Vein Clinic at Southern Indiana Surgery

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Vein Clinic

Health Care Providers

Douglas Y. Roese, M.D.

Douglas Y. Roese, M.D.
Vascular Surgery

Jason W. Christie, M.D.

Jason W. Christie, M.D.
Vascular Surgery

Donna J. Lecher, R.N., N.P.

Donna J. Lecher, R.N., N.P.
Nurse Practitioner

Led by Medical Director Dr. Douglas Roese and Dr. Jason Christie and supported by Nurse Practitioner Donna Lecher, R.N., N.P., the Vein Clinic of SIS offers the highest levels of surgical care throughout southern Indiana and the state.

One area of particular pride is our Vascular Services Practice Area. Vascular surgery procedures are those addressing arteries, veins and lymphatics. While the vascular surgery field is quite specialized, the types of patients are quite diverse. For instance, aortic aneurysm repair is usually needed as patients age. Varicose veins, on the other hand, often affect younger people.

Vascular Services Offered by the Vein Clinic of SIS

  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Lower extremity revascularization
  • Aortic stent graft
  • Iliac angioplasty
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Varicose vein repair or removal
  • Venefit™ procedure

Varicose Veins
Millions of Americans are affected by varicose veins: abnormal, visible veins that develop beneath the skin.


  • Pain in the legs
  • Swollen, visible veins in the legs

Greatest Risk Factors for Developing Varicose Veins
Gender – Women (are a 4-to-1 greater risk than men)
Job – People who sit a lot, particularly with crossed legs; also, people who are on their feet for much of the day, particularly on harder floors
Weight – Obesity increases risk.
Age – Veins become more frequent with age.
Pregnancy – It is estimated 1 in 10 mothers will develop varicose veins.

Treatments Available
Depending on the severity of the varicose vein, we will treat it in one of three ways:

  1. Venefit™ procedure is a minimally-invasive alternative to vein stripping that involves closing diseased veins.
  2. Sclerotherapy involves injecting the vein with a saline solution to close off the area, cutting the vein off from the circulatory system.
  3. Vein stripping, or removal of the vein, is often performed with larger or perforating veins.

The Wound Center at Columbus Regional Health
Along with providing vascular treatments, both Dr. Roese and Dr. Christie are among several community physicians who offer services at the Columbus Regional Health Wound Center. Wound care services include, but are not limited to, debridement, bioengineered skin substitutes, VAC therapy and total contact casting. The Wound Center also includes a hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is an effective treatment of diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, radiation injury, infection of the bone and other wound types.