Treatment center should save patients time, money
PLYMOUTH — Mishawaka-based Legacy Vein Clinic will open a Plymouth location in July.
“The Plymouth area needs a more consistent presence for the care of vascular disorders,” said Dr. Terrence Wilkin, of X-Ray Consultants, the clinic’s parent company. “We want to make things much more accessible for the community and for the communities of Warsaw and Rochester.”
It can be difficult for patients to travel to Mishawaka for treatments and this clinic should help cut down on their travel time and expense, he said.
The new location at 1919 Lake Ave., near Saint Joseph Health System’s Plymouth Medical Center, will accept patients on Thursdays, beginning July 7.
“We may expand it to another day, depending on the need,” Wilkin added.
The Marshall County clinic will offer the same services that the Mishawaka clinic offers for the treatment of varicose and spider veins — endovenous laser treatment, sclerotherapy and microphlebectomy.
The Mishawaka clinic was formed in 2005 by two interventional radiologists from X-Ray Consultants, the physicians who work with Saint Joseph Health System. Two years later, it opened its own location and eventually was rebranded as Legacy Vein Clinic.
However, when Saint Joseph Health System built the Mishawaka Medical Center, the clinic relocated near the hospital radiology labs for convenience.
Today, the Mishawaka clinic offers both the vein clinic’s procedures and X-Ray Consultants’ interventional radiology procedures, Wilkin said. “We can see patients for evaluation if they are candidates for doing a treatment in collaboration with an oncologist.”
Procedures include vascular stenting, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, arterial interventions, and thermal ablation and embolization of cancerous tumors and uterine fibroids.
The Plymouth Medical Center administrators have long wanted a vascular service line, he said. And this option is offering patients and referring providers in the Plymouth area a first step.
“We hope this will spur some growth for that community.”