Vein Care Services Now Available at IVCH Wound Center

Outpatient treatment for vascular disease of the vein is now available at the wound center at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

The IVCH Vein Center uses a minimally-invasive laser treatment in an outpatient setting to deliver a higher level of care in a more convenient manner, according to Jill Smoode, the wound center’s program director.

Specifically, the new vein services now available at IVCH include:

  • Screening for venous reflux, a medical condition affecting circulation of the blood in your body’s lower extremities.
  • Endovascular laser treatment, an ultrasound-guided technique for treating symptomatic varicose veins.
  • Duplex ultrasound, a non-invasive evaluation of blood flow through your arteries and veins.

Vascular disease of the vein affects millions of people throughout the United States each year and is often a factor in the development of chronic, non-healing wounds. Vein care is especially important for patients with limited access to local care or for those who have limited mobility or transportation issues.

Vascular disease – including peripheral artery disease (PAD) - also contributes to 80 percent of all non-traumatic limb amputations in the U.S. annually.

“By adding vein services to the list of advanced wound care treatment options already available at IVCH, we will be able to heal more people living with conditions that lead to chronic wounds,” said Hobbs.

The new vein services are being offered through Healogics, IVCH’s wound care management partner.

For more information, call the Illinois Valley Wound and Hyperbaric Center at 815-780-3834.