Harbin Clinic Vein Center Helps Runner Overcome Venous Issues

Leg pain kept putting a damper on Peter Strickland’s running, but a procedure at the Harbin Clinic Vein Center changed all of that.

Strickland got hooked on running after a friend gave him an extra number for the Peachtree Road Race. After running Peachtree, Strickland began tackling distances from 5K (3.1 miles) up to the grueling, daunting 26.2 mile marathon.

The Cartersville native, who now lives in Rome, discovered a nagging leg pain while running.

“I had some of the bulging varicose veins, but I figured it was just part of life and more of a cosmetic thing,” Strickland says. “I was having some bad pain in my legs, but I thought it was from the running.”

Strickland visited the Harbin Clinic Vein Center and learned he had venous insufficiency from Dr. John Kirkland.

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the flow of blood through the veins is impaired. Dr. Kirkland performed a Venefit procedure on the Great and Short Saphenous Veins in both of Strickland’s legs.

“The surgery was painless and the recovery time was manageable,” Strickland says. “I healed up and started seeing an improvement in my (running) performances almost instantly.”

Since then, Strickland has continued to tackle long-distance runs and even set a new personal record in the marathon.

“The difference is amazing,” he says. “I don’t feel pain in my legs when I run any more.”

Because he had trouble finding resources on vein issues for younger athletes on the Internet, Strickland documented his journey on his blog, Running With Venous Insufficiency.

Strickland says he hopes he is an inspiration for other athletes with venous issues.

And with his legs now pain free, he’s hoping to improve his marathon time and aim for a spot in the Boston Marathon.