Fox 10 Interview of Dr Morrison

Fox 10 was at our office interviewing Dr Morrison and a patient of ours about CoolTouch Laser to treat veins. Thanks to TV and social media, patients can learn about new therapies to treat their veins.

In the last 2 years, the FDA has approved a New Foam  called Varisolve ( Varithena) for treating venous insufficiency, in other words a way to treat or close the leaking, saphenous veins that used to be stripped out! This isn’t used for the surface, cosmetic, skin veins that we can see. This replaces  therapies like laser or radio frequency ablation or MOCA, Clarivein type procedures.

The other approved last November is VenaSeal, Closure by Medtronic.                                  ( This procedure is the only non thermal, non- tumescent, non-sclerosant procedure that uses a proprietary adhesive delivered by a doctor using their kit to deliver in the saphenous vein, to close the veins with faulty valves. Patients who fear anesthetic, heat, pain etc will prefer this method and if this is the only treatment needed, the patient won’t need compression stockings that day and may return to work or play.


More than leg veins can be trouble


Klippel-Trenaunay A rare and genetic syndrome that is often the most severe
 manifestations of varicose vein disease. The syndrome is a vascular disorder
 that consists of abnormalities in the venous system, lymphatic system, and
 arterial systems. This disorder often manifests itself in the form of 
 varicose veins, arterio-venous malformations (AVMs), lymphedema, port-wine stains
 and eventually limb hypertrophy (enlargement of the involved extremity). 
 Treatments may be an option for patients after a specific workup.
Face veins and hand veins can be more than cosmetic; you want a vein care 
specialist called a phlebologist with lots of experience to care for you.
Call us for a vein screening and then a workup for a specially 
designed treatment plan. 480-775-8460. #Morrisonvein


Nick Morrison MD answers online patient’s question about Pelvic Congestion:

 “I had an ablation in May of 2014, but I have been dealing with lower right stomach pain since May of this year. A CT scan was performed and it shows I have pelvic congestion. I can’t stand up straight. I’m really depressed. At this point I just lay in bed and apply a heating pad. When I try to get up and walk, pain comes and it feels like a contraction. What are my treatment options? Do I need surgery, or is there a less invasive procedure that can be done?”
Nick Morrison, MD answers:

About 60% of women with “pelvic congestion syndrome” have ovarian and/or pelvic vein incompetence or partial obstruction. The diagnosis is made according to the clinical symptoms and a specialized CT or MRI scan specifically designed to show the venous system. The abdominal or pelvic veins are found to be incompetent or partially obstructed leading to venous congestion. Minimally invasive treatment can be very helpful but is a very specialized procedure and must be performed by a physician with the training, expertise, and skill to do it safely.

Nick Morrison MD, Morrison Vein Institute answers patients questions received online

I’m 25 with well muscular build. I had a VNUS closure procedure of GSV of both the legs a year ago followed by sclerotherapy session after a month. I am into weight training lifestyle so I started weight lifting 5 month after my procedure. I can see some tiny bulging of veins around calf, hamstring and on feet. Will these veins get worse and is it due to my hormone levels?

These are really frustrating I feel helpless. Should I stop weight lifting?Varicose

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.

Article about Compression “Sense and Sensibility: Travel Attire Without Offense!”

Great to see compression hose mentioned in blogs about travel and style. The author says “…recently realized need to wear compression hose on long flights [something I have done for years either to board or put on once airborne]. There is absolutely no reason safety and comfort must replace style … being fashionable always an option if only effort and thought given the matter. Why even my compression hose come in sexy lace topped thigh highs.”

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Teréza Style ™

LV Travel LV Travel

In Jane Austen’s iconic book, “Sense and Sensibility” the main theme is how the family central and the women characters prevalence of excessive sensibility renders them without venue to betterment in their life fraught with difficulties. How connected to ones travel attire you ask? Well actually quite a easy analogy … far too often attempts at what some claim as “sensible” is no more than what is most readily available and as such in no need of  forethought or planning. Frequently these choices render wearer as uncomfortable as they appear untidy and unattractive – this too leaving one expending energy in defense of being assured their choice was perfect. The options are plentiful and should include practicality, protection and good taste – difficult you might be thinking to combine all these into a single travel attire choice. No dear readers – it just takes…

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Newsladies Compression Stocking Demo via Youtube

Terri Morrison, Co-founder of Morrison Vein Institute, and Heidi Foglesong, media personality, teamed up to talk about compression socks, stockings and an apparatus to put them on. Check out this great video on Youtube from the Newsladies talk show, featuring Heidi Foglesong on the doublewide network. If you are interested in purchasing the colorful compression stockings or socks you see on the video, you can call toll free (855) 835-3544 to order.

Apprehensive About Having Your Veins Treated? Read This Story…

Betty had her veins treated last week and was so excited about her experience, she wrote this story to share… “I am a nurse at Morrison Vein Institute. I have nice legs, so from the outside, it didn’t look like I had any medical problem below the surface. However, I began to have symptoms of vein disease at the beginning of this year, like leg pain and heaviness after a day on my feet. Since I am a very active person, this was not going to work with my lifestyle. So I sought help. After an Ultrasound Scan of my legs, it was clear that I needed to have medical treatment. I was apprehensive about this, being generally a chicken.

So needless to say, I was very please when I had minimal discomfort during the vein procedure, and no discomfort to speak of at during or after the ultrasound-guided injections later. I did not experience any bruising, although everyone is different. I followed the instructions that we give our patients exactly.

The most important patient instruction that we give our patients is to wear hose for 48 hours after the procedure and then for 3 weeks during the day and to walk at least a half hour each day. For the hose wear, I found that the cotton thigh high is really comfortable, especially in the winter. I like wearing a closed toe for the first 48 hours because the open toe felt a little tight on my toes at night. However, everyone has different taste in hose wear.

During the first week, I did develop a rash near the top of my thighs from the hose. This is very rare, although I had heard a few patients complain of this in the past. So I thought I would pass on to you what I did to solve this problem; I turned the hose inside out and then used the roll-on adhesive at the top band area to hold the hose in place. That solved the problem perfectly.

I hope that anyone having symptoms, even with cosmetically nice legs, would consider getting an Ultrasound Scan and physician review to see the best way to treat their vein disease.”

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World Phlebology Meeting in Boston was a Huge Success

All of our staff at Morrison Vein Institute had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the International vein meeting in Boston last week. Dr Morrison was the chair for the whole meeting and choreographed a 1600 person meeting of world experts in veins and vein disease with the help of the American College of Phlebology. Terri Morrison and most of our RN staff were invited to present at the meeting, so we all went in support of our team.

Terri Morrison participated in workshops and gave presentations on compression therapy for venous problems with other world-renowned compression experts. Barbara Deusterman, BSN, RN was the Nursing Section chair for the meeting, so she and Kathy Melfy faciliated the Nursing Symposiums throughout the week. Barbara also presented several case studies and gave talks on sclerotherapy do’s and don’ts. Kathy Melfy, BSN, RN presented on “Empowering your patients,” and “Treating the Underlying Aspects of Inflammation in Venous Disease.” Kathy and Terri also participated on a panel about “Comminication with Patients.”  Jackie McGrath presented a case study on “The Importance of Endovenous Thermal Ablation.” Susie Baker, BSN, RN presented a case study on KTS and gave a talk on “Verbal Anesthesia during procedures.”  Janice Beans, RN presented case studies on KTS and unusual venous problems.

As you can see from the pictures below, we learned, we presented, we networked and we celebrated…Dr Morrison was elected President of the International Union of Phlebology during our week in Boston!!! YAY!!

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