Dr. Alan Muench will be the featured speaker at the next ‘Our Health Our Community’ public forum on Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Soltman Center. His presentation, Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency, will include information on the VNUS Closure® procedure, a minimally invasive method of treating venous reflux, the underlying cause of varicose veins. He also presented at an OHOC forum in 2007.
Dr. Muench is a board certified surgeon who completed his residency in General Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and also completed a fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver. He was certified in 2008 by the American Board of Phlebology which is the science if vein medicine and surgery. His practice is based in Lewiston at the Clearwater Vein Care Center.
“The closure procedure is appropriate for many individuals who struggle with varicose veins and the effects of venous reflux and insufficiency,” said Dr. Muench. “This minimally invasive, patient friendly alternative to traditional vein surgery is done on an outpatient basis and many of my patients return to everyday activities within a day. I’ll talk about this procedure and other options and be available to answer any questions about vascular issues.”
According to Dr. Muench, varicose veins are known for their distinctive blue color and bulging appearance on the skin. An estimated 10-20% of the adult population or 20-25 million people in the United States have this condition and more women than men are affected.
“Thanks to recent technology and new methods we now have alternatives to traditional vein stripping surgery,” said Dr. Muench.
“We really appreciate Dr. Muench’s involvement in our health lecture series,” said Julie Hauger, Groaner’s Physical Fitness. “The purpose of our community health events is to help people maintain their health at the optimum level. Information is a powerful tool in keeping ourselves healthy.”
The ‘Our Health Our Community’ series of public health related lectures are sponsored by Grangeville Physical Therapy, Groaners Fitness, the University of Idaho Extension Service and St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. They are free and open to the public. For additional information call GPT, 938-2241 or Groaners, 983-7070.