Dr. Schul is passionate about helping patients with swollen limbs, leg ulcers, varicose veins, and blood clots. The reality is that so much has changed since Dr. Schul’s first surgical training days. The IU School of Medicine reached out to Dr. Schul after being a guest speaker on topics poorly addressed in medical school. Indeed, more than 10 x patients suffer from chronic venous disorders compared to those with arterial insufficiency of the lower extremity. Leg ulcers are 80% related to underlying vein disorders yet we were taught that all patients with leg ulcers needed whirlpool and antibiotics to help heal and ulcer that would likely come back anyways. The only truth of vein disorders that remains true today is that blood clots still kill people. The difference is that now we are better able to protect patients from this life threatening condition.
The invitation to participate in helping educate our new physicians in venous and lymphatic disorders will help bring awareness to a problem that affects over 25% of adult Americans, and lead to quicker identification of life style changes that may help patients and potentially save lives. Today, the overwhelming majority of varicose vein cases are managed in an outpatient office setting under local anesthesia. The days of weeks off work, painful recovery, and lost wages for vein care are over. Furthermore, management of venous leg ulcers has drastically changes as we now know that varicose vein treatment will reduce the recurrence risk by nearly 50%, a far better prognosis for those afflicted with this venous disorder. Blood clots have also become better understood as over the past 30 years we have seen the management shift from hospitalization with bedrest and anticoagulation to a treatment paradigm involving walking, compression, and anticoagulation in an outpatient or home setting. Medicines are safer, outcomes are generally better, and we have many more treatment options whether blood clot, leg ulcer, ropey varicose veins, or small cosmetic veins. We are here to help those in need and are honored to have been asked to build the curriculum used to help train new doctors in Indiana.
Dr. Schul and his staff are an independently owned and operated vein center. Their accredited vascular testing center assures the accuracy of a diagnosis and this team helps patients understand their problem and what it takes to make it through and get the problem resolved when possible. Not all limbs are the same. Dr. Schul and his talented team are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals for varicose veins, swollen limbs, leg ulcers, blood clots or even cosmetic vein concerns. If you or a loved one is suffering from varicose veins, swollen legs, symptoms of aching, heaviness, swelling, itching and throbbing, they may have a vein problem. Call (765) 807-2770 to schedule your consultation or visit our web site www.lafayetteveins.com where you can access our patient portal to request an appointment.