“ Higher patient satisfaction = more time with patient and better solutions.”

Venous patients come to see a doctor about their veins for many reasons:

  • Cosmetic or surface veins may bring them for a consult because they are embarrassed to wear clothing that reveals them to others.

  • “Veins are inherited” many women say that their Mom, Dad, Grandparents had “awful legs” and they don’t want to get that way…

  • “Veins Hurt” and many doctors or family members haven’t believed them. They are told it is a “natural part of aging”, the symptoms are all in their head, “everyone’s legs hurt” when they stand at their job, restless legs are inherited but not related to their veins, and even worse they didn’t know that deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and multiple miscarriages could be related to their thrombophilia and vein disease and could have been prevented in so many with preventative treatments and compression stockings.

  • Varicose veins and spider vein treatments have improved over the last 15-20 years. They heard horror stories about vein stripping and painful saline injections.  They saw people suffer with recurrences even after stripping and injections and didn’t know why? Who should they pick and what therapy should they have?

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  • Vein ruptures: the typical one is a women hits a fragile vein while shaving, or a man knocks against a vein with lifting at a job and the result is dramatic at first and they usually seek attention right away.

    PATIENTS MUST THEN FIND A VEIN DOCTOR, A PHLEBOLOGIST WHO HAS EXPERIENCE IN ALL TREATMENT MODALITIES:

  • RADIO-FREQUENCY OR LASER ABLATION TECHNIQUES WITH HEAT

  • CHEMICAL ABLATION USING FOAM SCLEROTHERAPY FOR ULTRASOUND GUIDED TREATMENT OF THE REMAINING REFLUXING VEINS AFTER SAPHENOUS VEIN CLOSURES

  • VENASEAL, CYANOACRYLATE ADHESIVE WHICH REQUIRES NO HEAT, NOR LOCAL TUMESCENT ANESTHESIA 

  • SURFACE VEIN SCLEROTHERAPY USING FDA APPROVED MEDICINES CALLED ASCLERA OR STS ( SODIUM TETRADECHOL SULFATE) OR VARISOLVE FOAM FOR SPIDER VEINS, TELENGECTASIAS, VENULECTASIAS THAT COULD RUPTURE, AS MENTIONED ABOVE.
  • AMBUALTORY PHELBECTOMY: MICROSURGERY DONE IN OFFICE TO REMOVE BULGING SKIN VEINS INSTEAD OF JUST INJECTING THEM OR LEAVING THEM, FAR WORSE.
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    NOW ALL THESE PATIENTS NEED AN EXAMINATION FIRST WITH SPECIFIC VENOUS ULTRASOUND BY A VEIN SPECIALIST RVT OR RVPh (Medical doctor)

    THEN THE PROCESS OF TEACHING ABOUT ALL THE THERAPIES AVAILABLE AND THOSE THAT ARE UNIQUE TO THE PATIENT.

  • THIS IS WHERE THE REAL TALENTS OF THE PRACTICE COME IN BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO TELL THE PATIENT WHAT IS NEEDED AND THEN TELL THEM WHAT THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL ALLOW OR WILL NOT!

  •  4-6 HOURS OF TEACHING AND HAND HOLDING FOR THE PATIENTS, BEGINS WITH HOURS OF WORK TO SEE IF INSURANCE IS EVEN AN OPTION AND IF NOT WHAT ELSE??

    SO MY ENDING IS: THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN VEIN CLINICS AND WE WANT OUR PUBLIC TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE THAT EXPERIENCE MAKES, COMBINED WITH A REMARKABLE TEAM OF RNS AND PATIENT ADVOCATES WHO WILL WALK VEIN PATIENTS THROUGH THE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD PART OF VEIN CARE AND REMAIN WITH THEM THROUGH THE JOURNEY OF GENETIC VEIN DISEASE WITH A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO HEALTHY LEGS!

    COME TALK TO US @MORRISONVEIN 480-775-8460

    INFO@MORRISONVEIN.COM

“Varicose and spider veins can hurt.”

Inflammation caused by vein disease is a problem a majority of patients face. 

Slide above is from the International Compression Club: “Comparison of below knee with above knee stockings for the prevention of leg volume increase and symptoms that occur during prolonged standing”:W. Blättler, HJ.Thomae, F.Amsler, Switzerland  I THANK YOU   One of many studies ” patients have pain with varicose veins” and how do we treat?

Chronic venous insufficiency causes: “Inherited weakness in venous valves of the legs” allowing blood to flow backward down the legs and pool with prolonged standing or sitting. There are chemical changes occurring with the release of cytokines, MMPS and the inflammatory processes. These can signal different symptoms to the patients: heaviness, tired, swelling, cramping, itching, or local tenderness.  If our patients are uninformed about the side effects of their disease process, these symptoms and inflammatory processes increase without treatments. 

First we encourage patients to have a diagnostic, venous ultrasound scan which gives us a map of their diseased veins so we can propose appropriate treatments. 

