An estimated 50 percent of all Americans are believed to have some sort of venous (vein) or lymphatic disorder. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to significant pain, itching, swelling and medical complications.
Most vein and lymphatic disorders fall into one of three categories:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s (BWH) Department of Vascular Medicine uses a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat patients with venous and lymphatic disorders. Specialists in vascular medicine, surgery and radiology provide an integrated program of diagnostic care and treatment.
Varicose Veins and Venous Thrombosis
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for varicose veins may include any, or a combination, of the following:
Along with a complete a medical history and physical examination, lymphedema can be diagnosed using:
Specialists at BWH develop individualized treatment plans for patients with venous and vascular disorders based on:
Treatment is focused largely on control and prevention and may include:
The Heart & Vascular Center is located in the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, across the street from BWH’s main 75 Francis Street entrance. The Heart & Vascular Center brings together the full range of services in one location, fostering seamless and coordinated care for all cardiovascular patients.
If you are having a procedure, you will likely be scheduled for a visit to the Watkins Clinic for pre-operative information and tests.
The day of the procedure, you care will be provided by physicians, anesthesiologists and nurses who specialize in surgery for patients with venous and lymphatic disorders.
During your procedure, family and friends can wait in the Shapiro Family Center. Staff members will provide updates and caregivers who leave the hospital will be contacted by cell phone.
Patients benefit from the teamwork of vascular medicine physicians, vascular and endovascular surgeons, radiologists and anesthesiologists, all experts in venous and lymphatic disorders. They work alongside nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, dietitians and social workers to achieve outstanding outcomes for our patients.
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