Bellin Health to offer free vein screening

10/07/2008

GREEN BAY — Bellin Health along with General and Vascular Surgery of Green Bay will host a free event designed to aid people with varicose and spider vein concerns on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Bellin Hospital, 744 S. Webster Ave.

This is a free, one-on-one screening, during which, Dr. Stewart Gifford will evaluate painful or unsightly varicose or spider veins and make treatment suggestions. Appointments can be scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on October 15.

Gifford will see participants at General and Vascular Surgery, inside Bellin Hospital.

“Our vein screening participants will receive the individual information they need to be able to best address their specific vein health issues,” he said.

Varicose veins – twisted, bulging veins – affect up to 15 percent of men and up to 25 percent of women in the United States. Any vein can become varicose, but those most likely to be affected are found in the legs and feet.

Symptoms of varicose veins include: Leg pain; tired, heavy legs; swelling in the legs; numbness in the legs; and severe itching in the legs.

Spider veins are a relatively milder version of varicose veins.

Registration for the one-on-one screening is required. Please call (920) 445-7363 or (888) 758-7373 for more information.