Second, we can prescribe good quality, well fitted compression stockings to wear until they decide on treatment plans or while their insurance company makes them wait several weeks to months trying “conservative therapy.” As the slide indicates, when patients get chronic, untreated, inflammatory symptoms of varicose veins they assume they should put up with it…. not knowing that good compression stockings, calf muscle pump exercises, alternated with leg elevation could help these progressive problems while they wait for treatment. Even light weight, 20 mmHg of pressure with a good stiffness index can cause a massaging effect which can decrease edema and that feeling of fullness at the end of the day.

Third, treat the patient with anyone of our toolbox of ” state of the art ” vein therapies: endovenous ablation using heat like ( radio frequency or laser) or liquid or foam sclerosants,  using ultrasound guidance, FDA approved, MOCA ( Clarivein), microphlebectomies, and the brand new FDA approved glue( VeClose). When the medical issues are treated first, then we can inject or laser the remaining skin veins called cosmetic vein therapy.

Fourth, our MD, RN, MA, Sonographer team, works with all our colleagues to teach our patients about a lifelong plan to follow up annually and keep “Vein Healthy Legs.” As the slide concludes, “pain can be memorized as bad feelings and impair quality of life.”  There is no reason to suffer the pain of vein disease. Come see us @MorrisonVein 480-775-8460 We can help you get a healthy start.   

Ask us about VeClose

HELP FOR UNSIGHTLY VEINS

     Saying that varicose veins are unsightly is lending a gentle term to a condition that most of us would describe more vividly: embarrassing, excruciating, and just plain ugly. Even so, many women and men have endured the bulging veins, heavy cramping, restless legs, and even limited activities, blood clots and sores rather endure treatments that they thought were “too painful, too restrictive, and maybe would not work anyway.”

       20 years ago we started Morrison Vein Institute, called Vein and Laser Center of Arizona at that time. We quickly eliminated the need for vein stripping with in-office minimally invasive procedures like ligations, injections and micro procedures to remove large veins.  Phlebology has since then become a specialty, recognized by the AMA and we have tried to organize as a specialty and teach ourselves and patients about the inherited disease called venous insufficiency.

         There is good news for the 40 million people (27 million of them women) whom the National Health Institute says has a problem with varicose veins. this disease  causes problems when the valves inside the veins malfunction and gravity forces blood to pool in the vein rather than travel on to the heart. This  back flow and pooling of blood can lead to itching, swelling, achiness, skin color changes, constant pain or even sores or blood clots. Now, we have an easy way to diagnose vein disease in each patient and give them a specific treatment plan of veins to be treated and how.

             We have many treatments to offer patients, even 2 new FDA treatments in the last 2 years: Varithena, FDA Approved Foam and the VenaSeal Closure system using the “new Glue” as many patients recognize it on the internet.  Restrictive insurance plans don’t like to recognize new proven technologies. Before Medicare or insurance companies  authorize some procedures, they put restrictive clauses on treatment options: wearing compression stockings and conservative therapies for 3 months prior to therapy. Many of our patients have opted out of Medicare and insurance plans and choose a payment plan option where we can start right away! Many other treatment options can be found on our website @morrisonvein.com

         Call today 480-775-8460 / 480-860-6455 and get started on your road to healthy, happy legs again. Come in for a screening and then a diagnostic ultrasound, so you know where you stand. We will teach you about your veins, measure your legs for “New and Improved” compression stockings or athletic compression socks to wear while you wait or decide what to do. http://www.morrisonvein.com   Questions to info@morrisonvein.com or morrisonveininstitute.com

Genetics Plays a Role in Varicose Veins

In the last 20 years, various scientific Phlebology and Surgical publications have scientifically proven that genetics plays a part in chronic venous disease, varicose veins, spider vein formation over time as men and women age. In the following abstract, we can look forward to full genome studies to predict more accurately who will get vein disease based on genetics and therefore learn how to slow down the process with lifestyle, proper diagnosis, treatment modalities, and healthy vein practices including compression stockings, exercise, leg elevation and calf muscle pump activation, and FDA approved medicines. Annual maintenance has helped our existing patients for 20 years.

Semin Vasc Surg. 2013 Mar;26(1):2-13. doi:10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2013.04.003.Genomics of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. Markovic JN1, Shortell CK. Abstract

Recent sequencing of the human genome has opened up new areas of investigation for genetic aberrations responsible for the pathogenesis of many human diseases. To date, there have been no studies that have investigated the entire human genome for the genetic underpinnings of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Utilizing Gene Chip Arrays we analyzed the relative expression levels of more than 47,000 transcripts and variants and approximately 38,500 well-characterized genes from each of 20 patients (N (CVI)=10; N (Control Group)=10). Relative gene expression profiles significantly differed between patients with CVI and patients unaffected by CVI. Regulatory genes of mediators of the inflammatory reaction and collagen production were up-regulated and down-regulated, respectively in CVI patients. DNA microarray analysis also showed that relative gene expression of multiple genes which function remains to be elucidated was significantly different in CVI patients. Fundamental advancements in our knowledge of the human genome and understanding of the genetic basis of CVI represents an opportunity to develop new diagnostic, prognostic, preventive and therapeutic modalities in the management of CVI.

Come in for a free consult to see a video and learn about diagnosis with specific venous ultrasound techniques, healthy vein practices while you wait for treatments, compression stockings, and new FDA vein treatments: 480775-8460 @morrisonvein.com