Dr. James Isobe

Phlebology
Birmingham, AL
56 years experience male

Locations

Office

Birmingham, AL

Address

5295 Preserve Parkway, Suite 270, Birmingham, AL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 4:30pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Humana

United healthcare

First Health PPO

Office

Hoover, AL

About

Bio

BS Biology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA MD, Univ of Iowa Medical School Internship, Philadelphia General Hospital Surgical Residency, UAB, Birmingham, AL United States Medical Corps, Surgeon, 130th General Hospital, Germany General Surgical Practice 1976-2005, Birmingham, AL Phlebology, 2006-Present. Medical Director, Baptist Vein Center, Birmingham, AL Board Certified in General Surgery (FACS); Diplomate of the American College of Phlebology

Specialties
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Phlebology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

408 Answers
20 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Depends: There are different types of lymphoma, and prognosis depends upon type, extent of disease above and below diaphragm, etc. Seek help of hematologist, ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Several causes: Cramping occurs when the muscles are irritated. The causes include venous disease, prolonged standing/working on legs, dehydration, heavy exercise, l... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Yes, depends on site: Brownish discoloration about the ankle area may be due to venous insufficiency. Dark, velvety skin about body creases (armpits, groin, neck) may be s... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Seek cause: Tired, irritated muscles due to a number of causes result in cramping. Venous incompetence results in leg swelling; prolonged working, standing, dehy... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Quite unusual: If your symptoms came on spontaneously without vigorous use of your muscles such as with yard work or exercise, then such pain is unusual for someone ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Probably: Leg cramping is due to venous disease (venous incompetence), heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on legs, low potassium, calcium, magnesium. V... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Possible: Esophageal varicose can bleed significantly, requiring intervention including endoscopic injection to surgical methods. Some require blood transfusio... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Unrelated: Pulmonary hypertension is increase in the pulmonary artery pressure, resulting in shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and may have ankle ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Until VV fixed: Muscle cramping is often a common symptom of venous insufficiency, and when this is corrected, the cramping often lets up within days/weeks. See www.... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Yes: Treatment of ropy vv can be done while breast feeding. Sclerotherapy of spider veins can also be done, and our practice has been to pump, saving milk... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Several causes: Vasculitis, an inflammatory response where the body reacts against itself; infection, spreading from adjacent site; trauma. It is quite unusual for n... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
No: Venous stasis ulcers are the result of venous hypertension due to venous reflux, and worsened with obesity. The treatment is to get rid of venous ref... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Pain, swelling: Arterial thrombosis results in loss of blood flow into the leg, and the larger the vessel involved, the worst the symptoms: cyanosis, extreme pain, l... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Injection of veins: Sclerotherapy is the process of injecting a solution into veins to shut them down. It uses solutions such as the detergents polidocanol, sotradecol, ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
The : The previous two answers are good, and explains the brown discoloration. The body sees the changes present (skin discoloration, swelling) as abnormal... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Rare: Studies show 3-4/million population. Usually in third decade of life, female moreso than male. Autopsy in elderly 9%.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Yes: Evlt is performed to ablate a vein and the resultant thrombosis is present and ultrasound in two weeks will show this. There is no need to treat thi... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Unusual symptom: The positioning on the commode to instill the enema may unduly place pressure on the back of the thigh resulting in the ache. Straining for the elimi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Perhaps: The phlebitis caused by the IV is a local irritation of the vein due to the IV catheter, fluid type placed into the iv, and length of time the IV was ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Much different: Vv are slightly bluish, ropy, bulging blood vessels, somewhat soft to touch, and occurs in association with venous valvular incompetence. Blood clots... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Variable: Breath holding spells usually come on after stress, pain, and there are several categories of these spells. The record for breath holding is 22 min, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
See phlebologist: Desk job involves prolonged sitting with the legs dependent , and the swelling you have is commonly seen. You may try compression hose 20-30 mm hg fo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Ask donation center: The standard donation time is monthly, and it is best to have type ab blood. Check with your blood donation center to see if they with accept twice w... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Yes: Sv in that age group is not uncommon, and the risk factors are heredity, prolonged standing/sitting, pregnancy, obesity. If accompanied by leg pain, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Family DNA: Arteries become blocked with arteriosclerosis, and it tends to run in the family, and diet/lifestyle contributes to the progression. Veins become blo... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Calm down: Anger causes one to strain, thus increasing the pressure within the chest. This pressure is transmitted to the veins in the chest, and upwards to the... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Probably: Risk factors for spider veins, and underlying venous disease includes pregnancy, heredity, obesity, female gender, lifestyle (working/standing long pe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Yes: Contained small cerebral hemorrhage can occur without syncope (passing out).
