Who We Are
The Vein Clinic is a UPSVIS specialty clinic established for the sole purpose of treatment of varicose veins, deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and other venous diseases of the extremities. Continuing their pioneering ways, UPSVIS formed the first specialty Vein center in Michigan under the direction of Dr. Mehall and Dr. Ouimette. For years patients with varicose veins and other venous disease, which may or may not lead to bulging varicose veins, had been under-diagnosed or had been presented with limited, incomplete or undesirable treatment options. The mission of The Vein Clinic is to utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options to present patients with a comprehensive treatment plan, which will offer the best possible outcome with minimal patient discomfort and short recovery time. Since its inception, the Vein Clinic has performed over 2,700 vein procedures making its physicians and staff the most experienced Vein Center in the Upper Peninsula and through out most of Michigan. Dr. Mehall is certified by and a member of the American College of Phlebology. Experience Matters.
What We Offer
The Vein Clinic currently offers services in Marquette (main clinic) and Escanaba. We offer many treatments and procedures, from compression stockings to sclerotherapy, and will treat something as small as a cosmetic spider veins to as life threatening as pulmonary embolism (a blood clot traveling from your deep veins to your lung). The Vein Clinic staff also utilizes its close relationship with other medical subspecialists to make additional services readily available to our patients. Intensive wound care treatment is available with extended care offered through our relationship with specialty wound care programs in Northern Michigan. Surgical and medical consultation is also available for the rare patient who may not have good minimally-invasive treatment options or who has a non-venous etiology for his or her problem.
Deep Vein Thrombosis: Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when you form a blood clot in the deep vein of your leg. Typically due to inactivity, injury or dehydration, your blood will have a tendency to slow down its movement back to the heart and will sometimes form a clot. This clot will slow down blood movement even more, causing itself to get bigger and bigger. DVT symptoms are subtle, things to watch out for are:
- Leg fatigue or aching pain
- Calf/thigh tenderness
- Swelling/discoloration of the leg
- Sudden new varicose veins
Complications of DVT can be life threatening, if you suspect you have DVT you should call and make an appointment with a doctor immediately. Other risk factors of DVT include obesity, smoking, and family history of the disease.
Pulmonary Embolism: Pulmonary Embolism, or PE, is the most dangerous and most feared complication of DVT when left untreated or treated improperly. PE occurs when a portion or the entire clot in your deep vein is broken off the vein wall and travels up towards the heart. This clot will eventually reach, and block, the vessels that supply your lungs with blood. Once these vessels are blocked to a significant degree, your lungs will not be able to provide your blood with enough oxygen. This will cause too much strain on your heart and may end in acute heart failure. Similar to DVT, symptoms of PE are subtle, warning signs include:
- Sharp chest pain (especially with deep breathing)
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat
- Loss of consciousness
Pulmonary embolism occurs in about 600,000 new patients each year with about 1/3 of cases causing fatality. If treated correctly, your chance of survival will be much higher.
Varicose Veins: Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. Usually occurring to superficial veins of the legs, varicose veins form when the valves of the vein no longer push the blood back up the leg against gravity. Once these valves are damaged, blood tends to pool in these veins forming blue bulging varicose veins. Often times varicose veins may seem like a cosmetic issue with no painful symptoms, however if varicose veins are left long enough, the leakage may start to cause more complications. Some of these complications include:
- Heavy/Aching feeling
- Restless legs/night cramping
- Leg swelling
- Possible ulcer near the ankles
Often time’s treatment for varicose veins will start with wearing compression hose stockings. If your veins are in need of more treatment you may need sclerotherapy, venous ablation, or microphlebectomy. It is important to see a doctor before your varicose veins cause too many more complications.
Spider Veins: Spider veins, referred to as such because of the similarity they often bear to a spider or a spider’s web, are a mild variant of varicose veins. These are very small or tiny blood vessels that lie very close to the skin. The walls of these very small veins become weak related to a variety of factors and begin to bulge at or through the skin’s surface. Spider veins can be red, blue or purple in color. Spider veins are more common in women, but do occur in men, and are associated with a family history of varicose veins, hormonal changes and aging.
Discomfort associated with spider veins is usually less severe than with larger, bulging varicose veins, but associated itching can be very annoying. Rarely, slightly larger spider veins, called reticular or telangiectatic veins, may spontaneously bleed.