Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers patients a full range of vascular services to treat the arteries and major blood vessels in the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities. Our board certified vascular surgeons have extensive experience with vascular disease, endovascular and open aneurysms and venous thrombosis.
Diabetic patients benefit from our Wound Care Center as well as carbon dioxide imaging which eliminate any risk of further damaging the kidneys in these patients. All procedures can be performed in our operating rooms and interventional suites, which are all outfitted with the latest technologies.
Latest Varicose Veins Treatments
We offer a breakthrough technology, similar to what is used for heart interventions, to treat varicose veins. A device called Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy allows surgeons to thread a catheter, about the thickness of a spaghetti noodle, into the vein to heat it from within and seal it off, rather than removing it.
Not only is the treatment quick and relatively painless, it typically can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return to normal activities the very next day with veins beginning to deflate within a week or two.
Region’s Only Dedicated Chronic Pelvic Pain Center
Lutheran General Hospital is also home to one of the largest centers for pelvic varicose veins in the nation and the only one of its kind in the area. This relatively unknown condition affects women in child bearing years and accounts for approximately 80% of cases of undiagnosed pelvic pain in women.
Our multispecialty teams cares for women who have otherwise been suffering with pelvic pain for anywhere from one to more than 50 years.
Vascular surgery: Pelvic varicose veins can be treated in much the same way as varicose veins in the leg. Vascular surgeons at Lutheran General Hospital have specific training in treating pelvic varicose veins with great success.
Radiology: Our experienced technicians are trained to identify pelvic varicose veins through x-ray and ultrasound.
Urology: Often, these patients are misdiagnosed with interstitial cystitis and bladder pain. Our consulting urologists help to rule out these and other conditions.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Chronic pain can cause the muscles to spasm or relax too much. Our therapists assist patients in retraining the pelvic floor muscles to regain function.
Psychiatry: Patients often have to deal with the emotional and mental effects of coping with years of pain. Our psychiatrists help patients and their families address those issues.
Pain Service: In some cases, patients will have been on pain medications for years before being diagnosed. Our pain specialists assist in weaning patients of medications or changing medications once their pelvic varicose veins are finally diagnosed and treated.