New Modalities in Varicose Vein Care

Morrison Vein Institute has been at the cutting edge of new modalities. We also have been principal investigators during FDA trials so we get a head start on our competition.

Dr. Nick Morrison, MD FACS, FACPh, has been the president of the American College of Phlebology ( Veins and Lymphatics now), National Veins and Lymphatics Foundation and currently the president of the world organizaion of Phlebology specialists called UIP.

Presented here in bullet form so you have insight on the various treatments and then come in for a venous duplex ultrasound to find out which one is right for you. Each blog will then cover these in more depth:

Tumescentless, NO Lidocaine anesthesia needed means less injections to the patient

Ablation techniques to treat venous disease, saphenous veins and tributaries with reflux disease:

  • Non- Thermal, non tumescence Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy:
  • Meaning no laser or radiofrequency which would have required the anesthetic called tumescent anesthesia
  • Cyanoacrylate adhesive called VenaSeal, which likened to an implantable glue requiring no anesthesia and no support stockings after procedurescreenshot-2016-medtronic_edited
  • MOCA ( Mecanical Occlusion Chemically Assisted), ClariVein®OC is a specialty infusion catheter for the occlusion of incompetent veins in patients with superficial venous reflux.
  • Thermal, Non- tumescence: Homium Laser plus the use of foam sclerotherapy using Asclera or STS ( Sodium Tetradechol Sulfate)
  • Varithena, manufactured foam, 1% Polidocanol with co2/o2 Gas FDA approved 2014

Traditional surgical methods, newer  surgical modifications, radio frequency, laser, and  tumescentless endovenous ablation are generally safe.

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Intraoperative and postoperative  complications are infrequent and  generally are less frequently seen with endovenous ablation procedures than with more traditional   surgical procedures, like stripping or Trivex invasive procedures needing long convalescence and usually performed in an operating room with much bigger costs.

Morrison Vein Institute is committed to careful follow up and adjunctive treatments, like ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, phlebectomy for large bulging varicose veins on the skin and cosmetic sclerotherapy to prevent imminent phlebitis, vein rupture, itching, restless leg, cramping still possible with a myriad of skin veins left on the skin after medical ablations.

Call Morrison Vein Institute: 480-775-8460 for a consult, Compression stocking fitting and after the Venous Ultrasound meet with our Doctors for your unique vein mapping and treatment protocol. Thank You, Terri Morrison RN BS and Nick Morrison MD for this excerpt from his national presentation.





Treat Varicose Veins in Our Office!

Veins are not just cosmetic
Veins are not just cosmetic

Varicose Veins need treatment

Varicose veins can now be treated with in-office procedures, so no stripping is needed. In-office procedures can be done for larger surface veins after the venous disease is treated at the source, first with ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy or Endovenous laser or radio-frequency ablation techniques. After all medical procedures are completed, spider veins can be treated. Come to Morrison Vein Institute for a consult and learn about all the new techniques to improve your circulation as well as how we treat your veins for the best results.

Dr Nick Morrison Speaking at International Vein Congress

Dr Nick Morrison is speaking at the International Vein Congress (IVC) in Miami this weekend. He is presenting on the following topics relating to varicose veins, spider veins, vein disease and treatments:
1) Endovenous Non-Thermal Ablation
2) Liquid Sclerotherapy
3) Saphenous Reflux and Ablation
4) Foam Sclerotherapy
Dr Morrison is a world-renowned expert in veins and vein disorders, aka Phlebology. So he gets asked to speak all over the world.
For more information about this meeting you can visit:
If you would would like to keep abreast on other speaking engagements Dr Morrison has coming up or to learn more             about Phlebology, visit our educational site at

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Dr Morrison in Italy

Dr. Nick Morrison, medical director of Morrison Vein Institute, attended the International 12th Sclerotherapy Conference in Florence, Italy over the weekend. He presented a lecture on the relative clinical significance of lower leg swelling versus the finding of edema. He also was a moderator for an interesting session on foam sclerotherapy and management of leg ulcers. Dr Morrison said, “Included in the conference was some exciting information on new methods to treat patients with varicose veins by Dr. Alessandro Frullini and many others. It was a conference of high scientific quality in a beautiful setting just outside Florence in Tuscany.”


