Dr. Kent Johnson is a board-certified general surgeon, bringing to the table 25 years of experience in private practice. His academic record includes his bachelor degree earned from Baylor University, as well as his medical degree received from the University of Texas, Medical School in Huston.
Dr. Johnson’s career starts in 1993, after he completed his General Surgery training at the Texas medical Center in Huston and at St. Joseph Hospital. Afterwards, he ran his surgical practice for 20 years, offering a number of surgical procedures, including vein-related treatments.
He joined Metro Vein Centers in order to sub-specialize in treatment of venous insufficiency with the use of cutting-edge technologies in interventional radiology. He currently practices in The Woodlands, Texas. In addition to his role at the vein centers, he is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Phlebology, and a Vascular Laboratory Physician at the Houston NW Medical Center.
The Beginnings of MVC
Established by Dr. Ali Meslemani in 2006, the goal of the organization is to help those who are suffering from varicose veins. Over the years the organization expanded and MVC nowadays has 12 offices across 4 states: Texas, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey. In addition, MVC is a national leader when to comes to treating varicose veins, spider veins, as well as other vein-related conditions using the latest technologies which help procedures be minimally invasive.
When talking about his role at the vein centers, Dr. Johnson noted that there are few feelings that are greater than improving the quality of life of his patients. He also noted that improvements are quick and often times dramatic. He particularly enjoys applying his knowledge of physiology and anatomy towards treating common problems of venous insufficiency. In addition, he expressed his love for solving those issues using the latest radiology techniques, something which stems from him being a doctor that is interventionally-oriented.
The staff at MVC use advanced diagnostic and treatment options, including ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, and radiofrequency ablation. The procedures are done in-office and are both safe as well as painless, requiring minimum downtime and being covered by the majority of insurance plans, including Medicare. In addition, the doctors at MVC will work with the patients in order to determine personalized treatment plans.
Radiofrequency ablation uses is a one-hour procedure which uses radio waves, endovenous laser ablation employs the use of a laser beam, while sclerotherapy features a sclerosing solution which clears spider veins as well as smaller varicose veins. Besides being safe, with patients suffering only minor discomfort, the patients will recover within a few hours – with sclerotherapy allowing for immediate recovery.
Varicose Veins – Symptoms and Risk Factors
Varicose veins as well leg pains could be symptoms of an underlying medical condition, which often involves a circulatory problem. There is a long list of caused by varicose veins, and they can range from leg cramps to weak or itchy legs, to swelling of the legs or ankles. The list of risk factors includes age, blood clots, smoking, or sitting / standing for long periods of times without moving.
Approximately 50 to 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men in the United States suffer from some form of vein problem. Additionally, in the United States there are at least 20 million people who suffer from varicose veins, and it is estimated that more than half of all adult females will develop spider veins during their lifetime. While symptoms of vein disease tend to vary greatly, they should always be taken seriously.