Dr. Wenger completed his B.S. & B.A. at the University of Cincinnati and general surgery residency at Wright State University, and has additional training in vascular surgery. Dr. Wenger, his wife, and children moved to Cleveland, TN in 2007 to join Surgical Associates of Cleveland.
Dr. Wenger specializes in treating varicose veins, and he also performs laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder, appendectomy, diverticulitis, hernia repair, and treats a variety of cancers including breast and colon. Regardless the procedure type, you can depend on Dr. Wenger to devote all his time and attention making sure you get the complete medical care you deserve.
Have you or one of your family members developed varicose veins, skin ulcers, or spider veins? Dr. Wenger offers superior surgical and non-invasive treatments for varicose veins and unsightly blood vessels in the legs and all parts of the body. His new treatment strategy can relieve pressure on the veins on the surface of the skin, as well as increase blood flow to deep veins. Dr. Wenger uses a new non-invasive laser treatment to treat affected veins. This new treatment works over long periods of time, and can even prevent varicose veins from progressing, so you can finally stop wearing those uncomfortable compression stockings!
See What They're Saying...
They Did Surgery on a Grape.
You may have seen headlines, instagram posts, youtube videos, memes, or other forms of social media promoting a grape surgery this past winter. I'd like to speak about those. You see the grape in question did not need surgery, but it was small, delicate, had very thin skin, and if it were sentient, would present a surgeon with a rather complex and dangerous procedure. But it didn't - A. Because it's not sentient B. Because the precision of the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and the skill of the surgeon operating that system make surgeries like peeling the skin off a grape significantly more safe and effective.
But why should you care? Because I am one of those surgeons trained to utilize the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and it's possible that system may be used in your next surgery with me. Still not sure? Watch this video.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CONDITIONS ANYWAY?
Venous disease is typically caused by the improper flow of blood in the veins of the legs. When valves within veins malfunction or fail, blood is not pumped back toward the heart and tends to pool in the lower legs. The blood pooling causes markedly increased pressure in the veins.
This leads to a host of issues that can be visually displeasing, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. Fortunately, modern treatments can rejuvenate the appearance of the legs as well as restore a higher quality of life to those who suffer from venous disorders.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Varicose Veins and Venous diseases are extremely common. By age 50, nearly 20% of men and up to 40% of women experience some form of vein disorder. As many as 25 million Americans may suffer varicose veins. Family history, multiple pregnancies, standing or sitting in the same position for long periods of time, and a history of blood clots are all contributing factors to the development of vein disease.
The good news is that over the past decade, there have been many innovations in the modern treatment of venous diseases. There are more minimally-invasive treatments than ever before, and traditional procedures such as vein stripping have largely been replaced by modern treatments. These treatments involve less downtime and much less discomfort during recovery.
Patients benefit from a greatly improved appearance and relief from the pain, aching, cramping, numbness, itching, burning, swelling and fluid retention associated with venous insufficiency. Patients are amazed that the lower leg ulcers they have suffered with for years will potentially heal over in a few weeks to months. Many are delighted to realize they can go about their daily lives in much greater comfort, and can return to wearing clothing like shorts and capri pants that they had previously given up.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
HERE'S A FEW OF THE MOST COMMON ONES I GET ASKED
Although insurance companies consider some treatments for venous disease to be cosmetic procedures, most will pay for the treatment of symptomatic varicose veins. Our office staff members will help you determine whether your insurance will cover all or part of your procedure. We also have several financing options available to help you get the treatment that you need.
The term venous insufficiency refers to a condition in which the veins fail to circulate blood properly. Usually this is caused by faulty valves within the veins of the legs. In normal veins, blood is constantly being circulated back up from the leg veins to the heart. When venous insufficiency occurs, the blood pools in the legs instead of moving upward, leading to increased pressure, discomfort, and swelling.
There are several risk factors for developing venous disease. These include:
- Family or genetic history
- Female gender, due to hormones
- Inactivity or remaining in the same position for long periods of time
- Injury to the leg
- Hormone therapy
Women are more likely to experience venous disorders than men due to female hormones and pregnancy. Even though women are more likely to develop vein problems a large number of men still experience vein disease and would benefit from modern treatment methods.
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins in the legs that are sometimes ropey and twisted in appearance. They can be accompanied by a host of uncomfortable symptoms, including burning, pressure, swelling, cramping, restlessness, skin changes and itching.
Spider veins are groups of red or blue veins, close to the surface of the skin, that resemble the delicate strands of spider webs. Spider veins are more common on the legs and face, though they can appear in other areas as well. It is common to find spider veins and varicose veins together.
No. In fact, your circulatory health will improve with the veins’ removal. Diseased veins are already not doing what they are supposed to—returning blood to the heart. Once they are removed or destroyed, other, healthy veins, will compensate to keep your blood moving through your legs correctly.
Vein treatment has progressed a long way over the past ten years. Thanks to advancements in the treatment of venous disease, you will usually not experience any significant scarring. If you do have a few marks after a treatment, they will be tiny and should fade over time.