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Telling Their Story: Interventional cardiology—getting it right

As featured in GranburyNOW

By Lisa Bell

Selected by his peers as a Texas super doctor since 2005, Dr. J. Douglas Overbeck always wanted to be a cardiologist. The diversity in interventional cardiology captured his attention with a blend of internal medicine and surgery. Seeing circulation problems in peripheral arteries and veins led him to explore and learn more about treating them. With more than 26 years of experience, Tuscan Vein bubbled up in his cardiology practice.

The primary clinic is located in Irving. However, for more than 20 years Dr. Overbeck often came to this area to hunt and fish. He saw a need for patients to receive treatment locally instead of having to drive for more than an hour in many cases. In response, he opened a clinic in Stephenville during 2010, and at the request of patients, he added his Granbury clinic about two years ago.

Tuscan Vein Clinics do not see patients bothered by unattractive spider veins. “We’ll be happy to refer you to a good dermatologist for those,” Dr. Overbeck said. He only sees patients with a medical necessity caused by damaged veins. Bulging varicose veins aren’t simply a cosmetic issue. They indicate an underlying cause and often produce pain. At times, symptoms occur without external signs of varicose veins. Painful or swollen legs or feet may indicate a deeper problem.

Tuscan Vein Clinics often receive referrals from primary physicians. The most common patients include teachers, coaches, pharmacists, airline attendants and hairdressers. Approximately 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men in the United States suffer from varicose veins. Women are especially prone because of pregnancy. Heredity as well as certain occupations with prolonged sitting or standing can contribute to developing the condition.

In the past, treatment for varicose veins included surgery with long, painful recovery. Later, doctors began using laser surgery. Using innovative technology, Dr. Overbeck chooses radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive procedure. “It is kinder, gentler than even laser surgery,” he said. Performed as an outpatient procedure, a patient usually is up walking the same day. “I’ve seen coaches come in on a Friday morning and be on the field that evening, coaching a football game,” he shared.

Although avoiding varicose veins may not be possible, Dr. Overbeck offers a few tips. First, he encourages patients to be their own best health advocates. Ask questions and take initiatives. Next, be proactive and request a second opinion. Finally, pay attention to leg discomfort. Symptoms may be minor, but they can also be very serious. Other changes to the appearance of legs and feet may indicate chronic venous insufficiency, leg ulcers or blood clots.

Dr. Overbeck gives back to the community by teaching seminars and participating in health screenings or health fairs. More importantly, he provides treatment locally and with the least invasive procedure possible. His patients spend less time driving and no downtime after treatment.

Dr. Overbeck has specific goals in mind. He and his staff treat one patient at a time, working toward good outcomes and the prevention of future problems. The cosmetic benefit is a bonus. He gives credit for success to Donna and his other staff members. Customer service, TLC from A to Z, and a wonderful staff set them apart. They strive to nurture the whole patient. “We’re small enough to get it right,” he said. That objective is most important for the Tuscan team.