As cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, we specialize in surgery of the heart, lungs, chest, esophagus and major blood vessels of the body. For over 40 years Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates (CTVSA) has been here for you in the most vital area of your life—your health! We pride ourselves on the fact that we offer care for the entire spectrum of congestive, degenerative and congenital heart and vascular disease. In fact, we have performed well over 50,000 heart, vascular and lung/chest wall operations in the past 40 years for patients across the gulf coast.
More recently, we’ve added vein care to our area of expertise. Through The Vein Specialists, we are able to evaluate, diagnose and treat symptoms related to both varicose and spider veins. Our treatment options range from conservative therapy to minimally invasive procedures and surgery.
Our cardiac surgical programs are located in three hospital centers in Mobile and Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. We are constantly building the best medical team of physicians, nurses, technicians and staff who all have the same goal—provide you with the ability to experience a happy, healthy life.
- Coronary artery bypass
- Mitral valve repair and replacement
- Aortic valve repair and replacement
- Aortic dissection
- Repair of thoracic aortic aneurysm
- Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
- Thoracoscopy (VATS)
- Robotic Surgery
- Mediastinal Procedures
- Cancer, Metastatic Disease
- Congenital Malformations
- Chest Wall Diseases, Cancers
- Esophageal Cancers & Benign Esophageal Disease
- Pleural & Pericardial Effusions
- Airway Management
- Tracheal & Bronchial Disease, Cancers
- Benign Tracheal Stenosis
- Sympathectomy Procedures
- Minimally invasive techniques
- Robotic assist
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Aortofemoral bypass
- Peripheral arterial surgery
- Dialysis access surgery
- Surgery for varicose veins (see The Vein Center)
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Did you know that varicose or spider veins affect over half of all adults over 50? If you are one of them you are certainly not alone. There is good news, however, as the most experienced cardivascular group in the area is ready to help. CTVSA has been healing gulf coast residents for over 40 years and through more than 50,000 surgeries. While your varicose veins may not even require surgery, isn’t it good to know you’re in such capable hands?
Understanding spider and varicose veins
Do you often hide your legs because of the way they look? You may have noticed tiny red or blue bursts (spider veins). Maybe you have veins that buldge or look twisted (varicose veins). If so, there are treatments that can help.
What are the symptoms?
Spider veins or varicose veins may never be a problem. Sometimes, however, they can cause legs to ache or swell. Your legs may also feel heavy and tired, or like they’re burning. These symptoms may be more severe at the end of the day. Prolonged sitting or standing can also make your symptoms worse.
Who gets spider and varicose veins?
Anyone can get spider or varicose veins. However, vein problems tend to be hereditary. Other factors that can affect veins include pregnancy, hormones and birth control pills; a job where you sit or stand for prolonged periods; extra weight or lack of exercise; and age.
What can be done?
Spider and varicose veins can affect the way you feel about yourself. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. There are treatments that can ease symptoms and make your legs look better.
Your treatment options
Treatment may include self care, sclerotherapy (the injection of a chemical into the veins), or surgery. Typically sclerotherapy is a viable solution with spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Large varicose veins may need surgery.