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I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.

Experience in the area

I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.


I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

What do you like about this subject?

by informing people of the symptoms and risks for vascular disease, they often seek treatment and can prevent amputation, stroke and even death.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I learn every day, this a a rapidly changing area of medical science. There are new treatments and techniques all the time.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I have had four patients -in 15 years- who chose to have their leg amputated rather than quit smoking!

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Katie04/18/16101010Thanks a lot! You are so helpfull
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Recent Answers from Lauri Ordway

2016-08-15 Sclerotherapy - no different:

well I am sure sorry you had a bad result, sclerotherapy is not a treatment I am enamored of nor see used often, I am sorry  cant really offer any advice, if they did the tests first, I don't have any

2016-08-15 Sclerotherapy - no different:

did you have an ultrasound first to see if there is an underlying superficial venous insufficiency that needs treatment? if you have insufficiency the pressure from that can prevent sclerotherapy from

2016-06-23 venous ulcer left leg.:

Oh my goodness! Wow, well venous insufficiency all by itself causes wounds but usually not overnight, I really can't say what the cause was, didn't the doctors treating you tell you what caused the ulcers?

2016-05-17 poor circulation:

hi!  smoker?  height / weight?  do you walk / exercise daily?  when seated w feet on floor do toes get dark? purple / blue?  after sitting for a few minutes, elevate your feet.............didthey tur white

2016-04-15 Question about bypass:

Hi, OMG I started your answer and then I lost the whole darn answer. Shoot  so let me take it from the top    the walking is important and works especially well hand in hand with massage  the crucial thing


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