~ Mid-South’s leader in Vascular Surgery continues its mission to end all amputation due to vascular disease ~

MEMPHIS, TN – Vascular and Vein Institute of the South (VVIS) will be hosting free, community-based education programs at area Senior Centers throughout May as part of ‘VVIS Cares Month’. The programs will highlight overall vascular health, with a special focus on avoiding lower limb amputation due to Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

Scheduled programs include the following dates and locations:

May 16th, 10 a.m.: Fayette County Senior Center – 17260 Highway 64, Somerville, TN 38068

May 21st, 11 a.m.: Oasis of Hope: Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Ave., Memphis, TN 38107

May 28th, 10 a.m.: Tipton County Senior Center – 100 W. Washington Ave, Covington, TN 38019

May 31st, 11 a.m.: Frayser-Raleigh Senior Center – 3985 Egypt Central Rd., Memphis, TN 38128

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, occurs when the arteries outside of the heart and brain become clogged or narrowed, resulting in poor circulation and increased risk for amputation (especially among the feet and legs), stroke, heart attack, and death.  PAD is extremely prevalent in the tri-state area due to a high rate of key risk factors, including: age (55+), diabetes, smoking/history of smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Founded in December of 2018 by Dr. Anton Dias Perera and Dr. Prateek Gupta, VVIS is the Mid-South’s leader in comprehensive vascular care – specializing in both minimally-invasive endovascular procedures, and open surgery.  To keep pace with the ever-increasing need for expert vascular care, the practice has grown to now include four board-certified vascular surgeons, eight nurse practitioners, and 10 offices across Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. 

VVIS strives to serve the local patient population across a multitude of insurance barriers and geographical constraints, with a special focus on addressing healthcare disparities among the underserved and minority communities.  Through its ‘VVIS Cares’ initiative, VVIS also sponsors numerous non-profit organizations and events, collaboratively supports patient-centered programs with local medical practices and community agencies, and independently hosts educational programs for both patients and providers throughout the Mid-South. For more information, please call (901) 390-2930 or visit vascularandveininstitute.com.