Dr. Ken Hollis, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a vein doctor practicing at Metro Vein Centers’ Clear Lake, TX office. After graduating from Washburn University of Topeka with a B.S. in General Science, he did his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. Discovering a passion for critical care medicine, Dr. Hollis went to Baltimore’s Shock-Trauma Institute for postgraduate training. He returned to the University of Kansas Medical Center surgical faculty where he worked as the director of trauma and critical care surgery. Next, Dr. Hollis moved to Texas to study and then practice laparoscopic general surgery.
Dr. Hollis Gets Varicose Veins!
After 30 years of standing while performing operations, Dr. Hollis got varicose veins. People who stand all day at their job have an increased of getting varicose veins because blood can pool in the veins, stretching them and making the vein walls weak. He didn’t want to have vein stripping done, which was the standard treatment at the time. Vein stripping removes the saphenous vein; it takes a long time to heal after the surgery. There’s pain and a risk of blood clots. Afterward, there’s a possibly the varicose veins can come back. Modern vein doctors have practically abandoned this treatment.
Dr. Hollis Discovers Modern Varicose Vein Treatment
Dr. Hollis found a vein doctor at a vein center and discovered modern vein treatment options like those offered at Metro Vein Centers. Radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation and sclerosing have replacing vein stripping. Radiofrequency ablation is a safe, minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure which quiets the pain signals and helps the vein heal. Endovenous laser ablation uses a laser light to close the vein and the body reroutes blood through other veins. The procedure takes about an hour and it is done in the office with the patient under local anesthesia. Sclerotherapy is ideal for treating spider veins and small varicose veins. A simple injection of sclerosing solution will close the veins and patients recover immediately.
Where Dr. Hollis Practices
Dr. Hollis works at The Metro Vein Centers’ Texas office in Clear Lake, TX. If your legs ache, feel heavy or a vein is swollen and red, you don’t have to live with the symptoms. If you are not near Sugar Land, there are other Metro Vein Centers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and two more Texas locations.
When Can I Get Back to Work?
You should be able to go back to work the next day. If your job involves strenuous activity, you can go back to work in about one week. Individual healing times vary; your doctor will tell you when it’s safe to resume your normal activities.
While varicose veins are typically not a serious health problem, however, you should see a doctor because they can lead to serious health problems if untreated. Many health insurance plans cover vein treatment so there’s no need to suffer with the pain and having to put your legs up at the end of a long day.