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


Get your veins treated before weight loss

Varicose Veins need treatment

Four reasons to treat vein disorders before starting a weight-loss program

About one-third of the American population is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The New Year often finds many people wanting to reverse that trend. Gym memberships skyrocket and many millions of Americans are starting new exercise programs as we speak.

But for the millions of people with varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis or other vein disorders, taking on a weight-loss program brings its own unique challenges. Here are five reasons why treating vein problems before you begin a weight-loss program could help you achieve even better outcomes.

Less fatigue

Having achy legs that feel heavy can be a barrier to any exercise routine. Those with vein disorders often battle leg fatigue when just walking around their neighborhood, and sticking to an exercise routine could feel like trying to accomplish the impossible.

“Vein disease can really put you behind the curve when starting a program. With your legs feeling lighter and stronger after treatment, it can be a big step in the right direction,” said Terri Morrison, R.N. and co-founder of Morrison Vein Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. Morrison is also a patient educator.

Better exercise:  It’s a common misunderstanding that problem veins will simply go away with exercise. They won’t. And while the circulatory system, overall, can indeed benefit from exercise, not all exercises are created equal when it comes to vein health.

Weightlifting, for example, can put a strain on veins; and running, while it’s great for vein health in general, can be damaging when done on the wrong surface. Knowing the best weightlifting techniques and where to run before you start a weight-loss program can be addressed in a vein consultation and after treatment.

“Our patients come to us for treatment options, but giving them guidance on which exercises to do and which ones to avoid, we think, can be even more important than the treatment itself,” Morrison added.

Venous Ultrasound exam can help to detect dangerous blood clots like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which could lead to a Pulmonary Embolism (PE), or a clot that breaks free from a deep vein and enters an artery. This condition can be life threatening. Between 60,000 and 100,000 people die from PE every year. Knowing if you have DVT before starting an exercise program could be life saving information.

Treatment recovery, compression-wear

With surgical vein treatments like the Foam sclerotherapy, Varithena, or endovenous laser ablation, not only are the they fast and minimally invasive, recovery is much quicker. In the days following treatment, compression socks and a walking regimen are encouraged. It can be the best way to safely start a weight-loss program and help you avoid early injury or burnout.

Diet boost

Medical Volunteer Trip a Huge Success

Volunteer Medical Group

USA and Italy Vein Team
USA and Italy Vein Team

Amigos de Salud, Inc. is a non profit, 501 C3 organization founded by Dr. And Mrs. Nick Morrison, MD. Nick and Terri, co-founders of Morrison Vein Institute, have organized and accompanied teams of volunteer medical groups to Central and South America for over 25 years. These last 2 years, world-renown vein doctors from Italy have joined us to care for over 1000 indigent poor every year in a weeks time. We thank our donors who have donated medical compression stockings, bandages, and medical supplies to make this effort possible. We are also thankful to our nurses, doctors and volunteer team for donating their time, talents and money to support this effort. Thank you to Fara Foundation in Nicaragua for their gigantic effort and support as well.

People learning about leg health image image image


Got Swollen Legs or Ankles? Or Both?

Leg swelling can be caused by several different things. One reason your legs could be swollen, tired and heavy is from bad veins in your legs. When valves in the veins in your legs don’t close properly, pressure builds up in them. This can force fluid to leak out of the veins into the surrounding tissue. This valve malfunction is known as venous insufficiency, or vein disease. Vein doctors, aka Phlebologists can treat this with minimally-invasive in-office procedures. If left untreated, it can lead to blood clots, leg ulcers, varicose veins, restless legs, skin irritations, thrombophlebitis, cramping, itching, heaviness, etc…Image
Another cause of swelling is called lymphedema. The lymphatic system is somewhat similar to your venous system in that there is flow of lymph fluid back to the center of your body. If that system is impaired, fluid and proteins can leak into the surrounding tissue, causing swelling and discomfort similar to venous swelling. Lymphedema can be primary, meaning the cause is unknown. It can also be secondary, which is caused by anything that changes the lymphatic return. Common causes include trauma from surgery performed close to lymph nodes or vessels, removal of lymph nodes due to cancer surgery, radiation, infections or other traumas.
Lymphedema should not be mistaken for venous swelling. However, untreated venous insufficiency can progress into a combined venous and lymph disorder and massive swelling can occur, limiting walking, daily activities and cause permanent skin changes. The National Lymphedema Network is a great resource for information about lymphedema. Their website is http://www.lymphnet.orgImage.

