Ultrasound Vein Scan vs. Visual Vein Screening

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According to Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O. cardiovascular surgeon and founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona, exactly how accurate is your vein diagnosis determines what the treatment should be.

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O. feels that every patient should have an ultrasound to determine the correct treatment based on a proper diagnosis.

“It’s not that a visual vein screening is bad, it just isn’t as informative in the findings,” Dr. Alpern explains. “For years I have seen vein treatment misunderstood by patients and even some in the medical profession,” Dr. Alpern continues. “You need to understand if there are more serious underlying problems before you set out a treatment plan for that patient.”

The appearance of unsightly varicose veins and spider veins on your legs or other parts of your body can be alarming. Not only do these veins mar the looks of your legs, they may be an omen of more serious health problems like deep vein thrombosis. Identifying vein disease is the first step to treating it. A top vein specialist can help you better understand what is happening in your veins.

“The professional and caring staff at Vein Specialists of Arizona work to make sure each patient is comfortable with the treatment plan set out for them,” Dr. Alpern states. “The diagnosis and solution options are shared with the patient so that they understand the steps necessary to solve their vein issues.”

Varicose vein treatment today is easy, relatively painless. At Vein Specialists of Arizona, patients begin with a complete screening exam including an ultrasound scan to determine the correct treatment. With the one visit the patient receives their diagnosis and a customized treatment plan. VSA staff can also complete a pre-authorization for insurance.

The current treatment of choice over surgery for physicians and patients with superficial venous insufficiency and varicose veins is endovenous catheter ablation. This procedure involves targeting heat energy inside a vein to seal it. Heat may be created by a laser (endovenous laser ablation, or EVLA) or by radio waves (endovenous radiofrequency ablation, or RFA). With the diseased vein sealed, other healthy veins carry blood from the leg, re-establishing the normal flow.

“This is an out-patient procedure and is done with little or no down time, Dr. Alpern says. “There is minimal pain involved. The patient can drive themselves to and from our clinic.”

ABOUT VEIN SPECIALISTS OF ARIZONA
Vein Specialists of Arizona (VSA) is a state-of-the-art vein center that defines a new standard in care for the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, leg ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. From vein treatments that correct existing underlying pathology to procedures that erase spider veins before the patient’s eyes, we think you will find VSA to be your best choice for venous issues. Your compassionate, effective, safe, affordable and convenient vein treatment at VSA begins with an ultrasound screening exam. Please visit website, http://VeinsAZ.com or call 623-428-0068. Vein Specialists of Arizona also services local community needs with a bilingual staff – Se Habla Español!

jeffrey_300ABOUT DR. JEFFREY ALPERN
Dr. Jeffrey Alpern is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first D.O. to perform a heart and heart/lung transplant in the world. Among his other impressive qualifications, Dr. Alpern trained at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and was Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at both Temple University and Hahnemann University Hospitals in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He currently is Director and founding member of Desert Cardiovascular Surgeons in Phoenix, and founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona located in Phoenix’s West Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide to use fast, virtually painless, safe and effective laser ablation and radiofrequency (RF) techniques for the treatment of existing varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers.