A new treatment for varicose veins

 

Vein Foot webIf you have varicose veins, you have a health problem called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Millions suffer with CVI, some without the visible signs of bulging varicose veins. With or without these telltale veins, CVI can cause aching, throbbing and swelling of the legs. CVI can become worse, causing permanent skin changes and leg ulcers that are not always recognized as related to vein disease. Leg ulcers don’t often resolve without treating the underlying cause, CVI.

For years, surgical vein stripping was the treatment of choice. Vein stripping has been largely replaced in the last 16 years by a minimally invasive procedure using either radiofrequency or laser energy. But, like anything else, even good solutions to problems aren’t perfect for everyone.

Today, Tracy Brito, MD, RVT, ABVLM, vein specialist at the InnovaMed Vein Clinic at Mercyhealth Perryville, located at 3401 N. Perryville Rd. in Rockford, now offers the FDA-approved VenaSeal Closure System to treat select patients. Dr. Brito uses VenaSeal, a medical-grade, well-tested glue, to close the affected veins. Venaseal patients can immediately resume their usual activity and compression stockings are rarely needed.

With the addition of VenaSeal, Dr. Brito now has several procedures, all less expensive and with better outcomes than vein stripping surgery, to treat patients with CVI, its serious complications, and varicose veins.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brito, call Mercyhealth Perryville at (815) 971-2840.

 

Active Aging Series – Incontinence: The Silent Epidemic

wwRockford Health System and Wesley Willows are proud to present the Active Aging series of educational topics for your healthy life. Active Aging presentations will be offered the first Thursday of every month. The events, held at 4142 Johns Farm Road in the Town Center of Wesley Willows, are free and the public is welcome to attend.

The series continues on Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled “Incontinence: The Silent Epidemic.” Although many women are bothered by a loss of bladder control and pelvic discomfort they are often not aware that these problems have a name, much less how common they really are. Incontinence and pelvic floor problems are remarkably common but many women are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma associated with these conditions. Thomas Toussaint, M.D., a urogynecologist at the Women’s Center at Rockford Health System, will discuss the newest techniques available to treat the issues so you can live a healthy life.

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Rockford Health System Welcomes Manjusha Anna, MD

Anna_Manjusha_MDRockford Health System welcomes Manjusha Anna, MD, to the Heart and Vascular Center at Rockford Health Physicians,  where she specializes in cardiology. Dr. Anna earned her medical degree at Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in India. She completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology, a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Anna is board certified in internal medicine.

To make an appointment with Dr. Anna, please call (815) 971-2200.

 

 

 

Active Aging Series: Beating Heart Surgery

beatingRockford Health System and Wesley Willows are proud to present the Active Aging series of educational topics for your healthy life. Active Aging presentations will be offered the first Thursday of every month. The events, held at 4142 Johns Farm Road in the Town Center of Wesley Willows, are free and the public is welcome to attend.

The series continues on Thursday, April 7 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled “Beating Heart Surgery.” As medicine advances, new techniques that reduce the risk for complications are adopted. One such advancement is beating heart surgery. After surgery on a beating heart, there is generally a quicker recovery, shorter hospital stay and less chance for complications. Join Timothy Swain, MD, a cardiothoracic surgery at Rockford Health System, who will discuss how this procedure can help you get back to your healthy life.

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Rockford Health System Welcomes Evelyn Oteng, MD

Oteng_Evelyn_MDwebRockford Health System welcomes Evelyn Oteng, MD, to Rockford Memorial Hospital where she specializes in pain management. Dr. Oteng earned her medical degree at University of Ghana Medical School in Accra. She completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana before completing a residency in anesthesiology at University of Louisville. Dr. Oteng completed a fellowship in pain management at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.

Denise Schrader Receives YWCA Women of Achievement Professional Award

Schrader_Denise_2015.jpgThe YWCA recognized Vice President of Care Continuum and Wellness Denise Schrader with its Women of Achievement Professional Award. The award is presented to women in the fields of medicine, law, education, science, engineering and others which require professional accreditation in order to perform work in that field.

Schrader’s nomination describes her as a leader in the home care/hospice industry, nationally and locally, with a reputation for producing results. She is called upon by national and state associations to advocate for legislative and policy changes improving access and quality of care for critically ill and elderly patients.

Schrader has implemented new technologically advanced program services. She led the Health Care Reform Steering Committee for Rockford Health System, successfully creating a clinically integrated network, Medicare ACO and bundled payments to better the patient experience, reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes. She also developed a robust post-acute care team focusing on care outside the hospital in nursing homes and physician home care services to improve care across the continuum.

What You Need to Know About Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis

Spine_WWRockford Health System and Wesley Willows are proud to present the Active Aging series of educational topics for your healthy life. Active Aging presentations will be offered the first Thursday of every month. The events, held at 4142 Johns Farm Road in the Town Center of Wesley Willows, are free and the public is welcome to attend.

The series continues on Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled “What You Need to Know About Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis.” Osteoarthritis, which occurs when protective bone cartilage wears down over time, is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak, commonly occurs in the hips, wrist or spine. Both cause pain and difficulty with daily activities. Join Tami Kucia, PA-C, RD, LDN, a physician assistant who specializes in rheumatology at Rockford Health System, who will discuss how you can prevent and treat these diseases so you can live a healthy life.