Back in Time

Heat treatment has senior channeling his teens.

At 80, David Ryone is retired from the Rhode Island-based manufacturing company he started with his father. Even as part owner of the company, David had a demanding job that took a toll on his body over the years. By the time he moved to Florida in 2003, David was quite concerned about the condition of his legs.

David Ryone was treated for varicose veins using the minimally invasive procedure EVLT at Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.

“My legs also look much better since the procedures. They look better than they did when I was a teenager!” -David

“My legs were swollen and painful,” he describes. “It might have been a gradual thing, but it felt like the heaviness in my legs came on suddenly. I also had bulging varicose veins, so my legs were ugly. I decided something had to be done about them.”

David initially turned to his family physician, who recommended he visit Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast and its physicians, Charles I. Stein, MD, and N. John Collucci, DO.

The doctors’ first move was to order an ultrasound exam of David’s legs. The results showed the tiny valves that help move blood back up toward the heart were not functioning properly. This was causing blood to pool in David’s legs and his veins to enlarge, a condition called venous reflux disease.

Sealed with Heat

Dr. Stein and Dr. Collucci recommended David undergo endovascular laser treatments (EVLT) on his varicose veins. During the minimally invasive procedures, a high-energy laser directs heat into the affected veins, which seal shut within a week and are slowly absorbed by the body. Blood is then rerouted through healthy veins nearby.

David Ryone was treated for varicose veins using the minimally invasive procedure EVLT at Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.

Before & After Vein Treatment

EVLT requires no incisions, stitches or anesthesia, only a few Novocain® injections. The doctors strive for a two-hour maximum for each in-office procedure.

“We work on the worst area first,” observes Dr. Stein. “Then, if a second procedure is necessary, we’ve eliminated much of the blood supply. This 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.

“The treatment was a piece of cake, and it was successful,” reports David. “Dr. Stein encouraged me to walk a mile with my dogs every now and then, but I was able to walk them a couple of miles each day after my procedures.

“My legs also look much better since the procedures. They look better than they did when I was a teenager! I heartily recommend EVLT and Vein Treatment Center to anybody with a vein problem.”

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