Nonsurgical Treatment Heals Varicose Veins

Kate Tierney was standing at a sales counter when someone noticed her ankle was bleeding.

“This man said to me Do you know you’ve got blood all over your sock?” she recalls.

Kate Tierney treated for varicose veins through minimally invasive endovascular laser treatment (EVLT) at Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.

Kate has no problems showing off her “healthy looking” legs.

Looking back, Kate figures she bumped into something that opened a vein. Bulging, ropy veins affected her ankles and calves.

A hairdresser for 35 years, Kate spent many years standing, a risk factor for varicose veins. She also worked hanging wallpaper, another occupation that required time on her feet. Kate had a family history of varicose veins, too; both her mother and father had them.

After the bleeding episode, Kate sought medical help, but delayed treatment. Her legs grew worse.

“My legs started to become numb and I had restless leg syndrome that made them twitch at night. It was hard to sleep, and I had a lot of discomfort,” she shares.

Finally, Kate made an appointment to see Charles I. Stein, MD, of Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.

“I Had My Legs Fixed”

At Vein Treatment Center, Dr. Stein and his partner, N. John Collucci, DO, treat all types of vein conditions, from spider veins to serious venous disease.Kate Tierney treated for varicose veins through minimally invasive endovascular laser treatment (EVLT) at Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.

“We are dedicated exclusively to vein treatment, and have advanced techniques available to address these potentially serious health concerns,” notes Dr. Stein. “We’re able to provide dramatic success stories for our patients, both cosmetically and functionally.”

Kate’s varicose veins indicated venous reflux disease, the result of leaky valves in leg veins that allow blood to pool.

She was treated during a series of appointments with minimally invasive endovascular laser treatment (EVLT) and an adjunct treatment called ambulatory phlebectomy. Both are in-office procedures with quick recovery times.

For EVLT, a thin laser fiber is guided into the diseased leg vein, which is gently collapsed by laser energy and absorbed by the body. Ambulatory phlebectomy removes varicose veins on the leg’s surface through tiny incisions.

“Everyone in Dr. Stein’s and Dr. Collucci’s office made me feel real comfortable,” reports Kate. “I call his staff Charlie’s Angels. They’re priceless.”

The treatments were a dramatic success.

“I don’t have twenty-year-old legs but I certainly have very healthy looking legs,” she describes. “People who have known about my leg issues have said What did you do? I told them I had my legs fixed.”

And she doesn’t have restless legs, which Dr. Stein explained had been caused by poor circulation.

“I sleep through the night and don’t have that tingly awful feeling that used to wake me,” she emphasizes. “I’m really grateful.”

FHCN article by Susan Hemmingway. Photo by Jordan Pysz. Before and after images courtesy of Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast. nj
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