So, the short of it is, if you have swollen feet, ankles and/or legs, seek help from a Phlebologist who specializes in veins. They can diagnose vein disease and lymphedema, then treat the veins in your legs if that is the root cause. If lymphedema treatment is needed, they can send you to a lymphedema specialist.

FREE Health and Beauty Open House May 30th

Morrison Vein Institute is teaming up with a well-respected plastic surgeon, Dr Jeffrey Ptak, next Thursday May 30th for a Health and Beauty Soiree! Come learn about leg health, vein disease, beauty secrets, and the latest procedures for your whole body! Seats are limited, so click on the link below to RSVP today or you can call us 480-860-6455 and say you want to be added to the list for the open house.–Next-Thurs–May-30–Health—Beauty-Soiree–Dr–Ptak—Morrison-Vein-Institute.html?soid=1102594600641&aid=t66wyPsUP-k.

World-Famous Vein Specialists Meet in Arizona

The 6th annual “Sedona Days” Conference is being held this weekend in Arizona. This meeting is an invitation-only conference organized by Nick Morrison MD, and sponsored by an unconditional educational grant from Medi USA. This unique medical conference represents a gathering of the leading venous experts, aka phlebologists, in the world, coming together to discuss various topics related to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with venous disease. Invited speakers and discussants have the opportunity to delve much more deeply into venous topics than they might have in a typical medical conference because most of the time is spent on creative discussion. To kick off the meeting, Dr and Mrs Morrison hosted a brick-oven pizza party. Below are some pictures from the party. Some of the most famous, successful and well-respected Phlebologists in the world are shown below prepping and cooking pizza!

Meeting pre-party

dad and Italian Doctors

dad cooking

doctors making pizza

dr and mrs Caprini

dr forrestal and john Dentoni

dr forrestal watching dad in action

dr forrestal, dr and mrs caprini, dad

italian drs

mom and hugo at pizza party

Nicos, Ted, Joe Caprini

pizza making by mel and Tony

pizza oven

pizza prep by tony and giovanni

terri and Hugo Parstch

Do Your Legs Feel HEAVY?

Do you suffer from heavy, tired legs? After you exercise, do you fee like you are dragging weights around your ankles when you walk? These are all symptoms of vein disease, which can be treated. If your legs are achy, heavy, tired, restless, and/or swollen, you may have a medical problem. Seek help from a vein doctor, aka Phlebologist. Vein specialists diagnose and treat all types of veins and vein disease.

After treatment, one of our patients at Morrison Vein Institute verbalizes, “I feel like the ankle weights I have been wearing have been removed. My legs do not have the heaviness anymore. I feel free and light on my feet. Thank you for giving me my life back.” What a great feeling to have a new lease on life! Thanks Amy for your testimonial.

Men and women of all ages have varicose and spider veins
Men and women of all ages have varicose and spider veins


VNUS Closure YouTube Video for Varicose Veins

I came across a great video on YouTube that explains the VNUS Closure procedure for venous reflux, aka vein disease.  So I thought I would share it with you. If you have leg pain or swelling, ankle veins, restless leg, discoloration or tired heavy feeling in your legs, you should seek help from a Phlebologist. A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of veins and vein disease is called a Phlebologist.


Is it Normal for an 18 year old to Have Spider Veins Already?

Yes, 18 year-old men and women can have spider veins and/or varicose veins. You are never too young or old to have vein disease. Heredity is a factor, as well as prolonged sitting, standing, heavy lifting, pregnancies, and hormones. Seek help from a vein specialist through the American College of Phlebology website at There you can put in your zip code and find a Phlebologist, aka Vein Doctor in your area. Phlebologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of veins and vein disease. Don’t wait, your leg health is counting on you!