Causes: Age, obesity, prolonged standing or sitting, lack of exercise, injury, hereditary, menopause and pregnancy can all be factors in developing these venous conditions as well as the severity of symptoms.
Symptoms: Besides being cosmetically unsightly, other symptoms can occur in the legs such as pain, cramping, heaviness, tiredness, swelling, throbbing, burning and restless legs. Advanced disease can also cause eczema, inflammation and itching. In some cases, ulcers on the lower legs can develop.
Once venous disease becomes more advanced, other complications can occur such as hyperpigmentation or changes in skin color, lipodermosclerosis or hardening/inflammation of underlying skin, severe non-healing leg ulcers or spontaneous bleeding. More serious conditions include blood clots, vein inflammation, thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis which can be potentially life-threatening.
GOOD NEWS! Venous disease and its symptoms can be treated in the Tri-Cities at The Vein Company.
The Vein Company is a comprehensive vein center that is committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. Their team of highly-specialized providers offers a broad range of innovative treatment options.
The Vein Company’s team
Medical Director Randall Towne, M.D., F.A.C.C., is from East Tennessee and has over 25 years of experience specializing in vein and vascular disease. Dr. Towne is board certified in internal medicine earning his medical degree at the University of Mysore and completed his internship at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts. He completed his residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Hospital of St. Raphael, an affiliate of Yale-New Haven Hospital, along with a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, both in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography and the American Heart Association.
Physician’s Assistant Elizabeth “Libby” Reed has been treating patients with vascular and vein disease for over 13 years. She earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-professional at Tusculum College in Greeneville.
Jennifer Nowak, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C. is the newest member of The Vein Company team. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee.
Treatment options: The Vein Company provides several innovative treatments for venous disease. Most are minimally invasive and are done in the office with little or no down time. Treatments can significantly improve the patient’s overall quality of life. The most widely used treatments include Radiofrequency Ablation, Venaseal, Sclerotherapy and Varithena. Each of these modalities shut down the diseased veins and the blood re-routes to healthy veins, thus reducing symptoms.
Insurance: A patient may ask, “Are these treatments covered by my insurance?” Thankfully, about 95 percent of the treatments offered by The Vein Company are medically necessary and covered by Commercial Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. A few cosmetic procedures for spider veins are not typically covered. The Vein Company accepts most insurance plans.
FREE services: Many people with various venous conditions wear compression socks. These medical grade socks/stockings constrict the diseased veins in the calves which helps alleviate worsening symptoms. Did you know that in order to get the correct compression socks you have to be measured? The Vein Company offers this measuring and fitting service absolutely FREE without an appointment. They have a good selection of compression socks available for purchase or they can write a prescription for you to purchase them elsewhere.
The Vein Company locations: Their Johnson City office opened in 2015 and is located next to the Johnson City Medical Center, at 310 N. State of Franklin Rd., Suite 102. Their satellite location in Kingsport opened in 2016, but they recently moved to a new 6,400-square-foot office at 4 Sheridan Square, Suite 102, near the Kingsport Aquatic Center. Patients have the option to make an appointment and have treatment at either location. In May 2018, The Vein Company opened a Knoxville location at 1450 Dowell Springs Blvd., Suite 110.
Grand Opening: The Vein Company will hold an “Open House” at its new Kingsport office — 4 Sheridan Square, Suite 102 — from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25. The general public is invited to attend, enjoy refreshments and meet the team. Anyone interested in learning more about venous disease can call ahead to schedule free vein education on that date. A separate event for any referring physicians’ offices and their staff members will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 23.
If you think you might be suffering from venous disease, come to the open house. You can read more about it and take a FREE online “self-assessment” at https://www.theveincompany.com/ or call (423) 328-0163 to schedule a FREE one-on-one vein education appointment at The Vein Company.