Carolina Vein Center
is a comprehensive vein clinic specializing solely in the management and treatment of both medical varicose veins and cosmetic spider veins. We also offer other cosmetic services including Botox and Juvederm. Free Seminars
Education seminar includes free dinner, dessert and Target gift card to each attendee. A brief presentation on solutions to leg symptoms, “Liberate your Legs – no more tired, achy, heavy, swollen, legs” will be given during dinner. Both medical and cosmetic leg vein concerns will be reviewed, as well as, an explanation on evaluations, treatment options and insurance coverage.
The seminars are usually offered twice monthly at area restaurants.
Lindy McHutchison, MD
became interested in Phlebology, the diagnosis, treatment and management of varicose veins (venous disease) after having her own veins treated. Dr. McHutchison began training with notable physicians in the field of Phlebology, first at the Duke Vein Clinic with Dr. Cynthia Shortell, and subsequently, she completed an extended clinical training with Dr. John Mauriello, a pioneer in modern Phlebology. She also trained with Dr. John Kinglsey in Birmingham, AL, another nationally known phlebologist.
Dr. McHutchison began working with Dr. Mauriello at the VeinHelp Clinic in Durham. When Dr. Mauriello moved to Florida, Dr. McHutchison acquired the VeinHelp clinic, now Carolina Vein Center. Dr. McHutchison is a member of the American College of Phlebology and an active member of the ACP’s specialty recognition committee.
She attended medical school at LSU in Shreveport, LA and completed her Ob/Gyn residency at UCS’s LA County Hospital in LA, CA.
Prior to her interest in varicose veins, Dr. McHutchison practiced Ob/Gyn for 12 years in San Diego, where she also managed varicose veins in her pregnant patients. Although she is board certified in Ob/Gyn and still passionate about women’s health care, Dr. McHutchison now practices Phlebology full time.
Dr. McHutchison enjoys playing tennis, ballroom dancing and swimming. She admits, "I love doing veins - veins are my hobby!"
Conservative Treatment – Compression Stockings
The most conservative way to manage varicose vein disease is wearing prescription-strength compression stockings (usually knee length, but sometimes thigh length hose are needed). Compression stockings help alleviate the swelling and pain caused by varicose veins. These stockings will also help heal any skin inflammation or ulcerations which have developed. However, there has never been any evidence to show that compression stockings prevent the formation of varicose veins. Since the diseased veins that are causing the symptoms are not being eliminated, the compression stockings have to be worn indefinitely. Some insurance companies are now requiring patients to wear prescription strength compression stockings for 3-6 months before they will consider reimbursement for treatment.Sclerotherapy & Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy:
Sclerotherapy is ideal for treating small to medium size varicose veins. It involves the injection of a solution into diseased veins with the intent to create scar tissue inside the vein that will seal it closed. The veins then shrink and gradually disappear. The solution used is extremely safe and relatively painless. Anesthesia and sedation are not needed. For deeper varicosities ultrasound is often used to "guide" the injections into the underlying diseased veins below the surface of the skin. This allows the medication to be administered to precise locations safely and accurately. Sclerotherapy is often done during post operative visits to eliminate any diseased veins that were too small or too deep to remove during surgery. Thus, surgery and sclerotherapy are often complementary, ensuring that all the diseased veins are eliminated with treatment.
Foam Sclerotherapy (Sclerofoam)
Foam Sclerotherapy is nothing more than injecting air mixed with a liquid sclerosing solution (sclerofoam) rather than just the liquid sclerosing solution into the veins to be treated. Both small and large veins can betreated using a foam technique with or without ultrasound guidance. The amount of foam used is limited toavoid side effects and both techniques may be used together to obtain optimal results. When injected inside a vein, the micro foam displaces the blood (rather than mixing with it) creating better contact with the vein wall. Improved contact between the medication and vein wall givesbetter and faster results. The expanded volume of the mixture also allows for less medication to be used at a weaker strength.
CVC is a comprehensive vein clinic specializing in the management and treatment of both medical varicose veins, cosmetic spider veins.