New Treatment for Varicose Veins

07_Venefit_Procedure_Product_Photo3As reported on Good Morning America – ABC News – NY

Twisted rope-like veins bulge out of the legs of 50 percent of women in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Varicose veins can be more than just plain ugly. The unsightly veins can cause pain, swelling or itching severe enough to drive many sufferers to seek medical help.

Mark Adelman, director of vascular surgery at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, says a procedure known as VNUS, or “closure,” is a great option for patients who’ve been putting off a varicose vein procedure because of the pain and recovery time traditionally involved.

“The procedure itself is not painful at all and after the surgery the patients resume the normal day-to-day activities without pain,” Adelman recently said on ABCNEWS’ Good Morning America.

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, DO, is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first DO to perform a heart and heart/lung transplant in the world. However, it is his experience in vascular surgery for vein treatment that led him to investigate and try methods that were much less invasive compared to traditional practices.

He founded Vein Specialists of Arizona; gathering together professionals dedicated to treating only venous disease.

“Technology has moved rapidly in the treatment of venous disease, Dr. Alpern said. “I feel it’s important that patients know there are important advances in treatment and choices and was pleased to see this reported on ABC News.”

VNUS, which uses a radio frequency to close the troublesome vein, can be done while patients are under localized anesthesia, and patients usually recover completely in one to two days, Adelman said.

The new treatment Adelman discussed on GMA is exactly the procedure Dr. Alpern offers his patients in the state-of-the-art medical center in Phoenix. The treatments are fast, comfortable for the patient, without side effects, provide a rapid recovery, and performed in the office while the patient remains awake. Procedures for the treatment of venous disease are generally covered by insurance and Medicare.

As reported last April on Good Morning America only a few doctors, clinics and medical centers around the country offer such treatments. Vein Specialists of Arizona is one.

Read the entire GMA article here:


Dr. Jeffrey Alpern is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first DO 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, DO 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.


Board Certified Phlebologist (medical specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of venous origin), Gary L. Kersten, MD, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years, dedicating his practice exclusively to the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency since 2007. Dr. Kersten began his medical career as a Board Certified OB/GYN in Michigan, IL and Arizona. Many women first suffer varicose veins during pregnancy. When Dr. Kersten had the opportunity for advanced specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, he discovered his true passion. Dr. Kersten joined the medical team of Vein Specialists of Arizona in 2013.


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. Please visit website, or call 623-428-0068. Vein Specialists of Arizona also services local community needs with a bilingual staff – Se Habla Español!