The Vein Center at Rush is Region's First Center Dedicated to the Treatment of Venous Disease

The Vein Center at Rush


September 10, 2012


(MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI)  Rush Foundation Hospital is adding another “first” to its long list of medical achievements with the opening of The Vein Center at Rush.   The Vein Center at Rush will be a new department of the hospital designed to provide patients suffering from venous disease of the legs with some of the most progressive and minimally-invasive forms of treatment available.

“Throughout its long history, Rush Foundation Hospital has been fortunate to have on its staff a number of highly-trained physicians who specialize in vascular disease treatment and surgery.   Continuing this history, the mission of The Vein Center at Rush is to provide patient-centered, personalized evaluation and treatment for venous complications including reflux, varicose veins, and even spider veins in a dedicated department of the hospital,” said Chris Rush, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Rush Foundation Hospital. 

“Rush Foundation Hospital is proud to be the first to offer another important, highly specialized healthcare service to our region.  Under the direction of Dr. Ben Rush, The Vein Center at Rush will be the only comprehensive center of this type within our service area that is dedicated to comprehensive treatment of a range of venous problems, which are prominent in our patients.  It is estimated that approximately 25% of women and 15% of men suffer with varicose veins.  The Vein Center at Rush is dedicated to treating those who have to deal with the pain and disfigurement that often accompany varicose veins.   As a means of introducing this new service to our community, Rush Foundation Hospital will sponsor free vein screening sessions throughout the year.  The next screening is slated for October 2; however, patients must call and make an appointment to be screened,” said Rush.

Dr. Benjamin T. Rush, a cardiovascular, endovascular and venous surgeon leads the medical team of The Vein Center at Rush.  A great-grandson of the hospitals’ founders, Dr. J.H. and Mary Cornelia Rush, Dr. Rush is a Meridian native who completed General Surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in the Michael E. DeBakey Surgical, and then a second fellowship in Minimally Invasive Vascular Surgery at Arizona Heart Institute.  Dr. Rush is board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.  He is also certified in Venous Endoluminal Thermal Ablation.

“For patients suffering from leg pain, swelling and other medical issues associated with varicose veins, The Vein Center at Rush will offer VNUS ClosureFast®, Closure RFS® radiofrequency ablation, and laser ablation procedures for the treatment of great and small saphenous vein reflux disease and incompetent perforator veins and removal of symptomatic varicose veins.  Patients can typically experience dramatic improvements in the way their legs look and feel following these procedures.  And, all procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia in surgical suites located at The Vein Center at Rush.  There is virtually no down time and recovery is typically rapid and mild,” said Dr. Rush.  He added, “Patients who have spider veins receive an individualized treatment regimen tailored to his/her needs using sclerotherapy and other treatments.”

For more information, The Vein Center at Rush can be reached by telephone at 601-703-4600.  In the coming weeks, a detailed Web site for The Vein Center at Rush will be introduced providing more in-depth information about the capabilities of the center.  The site will feature a helpful “frequently asked question and answer section.”

Rush Health Systems is headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi with healthcare facilities in East Mississippi and West Alabama. The organization includes Rush Foundation Hospital, Specialty Hospital of Meridian, Medical Foundation, Inc., Rush Medical Group, Laird Hospital, Union, Mississippi, H.C. Watkins Hospital in Quitman, Mississippi, Scott Regional Hospital in Morton, Mississippi, John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, DeKalb, MS, and the new Choctaw General Hospital in Butler, AL.