Vein Treatments-Old & New

In the old days, when Nick Morrison, MD, performed varicose vein removal, “the treatment was often worse than the disease.”

For years the standard operating procedure to treat varicose veins was called stripping, explained Rogers . “The veins were cut out while the patient was under general anesthesia for over four hours,” he said. “The risk of complications from anesthesia for that long appears to be about 1,000 times higher than doing the procedure under local anesthetic as we do now.”

With the advent of radiofrequency VNUS Closure, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, Ambulatory Phlebectomy and endovenous lasers, we have new treatments that are done using only oral valium or a local anesthetic, which enables the patient to walk out of the office immediately after the procedure. None of the new procedures are done in the hospital, they are all minimally invasive and done in a doctors office.

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a minimally invasive method for treating varicose veins, under a local anesthetic, using laser energy to shrink and collapse the vein.

The MD team at the Morrison Vein Institute has done more than 4,000 endovenous thermal ablations in the last 11 years and more than 60,000 vein procedures in the last 15 years.

“There’s nothing more satisfying for me as a physician to help someone like this,” Dr Morrison insisted. “For traditional varicose vein surgery, a person couldn’t work for two to three weeks afterwards. Now, the patient is awake and comfortable while the procedure is going on. We have them walking right after the endovenous thermal ablation procedure, and they can return to work the next day, if they want to. The improvements start the first day and get better with each step of the treatment plan.”

Beautiful Legs Again

What if all the embarrassment and frustration of varicose and spider veins could be wiped away?

 Dr. Morrison is the Valley’s leading specialist in several simple yet revolutionary procedures that eliminate unsightly and unhealthy veins – all with little or no discomfort.

Visual and Foam Sclerotherapy(as seen on Dr Oz) – These are used to treat visible spider veins and varicose veins on the face, hands, breasts and legs. A painless injecting medicine called sclerosant causes these veins to shrink, close off, and eventually disappear. Although multiple treatments are often needed, you’ll experience long-lasting results.

Endovenous Laser Ablation and VNUS Closure, replaces vein stripping and are done in the office. They have short turn around times, so you are back to work the same or next day.

Why not take that step today?

 There’s no reason to live with the veins you’re ashamed of when they can be removed so easily at the Morrison Vein Institute. Give us a call to set up an appointment or to learn more about the treatments we offer.

Toll free- 1- 866- GRT – LEGS (478- 5347)

Have beautiful legs again, make the right choice!

Foam Sclerotherapy as seen on Dr Oz

Recently there was a special on Dr Oz about a new treatment for varicose veins, called Foam Sclerotherapy.

Dr Nick Morrison, medical director of Morrison Vein Institute, was one of the first doctors in the United States to treat veins with Foam sclerotherapy. According to Dr Morrison, it has become a valuable alternative for the treatment of valvular insufficiency of the superficial veins of the lower extremities,including the great and small saphenous veins and their tributaries, recurrent varicose veins, perforating veins, and venous malformations.  Foam sclerotheraphy is appropriate for primary treatment or complementary to ligation, phlebectomy, or thermal ablation.

Dr Morrison travels all over the world teaching other practitioners about veins and vein disease, and the treatments available. One of which is Foam Sclerotherapy, as seen in this picture.

No more Saline, now Asclera

Polidocanol, now FDA-approved name is called Asclera and Sotradecol have replaced painful saline solutions. Now the medicine is painless, and doesn’t sting patients. It can be given in a liquid or foam based injection, as seen on Dr. Oz.

All sclerosing medicines make the vein look like it disappears at the time of the injection- this shows us that the vein was treated- but it is a biological process for the vein to close. We have found that compression stockings after the sessions improve appearance and minimize the risks of side effects like staining or matting. This is an international consensus.