BRAWLEY – Lovers of short skirts and shorts who dared not wear them due to varicose veins now have a local clinic to go to for surgical help as the Desert Vein Clinic celebrated its grand opening of the new facility Thursday evening.
“I am happy to serve the community and assist patients to feel good about themselves and live their lives a little bit more pleasantly” said Dr. Ted Y. Fisher of the Desert Vein Clinic. “Life is hard enough and if I can help them put in another skip in their step everyday, then that’s what I would like to do.”
The facility specializes in treating varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins are a common condition that usually cause mild to moderate pain in the legs, blood clots and skin ulcers or sores, while spider veins are tiny, dilated capillaries on the skin that are common among children and pregnant women.
“I came to the Valley because I understood there was a big need for physicians like myself and met quite a few other physicians here who have the same sentiment — that they are here because the people in the Valley need this kind of help,” said Dr. Fisher.
The facility was previously owned by Dr. Norman Baron who retired earlier this year and asked Dr. Fisher to take over the facility.
Dr. Fisher has over 24 years of experience in the medical field and was an Emergency Room physician prior to moving to Imperial County.
“He (Baron) trusted me with his patients and asked me to take over,” said Dr. Fisher.
More often than not, people with varicose veins believe their condition to be just a cosmetic issue not worthy of actual medical diagnosis. However, if left untreated, varicose veins can progress to serious diseases, according to the doctor.
Dr. Fisher said varicose veins are often hereditary and are most common in women who have given birth to numerous children. His plans include offering other cosmetic procedures such as liposuction in the near future.
“I want people to know that we are here to help,” said Dr. Fisher. “We work with insurance companies and also offer other payment options.”
The Vein Clinic first opened its doors in March and operates daily with Dr. Fisher, two managers, and trained personnel to assist with operations. The facility consists of a waiting area, three examination rooms and two operating rooms.