The Vein Clinic
Tallahassee Memorial's Vein Clinic at TMH Physician Partners, Services by Southern Medical Group offers a variety of treatment options devoted to your specific venous needs. Specializing in eliminating painful varicose veins and chronic and non-healing wounds, our multidisciplinary team includes two interventional cardiologists, a nurse practitioner and cardiovascular sonographers.
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Your veins are responsible for sending your blood from your limbs back to your heart. The valves within your veins are responsible for preventing back flow of the blood. If your valves are not working properly or damaged your blood doesn’t get pushed properly back to the heart, causing blood to pool in the veins of your legs. This condition is called Venous Insufficiency.
Several factors can cause venous insufficiency, such as history of blood clots (or Deep Vein Thrombosis) or varicose veins. Other factors such as family history, obesity, multiple pregnancies, smoking, leg injury or inactivity also play a large role in development.
Signs of Venous Disease
Chronic Venous Insufficiency can range from mild to severe with resulting symptoms being mild to severe. Venous Insufficiency is a non-emergent progressive disease that should be treated if it is affecting your daily life. Here are some signs that may indicate venous insufficiency.
- Painful or achy legs
- Swelling of your legs or ankles
- Skin changes including thickening, scaling, itching, and discoloration
- Leg cramps / Restlessness
- Weak or fatigued legs
- Varicose Veins
- Leg ulcers or wounds that are slow healing
A plan of treatment will be developed based on factors specific to you. These factors include your specific symptoms, your age, severity of your condition and how well you can tolerate procedures. All of our treatment options are preformed in-office as an outpatient procedure.
Procedures We Offer
- Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect from my first appointment?
During your first appointment, you will receive a thorough examination by one of our interventional cardiologists or nurse practitioner to determine your current health needs.
We will document the appearance of your lower extremities and related symptoms. If you have a wound we will document the size and status of your wound. The physician may then decide to schedule some diagnostic testing, if needed.
Possible tests include:
- Venous Ultrasound
- Arterial testing or other vascular studies
- Laboratory evaluation
The results from your assessment and any initial testing will be used to create your customized treatment plan and determine what therapies you need.
How should I prepare for treatment?
After an initial consultation and examination at the clinic, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment plan. It is important that you follow the instructions specific to the procedure you will receive. The day of any procedure we recommend avoiding caffeine and staying well hydrated. You do not need to fast before you procedure. You may drive to-and –from your appointment.
Will my insurance cover my treatment?
Proper testing will determine if you have venous insufficiency. If so, most insurance companies recognize this as a debilitating disease and will cover your treatment. This information will be determined before we start the treatment process.
A Comprehensive Team of Venous Specialists
- William C. Dixon, MD
- John N Katopodis, MD
- Taryn Talley, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
- LaTasha Bogan, RVS, RCS
- James Graven RDCS (AE, PE), RVT, RDMS (FE), RPhS
- Stormi Sellers, CNA
Vein Clinic at TMH Physician Partners, Services by Southern Medical Group
1300 Medical Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
You can be admitted to the Vein Clinic through a referral from your doctor or you can refer yourself.