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English speaking Vein Care Consultant

Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins filled by pooled blood, often associated with unsightly capillaries and spider veins. This problem is surprisingly common, affecting up to 40% of adults. It is not just a cosmetic concern. The alteration of venous blood flow can result in several conditions including venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (a complication of deep vein thrombosis), hemorrhoids, lower limbs swelling and chronic wounds (venous ulcers). Our science-based protocol starts with a physical exam and an ultrasound scan of lower legs. Once the problem has been identified and the treatment decided, we perform a Vein Viewer scan ® (Luminetx Corp., Memphis, TN, USA - a vein light which uses near-infrared technology to project on the skin an augmented reality image of the veins that are not visible to the naked eye) to map exactly the affected vein on the skin before and during the treatment (see the video below). A similar protocol is applied to spider veins and telangiectasias.

Patient Information

What conditions can cause varicose veins?
Leg injuries - A blood clot in a vein - More than two pregnancies - Obesity - Genetic predisposition
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Most common symptoms are: dull or sharp pain, burning or throbbing behind the knee - Aching or heavy feeling in the legs - Swelling of the lower legs or ankles - Itching - Skin color changes, eczema, dermatitis and induration - Chronic open sores called venous ulcers . Varicose veins can also be completely asymptomatic. In this case cosmetic concern can bring the patient to the phlebologist's office. Very often varicose veins are associated with spider veins and telangiectasias, unsightly capillaries visible all over the legs.
Is there a test for vein disease?
Yes, taking a complete history and performing a physical exam is the first approach to vein disease. This should be followed by duplex ultrasound as the first diagnostic exam for detecting the causes and choose the most appropriate treatment. Ultrasound scan is performed with the patient in standing position, with weight on the opposite leg.
How is vein disease treated?
The management of varicose veins has rapidly progressed in the last few years and most procedures are performed in an outpatient setting. Open surgical treatments using the classical saphenous stripping are rarely performed today. The most effective treatments are foam and liquid sclerotherapy and mini-invasive surgical procedures like Muller phlebectomy.

Our Features

The better your phlebologist is, the less you will need to see him.

Prof. Stefano Ricci, MD Honorary Member of the American College of Phlebology
  • We are specialized in treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and venous ulcers.
  • Our patients are treated using non-invasive procedures, in a friendly and comfortable environment.
  • We use only scientifically proven techniques.
  • Whereas necessary, mini-invasive procedures are performed under local anesthesia at our affiliated hospital.
  • Return to normal activity is immediate.
  • All reports provided by our English Speaking Vein Care Doctor wil be written in English.