Ulcers … Not Your Stomach, But Your Legs!


Vein Specialists of Arizona provides state-of-the-art treatment for relief of leg ulcers and other venous disease

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O., a cardiovascular surgeon and vein specialist, 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. After years practicing as a cardiovascular surgeon, he determined there was a great need to treat venous disease.

“Over the 30 years I treated heart conditions, I would deal with veins on a daily basis,” Dr. Alpern says. “Many times there were issues with the veins that could have been avoided if only the problems had been diagnosed accurately and earlier.”

“Several years ago I decided to only focus on veins. I then founded Vein Specialists of Arizona assembling a team dedicated to solely treating, preventing and diagnosing venous disease,” Dr. Alpern adds.

Dr. Alpern often sees patients that have been suffering for years with leg and foot ulcers. What are ulcers? Ulcers are wounds or open sores that will not heal or keep returning.

Dr. Alpern says leg ulcers are often the result of ignoring vein issues until they become critical. Treatment for leg ulcers is as varied as the patient.

“The goals of treatment are to relieve pain, speed recovery and heal the wound,” Dr. Alpern explains. “Each patient’s treatment plan is individualized, based on the patient’s health, medical condition and ability to care for the wound.”

Vein Specialists of Arizona provides treatment of venous stasis leg ulcers, offering state-of-the-art procedures performed by Dr. Alpern and the vein specialists at VSA including Dr. Gary Kersten, M.D. The vein treatment is performed in the office from a single needle stick with a local anesthetic. Comfortable Saphenous and Perforator Laser or Radio Frequency ablation procedures at VSA are well tolerated. Patients resume walking immediately after the procedure and return to normal activities within a few days.

Also, the HealthHub by the Cleveland Clinic where Dr. Alpern studied is a wealth of information on venous disease. The site discusses leg ulcers and provides the patient with useful information. The link for the entire discussion is: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/vascular/legfootulcer.aspx

To determine if you have venous issues, start with a full leg vein exam available at Vein Specialists of Arizona. http://VeinsAZ.com


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!



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.