Wesley R. Harden III, MD, FACS, is a phlebologist who diagnoses and treats patients at The Vein Clinics of America in Sterling, VA. Vein Clinics of America Vein Clinics of America offers evaluations and treatments of vein disease–not just its outward symptoms, but its root cause. The minimally invasive vein procedures offered include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, and radiofrequency ablation. As a phlebologist, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of venous origin. Dr. Harden III has an impressive professional journey that spans forty years and is an expert in ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and endovenous thermal ablation. Prior to his current endeavors, Dr. Harden III has maintained a phlebology, general, vascular, and thoracic surgery practice in Hanover, PA for 25 years. He has also practiced trauma and acute care surgery in Texas and Alabama.
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Education and Training
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University MD 1975
American Board of Surgery
Dr. Wesley R. Harden III, MD, FACS's Expert Contributions
Two ways: open the constricted channel with a balloon and keep it open with a stent or completely bypass it with a vein or artery. READ MORE
Honestly, I have no recent experience in current cardiac surgery practice, but I know even less about current anesthesia practice. It will be general anesthesia and you will be put to sleep. How and with what technique I cannot say. Good luck. READ MORE
The simple answer is no. I can imagine where placement of a stent could interfere either circulation to the SInus node and atrioventicular node but I’ve never heard of that. So my answer is very unlikely READ MORE
Depends on wear the stent is for. Heart, peripheral vascular but overall the answer is No. stents do not shorten your life and may help you avoid a major vascular operation or heart surgery. READ MORE
Depends. If they are opening his chest it will takE about a week. If they do it through a scope it will probably be less. Four things you need to do: he has to cough and deep breathe a lot, make sure he is up and about a lot. Good pain control. Good nutrition. Emotional support as patients get a little depressed after a big operation of any kind. Oops that was five things. I wish him well READ MORE
It's serious surgery, but over the years, it has become less risky. As a surgeon, I attributed 3 reasons for a bad outcome: the unpredictability of biological systems, an act of God like a tornado hitting the OR, or pilot error like you forgot to put the wheels down before you landed. The first two no one has control over; the last one just never happens in this day of great training, evolved expertise, and experience. I predict he will do fine. Even though the prospect is terrifying. READ MORE
There are many reasons for surgery over stents and vice versa. If the patient is stable and the episode is not jeopardizing good functioning heart muscle you can do elective stents even urgent stents especially if the situation is stable but could become unstable. Urgent or emergency bypass is for a situation where things are unstable or might become so unpredictability. If there is active muscle dying you want to save it as quickly as possible. Lastly if there are a lot of coronary arteries with high grade obstruction. Just bypass all of then at the same time. Hope that answers your question. READ MORE
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Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Vein and Lymphatic Society
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
- University of Alabama, Birmingham
- Barnes Hospital
- University of Alabama, Birmingham
Professional Society Memberships
- American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine | Fellow of the American College of Surgeons | American Vein and Lymphatic Society
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Get to know Phlebologist Dr. Wesley R. Harden III, who serves patients in Sterling, Virginia.
As a board-certified phlebologist, Dr. Harden III combines his prestigious medical experience with specialized knowledge of vein disease to offer patients best-in-class treatments that result in healthier legs. At Vein Clinics of America, he specializes in ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and endovenous thermal ablation.
Vein Clinics of America offers evaluations and treatments of vein disease–not just its outward symptoms, but its root cause. The minimally invasive vein procedures offered include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, and radiofrequency ablation. The team of professionals working there is dedicated to helping patients regain the active lifestyle they want and deserve.
Among his prior experiences, Dr. Harden III practiced surgery in Hanover, Pennsylvania for 25 years, where he had an active phlebology practice in addition to general, vascular, and thoracic surgery. He also practiced trauma and acute care surgery in Texas and Alabama.
With extensive training in phlebology, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society.
On the subject of his educational background, Dr. Harden III earned his medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in general surgery at Barnes Hospital, followed by his fellowship in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
To further his professional development, the doctor attained board certification in general surgery and cardiovascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery, an independent, non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge.
Phlebology is a term used to describe the specialty of venous disorder treatments. A medically certified specialist in phlebology is called a phlebologist. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of venous origin, their abilities include developing the most effective research methods, making a diagnosis, and prescribing the proper treatment.
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