If you have varicose veins, you might view them primarily as a cosmetic issue, but the reality is that by the time you discover their unsightly appearance on your legs, you already have venous disease, also referred to as venous insufficiency.
Also, if you have varicose veins, you may already be experiencing symptoms in your legs associated with this problem, such as cramping at night, heaviness, swelling, throbbing, itching, pain, burning and muscle fatigue.
This is a progressive condition which, if left untreated, will worsen over time, ultimately leading to skin discoloration and ulcers.
At this stage these changes are irreversible.
According to Dr. Steven Allen, D.O., Director of The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy, the cost of caring for venous ulcers in the United States is almost $7 billion dollars annually, for something that is virtually preventable.
Therefore, the idea is to treat this disease as early as possible, which is precisely why Dr. Allen recently opened his state-of-the-art office, fully equipped with an on-site operating room and ultrasound suite.
This is one of the largest and most modern vein centers in the Delaware Valley.
The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy has recently received the coveted certification from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Dr. Allen applies his 41years of experience as an Interventional Radiologist and Endovascular Surgeon to his current practice.
He utilizes his expertise in catheter manipulation to navigate tortuous vessels to achieve the best results.
His four decades of experience has made him renown in the medical community.
He has lectured and published papers both locally and nationally.
Plus, he is the only vein specialist in the entire region that has been on the faculty of all four medical schools in Philadelphia.
Dr. Allen believes in practicing venous medicine at the highest standard. Therefore, he only hires registered vascular ultrasonographers.
The venous testing lab has received distinguished accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
During your initial visit with Dr. Allen, expect to be at his office for approximately 90 minutes because he takes his time getting to know your symptoms, medical background, family history, as well as conducting a thorough medical exam.
“I tailor every treatment to the individual patient,” says Dr. Allen. “Nothing we do here is one size fits all.”
He explains that the purpose of leg veins is to carry blood back to the heart.
To prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction, veins have numerous valves, but if the valves fail (a cause of venous reflux), blood flows in reverse, creating venous hypertension.
This is what causes these veins to enlarge, thicken and become varicose.
After administering local anesthesia to the patient at the onset of the procedure, he uses an ultrasound machine to guide him as he inserts the needle and then a catheter into the vein directing it to the exact location.
The catheter is connected to a radiofrequency generator that delivers heat to the lining of the vein causing it to close.
No stiches are required.
The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes, and after just five minutes of recovery time, the patient can walk out of the office and return to work the later the same day!
In addition to treating leg veins, Dr. Allen also offers Hand Rejuvenation.
Hand aging is characterized by a loss of tissue volume and elasticity of the skin, which can increase the visibility of tendons, veins, and bones on the back of the hand.
Through the use of sclerotherapy and/or dermal fillers, a youthful look can be restored.
The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy is the only vein center in the area offering this cutting-edge treatment.
“The goal for my practice is to provide high quality care for all forms of venous disease,” explains Dr. Allen.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen at The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy, located at 2600 Philmont Avenue, Suite 205 in Huntingdon Valley, PA, call 267-728-7440.
For more information, also visit www.veintherapypa.com.
PHOTO CAP: Dr. Steven Allen, DO and the staff at The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy.