Mohammed Islam, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Metro Vein Centers – How to Prevent Varicose Veins

Dr. Mohammed Islam is a vascular surgeon in the White Plains, New York branch of Metro Vein Centers. He is a Certified Member of International Society of Endovascular Surgery, a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Islam has practiced endovenous, venous, endovascular, vascular, and general surgery for the last 25 years. He served as Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Indiana Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania and Indiana between 2012 and 2017. He left his hospital career for MVC so that he could use the latest treatments on patients, make them comfortable, and treat them within an hour. He believes that the new technology MVC uses better serves patients in an outpatient office than in a hospital.

He finished his residency at New York Methodist Hospital. Then he completed a clinical fellowship in vascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He obtained vascular training from Dr. Deithrich and Dr. Michael Debakey at Baylor College of Medicine and Arizona Heart Institute.

Metro Vein Centers

MVC has offices in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.

The American Medical Association recognizes all MVC doctors for their expertise in treating vein disorders and varicose veins. All MVC doctors are recognized by the premier vein doctor society, the American College of Phlebology, as experts who use cutting-edge techniques.

The in-office techniques used include sclerothapy, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

Sclerotherapy causes spider veins and small varicose veins to close and be reabsorbed into the body. The sclerotherapy procedure lasts just a half hour and involves the injection of a solution into the defective vessels.

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) closes veins through the use of laser light that heats specific areas. The veins reabsorb into the body. Laser treats the root cause of varicose veins as well as the symptoms. This procedure takes an hour. Patients recover within a few hours, and there is only minor discomfort.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is used to treat the greater saphenous vein and the small saphenous vein. It also treats perforator veins and side branches. Ultrasound is used to guide the doctor in this process. A catheter emits radio waves in affected areas, causing the veins to close and reabsorb. Blood flow reroutes through healthier veins. This process takes just an hour, and recovery occurs within a few hours with little discomfort.

The ablation procedures are nearly always covered by insurance. The sclerotherapy procedure is sometimes covered by insurance.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins

  • Compression Hose – Let a professional help you find the right amount of pressure to deal with early vein development.
  • Wear Loose Clothes – You can improve blood circulation if you avoid clothes that fit tightly around the waist and legs. Also, wear flats.
  • Avoid Using Birth Control Long-Term – Increased estrogen changes the function of peripheral vein valves.
  • Quit Smoking – Smoking leads to high blood pressure, which can cause varicose veins to develop.
  • Avoid Prolonged Sitting or Standing – Inactive calf muscles weaken the walls and valves and increase venous pressure. Vein dysfunction results.
  • Avoid Bad Posture and Crossing Legs – Sitting up straight and keeping the legs uncrossed improve blood circulation.
  • Elevate your Legs – Proper blood circulation is enhanced if you put your legs above the heart.
  • Avoid Obesity – Extra pressure causes the veins to work harder to circulate the blood up to the heart, which can cause varicose veins.
  • Exercise – Exercise wards off venous dysfunction, reduces high blood pressure, and strengthens the entire circulatory system.