevalence between 5% and 30% in the adult population, with a female:…

You can find our first article on leg pain and swelling here. 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…

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…

Got sore legs? 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 productive discussion on the locations of those lesions restricting blood flow…

Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer, best vascular surgeon

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 to…

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