SOURCE: AmeriVein Systems

April 15, 2009 10:17 ET

Vascular Surgeon Completes Medical Mission to Honduras

AURORA, IL--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Vascular surgeon and founder of AmeriVein Systems Dr. Greg Spitz recently conducted a volunteer medical mission to Honduras through the American College of Surgeons' Operation Giving Back. The mission was designed to provide relief to the medically underserved residents of Choluteca, a poor section of Honduras with a population of 100,000.

Operation Giving Back (OGB) is the volunteerism initiative of the American College of Surgeons, and is designed to help surgeons identify and address the surgical needs of underserved around the world. Dr. Spitz, a Fellow of American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1994, found out about the need in Choluteca through the OGB newsletter. "I tried to put together a relief team," stated Dr. Spitz, "but the current economic conditions made it tough for others to participate. So I bought a plane ticket, packed my bags with the medical supplies that I could carry, and went."

Upon arrival in Choluteca, Dr. Spitz triaged almost 80 patients. Over the course of three days, 37 patients received operative treatment for their advanced varicose vein problems. The surgeries were able to be performed so rapidly thanks to two systems invented by Dr. Spitz: the fiber-optic vein-illumination system and tumescent anesthetic delivery system. The vein-illumination system helps the surgeon to quickly visualize the veins, and the tumescent anesthesia minimizes bleeding and patient discomfort.

The mission was funded by Dr. Spitz and medical supply donations were made by Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center, Rush Copley Medical Center, the Compounder Pharmacy in Aurora, InaVein Corporation and AmeriVein. "It was a gratifying experience to see so many thankful patients upon completion of their treatment," stated Dr. Spitz. "We're planning a return trip for early 2010, and hopefully we'll be able to bring a larger team and more supplies to treat even more patients."

For more information on Dr. Spitz or AmeriVein, or to learn how you can assist in next year's mission, please call 630-820-2727 or visit www.amerivein.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:
    Dr. Greg Spitz
    AmeriVein Systems
    1256 Waterford Drive
    Aurora, IL 60504
    Telephone: 630-820-2727
    Fax: 630-820-5840
    Website: www.amerivein.com