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Leg vein procedure more essential than cosmetic

A blood clot, stemming from pneumonia as a teenager, was the start of debilitating leg problems for 36-year-old Jackson Brown. His leg problems brought him to surgeon Al Mina. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A blood clot, stemming from pneumonia as a teenager, was the start of debilitating leg problems for 36-year-old Jackson Brown. His leg problems brought him to surgeon Al Mina (Me-nugh).

"Over 60 million Americans have venous reflux disease, and a large percentage will have swelling, aching, throbbing pain at the end of the day," explained Mina.

"Very uncomfortable," Brown said of the condition. "Very frustrating."

"When the valves in the legs break down, the longer you are on your feet, the more pressure that is transduced to the lower extremities," continued Mina.

Jackson underwent endo-venous thermal ablation at Haywood Regional Medical Center using heat, by way of an IV, to seal off the vein incapable of pumping blood back to the upper body.

Typically, the procedure happens in an outpatient setting, about 30 minutes under local anesthesia.

"You go home the same day," Mina emphasized. "We've had people go to work from the procedure. They do fine."

"I've kind of got a purpose again," Brown smiled. "This surgery has changed my life."

More importantly, he's back on his feet, back working full time and enjoying life more than ever.

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