Business Profile
  • Southeast Wisconsin
  • June 2013
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Helping legs look and feel better

If you suffer from discomfort due to varicose vein disease, Bruce W. Cardone, M.D., and his dedicated staff at Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute want to get you on the path to healthy legs!

Varicose veins affect 50 percent of women ages 40 to 50 years old and 25 percent of men ages 30 to 40, and become more common with age. By age 70, 75 percent of women and 50 percent of men show some sign of varicose vein disease.

Symptoms can include pain, aching, fatigue, itching, burning, tingling, swelling, cramping, restlessness and throbbing. Varicose and spider veins get worse with time, so the earlier they are treated, the better off you’ll be.

Patients who visit Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute will have a complete history taken along with an exam. Proper diagnosis is critical, Dr. Cardone says, and that’s where ultrasound comes in. Dr. Cardone is board certified in diagnostic radiology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He is fellowship trained in diagnostic ultrasound and holds special credentials from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a registered vascular technologist (RVT).

Treatments at Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute include several non-surgical, minimally invasive options. One is endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation, which Cardone says is the treatment of choice for reflux of abnormal major superficial venous structures. Patients are awake during the treatment and afterwards wear medical-grade compression stockings for up to a week. Normal activity can be resumed after that. The number of endovenous treatments needed varies, depending on severity.

People with large bulging veins may need additional treatment, such as microphlebectomy. And a procedure called sclerotherapy is used for smaller veins (including spider veins) that are visible to the naked eye.

“These procedures are safe and generally cause minimal discomfort,” according to Dr. Cardone.

Treatments are most often covered by insurance if Dr. Cardone confirms by ultrasound examination that the patient has varicose vein disease/reflux. In most cases, the ultrasound is covered by insurance because it is a diagnostic test. Patients are responsible for deductibles and/or copays, of course.

Regardless of which procedure you may end up receiving, the first step is making the call. “You do not have to suffer from varicose vein disease,” Dr. Cardone says. “Advances in diagnosing the problem, as well as in the technology used to treat it, make treatment easier and more affordable than ever. You owe it to yourself — and your legs — to take the next step today!”

Vena — The Varicose Vein Institute

N4 W22370 Bluemound Road, Suite 201, Waukesha


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