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12.18.2017

New Limb Salvage and Vein Center Offers Comprehensive Vascular Care

South Florida patients with pain in the legs, feet or arms, swollen veins or other symptoms of peripheral artery disease can now receive specialized diagnosis and treatment at the new comprehensive Limb Salvage and Vein Center at UHealth Tower.

“Our new center, staffed by experienced specialists with UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, provides a full spectrum of vascular services for patients with these challenging medical conditions,” said Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor and chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, director of the Vascular Laboratory at UHealth Tower, and the David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

“Patients can also enroll in clinical trials of new vascular devices and leading-edge treatments,” said Jorge Rey, M.D., associate professor of surgery and a board-certified vascular surgeon.

Located on the sixth floor west, the new center includes surgical suites for laser and sclerotherapy treatment of varicose veins, endovascular and reconstructive procedures, and ultrasound diagnostic technology. The unit’s staff includes seven vascular surgeons, as well as nurse practitioners, ultrasound technicians, and nurses.

“We can utilize minimally invasive procedures to treat blockages and clots in the legs,” Rey said. “We also address issues like varicose veins, swelling of the legs, difficulty in walking or pain in the feet and legs.”

Rey added that the vascular surgeons work closely with podiatrists, plastic surgeons and other specialists to provide appropriate care for patients.

“The center now provides endovascular treatments, open reconstructive procedures and clinical trials of stents and other devices in one location,” he said. “It’s a convenient one-stop center for diagnosis and treatment of arterial and vein disease. We offer minimally invasive techniques, such as angioplasty and stents, open reconstructions, and medical treatments as well as stem cells — whatever is necessary to save their limbs.”

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