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Blog Archive

Is Leg Pain Ever Normal? Sep 8th, 2022

More than a third of Americans suffer from lower leg pain, including chronic leg pain that makes it hard to walk, sleep, and enjoy other activities. While some leg pain is temporary, other pain can be a sign of a more serious underlying problem that isn’t going to get better without medical...

How to Know If You Have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Aug 5th, 2022

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a fairly common cause of pelvic pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, affecting about 15% of American women between the ages of 18 and 50. But despite how common it is, many women have never even heard of the condition.  As a top-ranked vascular surgeon in...

What to Know About Wound Care If You're Diabetic Jul 6th, 2022

For most of us, a minor cut is no big deal. But if you have diabetes, a small cut can cause major problems. In fact, wounds that don’t heal can turn into deep infections called ulcers, especially in your feet and lower legs, and these infections significantly increase your risk of lower...

What Causes Spider Veins? Jun 1st, 2022

Spider veins sound like a makeup technique reserved for Halloween. But sadly, they’re real — and they’re really common, too. In fact, 80-85% of American adults have spider veins or their larger counterparts, varicose veins.  While having a lot of spider veins could be a sign of an underlying problem, a few...

What to Expect After Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery May 5th, 2022

Affecting roughly 6.5 million Americans, peripheral artery disease (PAD) happens when the arteries in your legs (or less commonly, your arms or organs) are blocked by sticky deposits of cholesterol that block normal blood flow to your extremities. In its early stages, PAD can often be treated conservatively, with medication, lifestyle...

How Is Aortic Disease Treated? Apr 12th, 2022

When most people think of artery disease, they think of atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries), a common condition that happens when sticky plaque deposits collect inside the walls of the arteries. But there are other types of artery diseases, including problems that affect the biggest artery in your body —...

Understanding Your Peripheral Artery Disease Diagnosis Mar 14th, 2022

More than 6 million Americans age 40 and up have peripheral artery disease (PAD), a chronic medical problem that increases the risks of stroke, heart attack, and other serious complications. PAD doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms, and for those newly diagnosed, the disease can raise a lot of questions. Allison...

What to Do About Painful Varicose Veins Feb 10th, 2022

Varicose veins are a common cause of leg pain, affecting about a third of Americans at some point during their lifetimes. While leg pain is enough of a reason to seek treatment, these damaged veins interfere with normal circulation, and sometimes they can be a sign of a more serious...

All About Skin Ulcers: Types and Treatments Jan 9th, 2022

Every year in the United States, millions of people develop skin ulcers, deep wounds, or sores that don’t heal normally. These ulcers take a long time to heal or they may not heal at all, substantially increasing the risk of developing a very serious infection. At Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery...

Chronic Leg Pain From Vascular Disease: 3 Effective Treatments Dec 13th, 2021

If you have leg pain, it’s easy to attribute it to muscle strain or overuse injuries. But some types of leg pain are caused by problems with your blood vessels, and without treatment, they can become very serious. Here at Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center, Allison Burkett, MD, FACS, works...

What Causes Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? Nov 9th, 2021

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a relatively common cause of chronic pelvic pain in women of child-bearing age, yet it often goes undiagnosed. That’s partly because until recently, pelvic congestion syndrome wasn’t well-understood. Today, doctors know pelvic congestion syndrome typically is caused by venous insufficiency in the pelvic area. Still,...

What Are the Risk Factors for Pulmonary Edema? Oct 12th, 2021

More than a million Americans are diagnosed with pulmonary edema each year, yet many people don’t know what the condition is or whether they’re at risk for it. At Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center in Warner Robins, Georgia, Dr. Allison Burkett provides state-of-the-art, patient-centered treatment aimed at preventing serious consequences....

Recognizing the Signs of Edema Sep 14th, 2021

Edema is the medical term for swelling that happens when fluid gets trapped in your tissues, in the space around your blood vessels and cells (known as the interstitial space). While edema can happen in pretty much any part of your body, its symptoms tend to be most noticeable in...

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency? Aug 20th, 2021

Experts estimate that as many as 40% of American women and up to 20% of men suffer from some degree of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The problem is, a lot of people don’t know they have it, which means they’re not getting the treatment they need to stay healthy. At...

Are Spider Veins a Health Risk? Jul 27th, 2021

Spider veins appear as small red, purple, or blue veins that develop just beneath the surface of your skin. They get their name from the way they resemble the shape and pattern of a spiderweb. Spider veins are often confused with varicose veins, but there are differences. Varicose veins develop...