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Varies: Arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries tends to run in the family dna, and some are prone to develop blockage early in the teen years, especial... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Yes: Sclerotherapy is best for spider veins. Some who are treated with sclerotherapy can subsequently have fine, small red veins known as telangiectatic m... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Unpredictable: Only you can answer that. The evidence for longevity lies in your heritage, whether you have preexisting problems (heart, lung, kidney, etc.), whethe... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Should not: Mgo is used for relief of indigestion, heartburn as an antacid; short term laxative; and supplement. Side effects may be nausea, abdominal cramping, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
May be related: If Avapro (irbesartan) is with hct, then the potassium loss may result in cramping. There is a potential for breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue resu... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Variable: Trying to make a diagnosis of DVT based upon a history, and findings on examination is hazardous. Symptoms may be mild soreness of the calf muscle, w... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Maybe: Spider veins may be associated with venous incompetence, and the risk factors are heredity, pregnancy, prolonged standing/sitting as a lifestyle, age,... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
See Vein Doctor: Modern day treatment of venous insufficiency which results in vv, leg pain, swelling can be nicely treated by a phlebologist trained to do procedures ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
No: Open wounds in a public swimming pool is discouraged for public health reasons. If it is your pool, then subjecting the ulcer to chlorine should not... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Different outcome: Arterial thrombosis occurs when there is stoppage of blood flow in an artery due to arteriosclerosis or embolus. The part that is fed by the artery i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
1 in 15,000: Varies according to country. Usa 1 in 15, 000, finland and japan lowest with 1 in 100, 000, and 1 in 120, 00 births respectively. Caucasians 1 in 10... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Venous incompetence: With normal legs, standing for any hour pools about 500 cc's of blood, increasing the leg volume some 3-5%. This results in the "stiffness/tightness"... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Rest foot: Plantar fasciitis, morton's neuroma, stress fracture are some of the things causing pain in the sole. Seek help of orthopedic surgeon, or podiatrist ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
No: Influenza outbreaks are the leading headlines in all of the news networks. You would like to minimize your child's exposure, so keep him at home.
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A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Such : Such painful swollen bump if associated with a black and blue hue is often a bleed of a vessel beneath the skin, often seen with trauma. Blood clot i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Antibiotics: Risen refers to an infected mass: boil, carbuncle. It is often painful, red, swollen, and it is best to see a doctor. Antibiotics can resolve infec... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Liver resection: Pve is used in the preoperative planning and treatment of patients with liver tumors anticipating major liver resections. Pve is used where the liver... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Exercise, hose,etc.: There is no specific preventive measure. Care with use of 20-30 mm compression hose, exercise (walking is great), elevation of legs in the am and pm ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Temperature change: Testicles require constant temperature for peak function. When hot shower is taken, the scrotum relaxes so that the testicles are away from the body ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
See phlebologist: Go to phlebology.Org and seek the help of a qualified phlebologist by placing your zip code on the left side of the home page, and a list of those cl... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Pursue it: Inflammatory response is a common response of ln with enlargement. A recent viral infection, skin eruption of head and neck area may be the cause. T... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 56 years experience
Seek help: Aching pain in legs has many causes: prolonged standing/sitting, excessive exercise, side effect when taking a statin drug for cholesterol-lowering, ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Nov 5, 2014
I have known Dr. Isobe for many years having trained at the same medical institution. He is an accomplished vascular surgeon with expertise in phlebology. I highly recommend him to my patients.
Dr. Ted King
Mar 4, 2013
I can easily recommend Dr. Isobe as a very experienced and expert phlebologist. He is well known for doing excellent work and giving great answers on Healthap.
Dr. Ted King
Mar 4, 2013
I can easily recommend Dr. Isobe as an experienced and expert phlebologist. He is well known for doing excellent work and for his great answers on HealthTap.
HealthTap member
I have had bad hip pain for years now and only 40. They said it was bursitus. I have a hard time making it through a work shift without taki
HealthTap member
Thank you very much. I saw my Doctor and he reckon its just nodes but if I'm worried I can have them removed, I'm just confused. Thanks
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thx! I was just worried b/c a couple spots are up my arm. I wont worry

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

U of Iowa
Graduated 1967MD

Awards

Best Surgical Teacher, Baptist Medical Center, Surgical Residency Program
Most Influential, First Place, Birmingham, AL - Winter
2013
Top Phlebologist, First Place, Alabama - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Novation
Baptist medical center princeton
Brookwood medical center
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