SPRINGFIELD — In 2006, Dr. K. Francis Lee, an established leader in the surgical community, founded Advanced Vein Care Center in Springfield in response to the increasing demand for the latest techniques and advanced treatment for vein disease. Today, it is one of the premier treatment centers in New England for venous diseases.
“I saw a growing need in our region for advanced vein care and treatment,” said Lee, who dedicates his practice solely to the treatment of vein disease ranging from spider and varicose veins, often with underlying insufficiency, to venous stasis, blood clots, and other conditions. “From diagnosis to treatment, we partner with our patients and provide the medical advice, support, education, and treatment they need for a positive, life-enhancing outcome.”
Prior to establishing his private practice, Lee was the chief of Trauma Services at Baystate Medical Center.
When asked what drives him, Lee said, “you can’t have a healthy body without healthy legs. Many of our patients who have serious vascular disease have given up activities they love — from hobbies like golf and hiking to playing outside with their kids and grandkids — due to leg pain and fatigue. Some have even left their jobs, affecting their livelihoods. Vein issues only get worse without treatment.”
Lee and his staff are skilled in evaluating venous conditions and then explaining the most appropriate course of action to be taken. Advanced Vein Care Center has an on-site vascular diagnostic laboratory equipped with duplex ultrasound and four registered vascular technologists (RVTs) on staff. Lee himself is an RVT and a registered physician in vascular interpretation. He personally evaluates all the vein mapping and venous physiology study data for each patient. The center was the first facility in Massachusetts and the second in New England to be accredited by the Intersocial Accreditation Committee, a requirement for some insurers.
“Ultimately, our goal is to properly evaluate each patient’s unique condition and then develop the most appropriate and effective course of corrective treatment,” Lee said. “Best results are achieved only when each step of the diagnostic and therapeutic process is taken with care and attention.”