“Almost Instantaneous” Recovery

EVLT eliminates varicose veins without surgery.

Richard Yeatter felt no pain from large varicose veins in his lower left leg, so he did nothing about them.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Richard is back to puttering in his yard.

But lingering concern about the unsightly bulges, along with vague symptoms such as leg swelling and discoloration finally prompted him to visit Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast, where his wife was treated previously for spider veins.
Charles I. Stein, MD, who operates the clinic with N. John Collucci, DO, says people shouldn’t judge the severity of their condition by the lack of pain.
“It’s generally a vague fullness or discomfort rather than an acute, sharp, hard pain,” Dr. Stein points out. “Even patients with the most severe vein disease, who have ulcers, do not usually have tremendous pain.”
A diagnostic blood circulation test (venous ultrasound) of Richard’s leg revealed venous reflux disease. That means the tiny valves that help move blood back up toward the heart no longer function. This causes blood to pool in the legs and veins to enlarge.

Healing with Heat

Dr. Stein and Dr. Collucci recommended Richard undergo two endovascular laser treatments (EVLT) on multiple bulging veins. During the minimally invasive procedure, a high-energy laser directs heat into the affected veins, which seal shut within a week and are slowly absorbed by the body. Blood reroutes through healthy veins nearby.
EVLT requires no incisions, stitches or anesthesia. Richard felt a bit of discomfort from the Novocain® injections and “a little pinch” during the actual procedure.
While Dr. Stein and Dr. Collucci treated Richard, their nurse occupied him with conversations about his schooling at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, his career performing and teaching commercial aircraft maintenance, and his favorite pastimes of working on cars and restoring furniture.
Before and after images courtesy of Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.The doctors strive for a two-hour maximum for each in-office procedure.
“We work on the worst area first,” Dr. Stein describes. “Then, if a second procedure is needed, we’ve eliminated a lot of the blood supply. It makes the second procedure easier.”
After EVLT, patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities, hot tubs, swimming pools and sunbathing for a number of days. Most can return to work or other routines the same day.
Richard was pleased by his “almost instantaneous” recovery and his overall experience at Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.
“Sometimes when you go to a doctor’s office, you’re in and out of there,” without much personal interaction, he remarks. “Not many places give you a call the next day and ask, How are you doing? The staff at Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast are definitely interested in the patient.”

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