Your blood vessels are the delivery drivers of your body, carrying oxygen, nutrients and, if needed, medication to your organs and other parts of your body. The doctors at Columbus General Surgery perform venous procedures that can both treat problems in your blood vessels, and use your blood vessels to help treat disease elsewhere in your body.
Cancer patients often need a continual supply of medication to attack their cancer cells and protect their normal cells. Doctors commonly implant a port — a small drum made of plastic or metal that has a thin tube going into a large vein — to make it easier to access blood vessels. At Columbus General Surgery, our doctors are experienced with placing ports for cancer patients or other patients who are critically ill and need constant medication.
Varicose veins are incredibly common — they affect about 40% of the population. They occur when blood vessels become abnormally twisted or enlarged, and cause the vessels to bulge and rise above the skin’s surface. Many people don’t like how varicose veins look, but for some, the problem is about more than just appearance. The veins can become uncomfortable, cause swelling in the legs and, in some cases, lead to more serious medical conditions such as leg ulcers.
The doctors at Columbus General Surgery use endovenous ablation to provide relief for varicose vein patients. Endovenous ablation is a procedure in which the doctor uses a thin tube to access the vein that is causing the problem. The doctor then uses the tube to treat the vein with laser or radiofrequency, destroying the vein’s walls and causing it to close and turn into scar tissue. This doesn’t create a problem with blood flow, because the circulatory system will divert the blood to other veins.
To make an appointment or learn more about vein access and procedures at Columbus General Surgery, call 402-564-5333.