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Western Vascular Institute Vein Center

Our attractive, calming office setting and staff will make you feel at ease from the moment you arrive. Our award-winning surgeons are eager to assist you in our state of the art venous surgery center, and walk you through your plan of care. Our surgeons evaluate and treat hundreds of patients with venous disease on a monthly basis. Evaluating and treating venous disease on a daily basis allows our providers to maintain a knowledge base and skill set that is un-matched and unequaled in Arizona.  As such, our surgeons are able to provide an in-depth explanation of your venous disease and suggest the best options for treatment vs. non-treatment.

Treating venous disease has become easier in recent years, with the help of technology. New treatments for vein disorders require little downtime and can be done in the comfort of our outpatient vein center.

How are Varicose Veins diagnosed?

Varicose Veins are generally diagnosed by your Vascular Surgeon through ultrasound along with a physical exam.

Listed below are the procedures offered at Western Vascular Institute and the corresponding treatments for the procedures.


Conservative management –allowing the patient/surgeon to receive their desired outcomes by changing lifestyle to include:

  • Medications
  • Patient training
  • Weight loss
  • Elevating your legs
  • Avoiding long periods of standing or sitting
  • Compression stockings

Endovenous Radio Frequency Ablation – ultrasound guided procedure that applies heat via a catheter to the vein, preserving the surrounding veins while shrinking/ eliminating the incompetent vein.

Microphlebectomy – procedure where small incisions are made in the skin whereby the varicose veins are then removed. Incisions are generally less than a 1/4 inch long allowing for the vein to easily be removed out the skin.  This procedure is does not generally require stiches

Sclerotherapy (Medical & Aesthetic) – is a common treatment where a sclerosing agent is injected into the affected veins inner lining, thereby collapsing the vein, which is then reabsorbed into the body and removed as waste.

For the treatment of

Varicose Veins

Enlarged, twisted, bulging veins found anywhere in the body, but most commonly occurring in the legs and feet due to the pressure of standing. In these veins, the valves become damaged, creating a backflow and pooling of blood, instead of returning the blood to be re-oxygenated by the lungs.

Risk factor

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Profession


  • Pain/tiredness in legs
  • Aching or throbbing in the legs
  • Itchiness of skin at site
  • Swelling of feet or ankles
  • Bleeding, rupture of the vessel
  • Ulcers

Venous insufficiency

is a condition where veins cannot adequately transfer blood from the legs back up to the heart. Inside the veins are valves that operate like flaps, directing the flow of blood toward the heart. When the valves become damaged, circulatory problems develop ranging from spider veins to varicose veins, and blood clots to skin ulcers.

Risk factor

  • Varicose veins
  • Blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Cancer
  • Muscle weakness
  • Injury/trauma
  • Swelling
  • Inactivity

Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency

Common symptoms of venous insufficiency aching or throbbing in the legs include swelling and discomfort, skin discoloration, skin thickening, spider veins at the ankles, and leg ulcers.

How is Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?

Diagnostic ultrasound measuring the vein diameter and the amount of pooling (reflux) and venograms (X-ray exam with contrast dye) may be used to examine the veins for signs of disease.

Spider Veins

Also referred to as telangictasias spider veins are small clusters of red and blue spider looking superficial veins that appear on the thighs, ankles, and calves.

Risk Factors

  • Heredity
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Age
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Vein injury


Venous ulcers, varicose ulcers, stasis ulcers are ulcers or wounds that come as a result of improper functioning of the valves within the vein. The blood is not able to return back up to the heart sufficiently and the increased pressure created in the affected area causes the ulcer or wound to form.

Risk Factors

  • History of blood clots
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Increased age
  • Family history of venous insufficiency