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Get a leg up on Varicose Veins at a free program at Silver Cross Hospital on March 7

Joliet, IL (March 4, 2011)— If you are one of the 25 million Americans suffering from varicose veins, now is the time for you to seek relief.

“When a vein is dilated or its valves are damaged, blood moves in the wrong direction. It leaks down the leg vein and “backs up.” This can cause the leg to ache and swell, and feel tired, heavy, or full,” said Dr. Saeed Darbandi, board certified general and vascular surgeon at Silver Cross Hospital.

Although varicose veins are unsightly, that is not the only reason to have them removed.  “Your veins are very important,” says Dr. Darbandi.  “After your arteries take the blood to your legs, your veins carry blood back to the heart using one-way valves.  If the valves don’t work properly, blood accumulates in the veins causing them to become enlarged, or varicose.

Symptoms
Symptoms of varicose veins include throbbing, burning, itching, cramping or restless legs, and a feeling of fatigue or heaviness. In severe cases, inflammation or even ulcers can occur on the lower leg. Because many people work on their feet for long periods, varicose veins tend to develop on the lower half of the body.

Treatment Options
Treatment plans vary for each individual, however, generally, treatment begins with compression stockings. This is recommended to relieve symptoms of varicose veins initially. Then, you will work with your physician to customize a care plan which can include minimally invasive procedures and surgery.

All forms of treatment destroy or remove veins. Therefore, the remaining veins take over the workload, carrying the blood where it needs to go. Blood flow then becomes more efficient. Sclerotherapy, where a tiny needle injects the vein with a medication to collapse it, is usually used for spider veins or smaller varicose veins.  Laser beams are also used to treat small veins.  These procedures are used in combination as well, and usually require multiple treatments. All treatments are offered at in an outpatient clinic setting, allowing for a quick recovery.  

If you would like to learn more about varicose vein procedures, Silver Cross will be holding a free program on Monday, March 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Conference Center, 1200 Maple Road, Joliet.  Register to attend online at www.silvercross.org, or call (888)-660-HEAL (4325). 

About Dr.Saeed Darbandi, M.D.
As a board certified surgeon, Dr. Saeed Darbandi has successfully treated thousands of patients with vein disorders. He performs general and vascular surgery, specializing in the latest minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of varicose veins. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been serving the Joliet community since 1998. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Darbandi at the Vein and Laser Center located in Orland Park & Joliet at 815-744-0005 or visit bestveinandlasercenter.com.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and a one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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