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Health fair highlights pain management, vein treatment, fibroid procedure

April 11, 2018 GMT

La PORTE — A string of health fairs at the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care are introducing patients to the growing range of services offered by physicians in the business.

The group recently expanded its services to include treatment for uterine fibroids.

Dr. Keerthi Prasad, a board-certified interventional radiologist, said the practice is growing because its offices fill a need in Northwest Indiana.

“These are specialized medical services not found in most hospitals,” Prasad said during the health fair at 204 Legacy Plaza West in La Porte.

The pain clinic was established in 2009 by Dr. Chetan Puranik, who trained in anesthesiology and pain management. He opened the first office in La Porte but found surrounding areas were underserved, and he began recruiting partners to help expand the practice.

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That expansion grew to include the vein clinic and, more recently, fibroid treatment.

Eight medical doctors and three chiropractic doctors staff five clinics in Crown Point, Hobart, Munster, Valparaiso and La Porte. The five clinics have a combined employment of about 120, Prasad said.

Along with Prasad and Puranik, medical doctors include Daniel Cha, Simon Ho, Rohit Puranik, Adrian Sonevytsky, Sheel Patel and Monish Merchant. Chiropractic doctors are Poe Phetthongsy, Lakia Brown and Matthew Blackmon.

In the field of pain, the physicians focus on accurately diagnosing and comprehensively treating the underlying cause. They use physical therapy, chiropractic services, medication management and injections. If these measures fail to work, their surgical colleagues can offer other options, such as joint and spine surgery.

Treatment of vein disease in the legs focuses on varicose veins, spider veins, restless leg syndrome, swelling and cramping. The physicians say their testing and treatment includes in-clinic ultrasounds, stockings and nonsurgical outpatient treatment for both medical and cosmetic reasons.

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop within the muscle of the uterus when cells reproduce abnormally. They often appear during child-bearing years and occur in up to 40 percent of women, depending on age, ethnicity and family history. Black women are two to three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids.

Symptoms include heavy and prolonged menstrual periods, bleeding between periods, anemia, pelvic pain and cramping, bloating, frequent urination and pain during sexual intercourse.

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Prasad said his office addresses fibroids by using minimally invasive embolization, an outpatient treatment involving a catheter inserted into the wrist. Image guidance is used to infuse an embolic agent into the uterine arteries to block blood supply to the fibroid.

Prasad, who chatted with visitors during the health fair in La Porte, said the offices fill an important niche in the region, delivering vital medical services where they are most needed.

“The technology is available,” Prasad said. “We just feel like people deserve the highest level of care and shouldn’t have to travel all the way across the country to get it,” he said.

The open house also included vendors of other services, including a table sponsored by Michigan City-based not-for-profit Healthy Communities.

Healthy Communities partners with Covering Kids & Families, which promotes and facilitates health-care coverage for everyone in the community. Free smoking-cessation services and suicide-prevention programs were also featured.

Additional information is available at (219) 476-7246 or centersforpaincontrol.com; (219) 299-8515 or centersforveincare.com; and (219) 554-8245 or nwifibroids.com.

More information about Healthy Communities is available at www.healthycommunitieslpc.org or on Facebook.