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Decatur Memorial Hospital Varicose Vein Center Now Open


Decatur, Ill…The Decatur Memorial Hospital Varicose Vein Center, located in Suite 2350 of the hospital at 2300 North Edward St. is now open. Board certified DMH Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Marvin Derrick, M.D., utilizes the latest in advanced technology and minimally invasive techniques to treat varicose and spider veins.

            Instead of old-fashioned vein stripping, new, minimally invasive techniques performed with local anesthesia allow for virtually painless correction. The procedure to treat varicose veins offers many benefits including: less scarring; less pain; and quick return to normal activity. This outpatient procedure is performed at the Surgery Center of Decatur Memorial Hospital, and is covered by most insurance plans.

            Symptoms of varicose veins in the leg include pain or achy feeling; swelling; heavy, tired legs, and skin changes or skin ulcerations.

            Spider veins are treated with lasers and injections using sclerotherapy agents. Usually, three to five treatments involving minimal discomfort are required for optimal results. Almost all spider vein complexes will need sclerotherapy, even if a laser is also used.  It is involves minimal discomfort and is done in an outpatient setting.

Dr. Derrick is part of Illinois Heart Specialists, the cardiovascular division of DMH Medical Group. The DMH Medical Group is the largest medical group in Macon County.

            Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois.  Today, DMH is a 300-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians.  DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. DMH has been recognized as a 2012 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Thomas Reuters.  For more information, call 217-876-2850.