By Gail Field
“There are 25 million people in the US with inadequate medical care for problems with veins, such as varicose veins, ulcers and other venous disease.” The major challenge for medical community is to identify these patients and refer them to vein specialists. Dr. Haimesh Shah has addressed this problem for Ventura County residents by establishing the Ventura Vein Center. “We are the only comprehensive vein center in Ventura County dedicated exclusively in the diagnose and treatment of venous disorders,” he says, “and we are committed to provide high quality care by offering personalized evaluation and treatment.”
Dr. Shah smiles when he remembers why he went into medicine. “In medicine, I get to participate in doing something good for people. There is no greater joy than the one you feel when you manage to help patients with chronic venous disease.”
Dr. Shah describes the Ventura Vein Center, founded just a year ago, with enthusiasm. “Treatments for varicose and spider veins are minimally invasive, relatively painless with very few side effects. They are performed in the privacy and comfort of our clinic, under local anesthesia. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and most individuals are able to return to work the same day.”
Venous disease is a chronic, progressive disease, and patients need to get early medical attention. There are multiple stages of venous disease. “Working in hospital settings, I have noticed that when patients come in for treatment, they are often already in the late stages of the disease. Vein problems occur due to weakened vein wall and damaged vein valves. The risk factors include age, family history, pregnancy, standing for long periods, abdominal straining, and obesity. As a result, patients suffer from leg cramps, leg heaviness, aching pain, burning, itching, leg swelling, numbness in the legs, darkening of the skin and skin ulcers. Here at the Ventura Vein Center our goal is to help people heal by providing early treatment to slow the progression of the disease, allowing them to enjoy greater comfort and a healthier lifestyle. We are here to provide a complete service to help patients by providing compassionate and comprehensive treatment.”
Dr. Shah has extensive experience treating patients with vein problems, including venous insufficiency related ulcers. Dr. Shah serves as a Medical Director for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center at St. John’s Hospitals. In addition, Dr. Shah has served as a committee member for the Department of Medicine at St. John’s hospitals in 2013 and 2014. He is an active staff member at St. John’s Regional Medical Center (Oxnard), St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (Camarillo) and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center (Thousand Oaks).
The Ventura Vein Clinic has two state-of-the-art locations: Ventura and Camarillo. The website is www.venturavein.com and features helpful information to prospective patients. The Ventura clinic is located at 2991 Loma Vista Rd., Suite A103. Phone: 484-4625. The clinic is open Monday — Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Consultations in Spanish and English are available.