Welcome to Advanced Vein Center, Pittsburgh PA
The Advanced Vein Center is one of the oldest, most trusted vein clinics in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.
While there are other facilities in the region which treat leg vein problems, at The Advanced Vein Center it’s our sole focus. Founded in 2006, we have grown to become one of the largest privately owned clinics in the state. We’re not a chain like our competition and we pride ourselves on giving our patients the attention they need and deserve.
Previous to the mid 2000s, the treatments for varicose veins were for the most part worse than the condition itself. The first truly minimally invasive procedures became available at about this time. Thousands of Western PA residence had moderate to severe varicose and spider veins, but many were reluctant to act until these treatments became available. The Advanced Vein Center was formed shortly thereafter to fill this vacuum. Since then we’ve helped thousands.
We treat the cause, not just the symptoms.
Selective treatment is a poorly kept secret in vein clinics across the country. What this means is treating only cosmetic symptoms, ignoring underlying problems. This is nothing more than a recipe for more vein problems in the future. This approach also does nothing to address the physical symptoms of vein disease. These include: heavy, aching legs, swelling, itching, cramping, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and even ulcers of the ankles and feet. At the Advanced Vein Center, we’ve got the technology to solve the underlying problem first. What’s more, since we’re addressing physical as well as cosmetic problems most medical insurance plans pay for our treatments.
We’re a full-time vein center with several convenient locations.
As the name implies, treating vein conditions is all we do. Our surgeons and physician’s assistants have an average of 20 years of experience. Between them, they’ve helped thousands of area patients. Most have received advanced training in phlebology, the specialty field relating specifically to vein disease. Our vascular lab has full Doppler capabilities, and is a certified American College of Radiology (ACR) facility. We’ve always voluntarily held ourselves to higher standards, and will continue to do so in the future.
We’re also committed to making the process as convenient as possible. Our footprint spans the region, including our Butler vein center, Cranberry vein center, and Bridgewater (Beaver) vein center. We make every effort to work with your busy schedule, offering evening and weekend appointments on an as-needed basis.
Call us today at (724) 987-3220 to schedule a consultation. Most major medical insurance plans accepted.
At the Advanced Vein Center, making your legs look and feel better is our only goal.
The Advanced Vein Center also strives to offer you a high level of convenience. We’ve got vein clinics spread across the greater Pittsburgh region, including Cranberry Township, Beaver, and Butler. Same day appointments are often available with weekend appointments available on an emergency basis.
There isn’t a cookie cutter approach to treating vein problems, but chances are we’ve got an option that will work for you. If you’re wondering what caused your problem, or more importantly what you can do about it, book an appointment today. Call us at (724) 987-3220—the Advanced Vein Center, 20555 Rt. 19, Cranberry Township, PA, 16033. Most major medical insurance plans are accepted. If you’re not happy with how your legs look and feel you don’t have to just put up with it. Take action today.
Dr. Timothy Kavic, MD is our medical director and lead surgeon. With over 25 years of experience as a general surgeon he’s performed literally thousands of vein procedures of all types. He sits on several local and national medical committees. He’s also a long time humanitarian, and has worked to help the peoples of the former Yugoslavia for many years now.
Dr. Giraldo, MD, is a cosmetic surgeon and the other leading member of our surgical staff. He is a cosmetic surgeon with an extensive working knowledge of all types of vein procedures. He’s also a proud member of the prestigious Fellowship of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS). He also sits on the American College of Phlebology (ACP), which deals exclusively with veins and other parts of the circulatory system.
The Advanced Vein Center has a full range of services at one of the best vein clinics of America. Wonder what causes spider veins? Want to know the best spider vein treatments? Read on...
These unsightly clusters of purplish veins are located just beneath the skin. The individual veins are tiny, often less than 1 millimeter. They commonly appear on the legs, but are also sometimes visible on the nose or cheeks. They have a distinctive web-like appearance, hence their name. Spider vein clusters are a symptom of underlying vein disease.
These are the much larger cousins of spider veins. They appear as large, ropey veins which wind their way up the legs and thighs. Although it’s possible to get varicose veins they almost always occur in two areas. As with spider veins, varicose veins are a symptom of underlying vein disease.
What Causes These Vein Problems?
Both varicose and spider veins form over time due to blood pooling in the legs. Healthy veins have a series of one-way valves which prevent this from happening, but when these valves become damaged or weakened then backflow can occur. This is known as reflux, which is ultimately the cause of nearly all vein disease. Over time, depending on the size of the vein in question, spider veins and varicose veins begin to form.
Who Gets These Conditions?
In theory anyone can develop vein disease. Genetics and pregnancy probably play the largest role. Vein conditions are also very common in people who stand for long periods of time. Examples include nurses, hairdressers, construction workers, and teachers. Other leading factors include obesity, trauma, and a history of surgery. Finally, varicose veins occur twice as often in females.
Symptoms of Spider and Varicose Veins.
It’s important to remember that some patients’ symptoms are more than just unsightly. Legs affected with vein conditions, particularly varicose veins, often feel heavy, achy, or even painful. When excessive swelling is present the circulation to the legs is often impaired. This may lead to skin changes such as discoloration and occasionally non-healing ulcers. Cramping and other minor symptoms such as itching, burning, and tingling are also sometimes present.
Complications of Spider and Varicose Veins.
It’s always important to stress that the presence of vein disease is rarely life threatening. Large ulcers can sometimes form near the ankles which are notorious for slow healing. Occasionally these become infected. In worst case scenarios blood clots can form in the deep veins. This is known as a deep vein thrombosis. If this becomes lodged in the lungs it’s known as a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. Note that this is extremely uncommon and usually occurs only in patients in poor health.
Diagnosing Vein Disease.
Conditions like spider and varicose veins are easily diagnosed. As part of a physical examination your doctor will simply note any of the above symptoms. He or she will also ask you about common symptoms such as heaviness, swelling, achiness, and cramping. At this point you’ll likely be given a Doppler ultrasound exam to determine if treatment can help. While some patients choose the “put up with it” approach many others choose to take action. Modern treatments are both minimally invasive and highly effective.
Before any surgical treatment you’ll probably be encouraged to try various at-home treatments. The most common is elastic compression garments. These are available in knee-high and thigh high varieties. While these stockings can help prevent your vein problems from getting worse they can’t reverse the process. They also consistently provide good symptom relief.
Similar to compression stocking, some at-home measures can prevent your vein problems from getting worse and relieve symptoms. Elevating the legs while resting and sleeping is quite common. Other popular self-care options include taking Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID) drugs. Note that while these methods will reduce symptoms and delay progression they’re can’t cure vein disease.
When at-home treatments don’t work sclerotherapy is often the next option. On average it’s about 80% effective. It’s particularly effective on spider veins, yet is also used for smaller varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting specialized medications directly into the diseased veins. This causes the vein lining to become severely inflamed and collapse in on itself. After a matter of weeks, the problem veins are reabsorbed completely. It’s as if they were never there to begin with.
Sclerotherapy is very safe, and complications are very rare and usually minor. Since the solution being used is highly irritating it can cause mild damage to the surrounding tissue if injected carelessly. It’s also possible for new veins to appear, although this can take years to happen if at all.
After your treatment, the targeted veins are gradually reabsorbed and will disappear completely. This takes about 3 to 6 weeks for spider veins. Varicose can take longer to resolve, sometimes up to 4 months. It’s important to realize that while new problem veins can certainly develop this process often takes many years. This being said, it’s generally acknowledged that sclerotherapy delivers long-lasting results.
Skin resurfacing lasers are becoming increasingly popular in the treatment of vein conditions. These produce high levels of heat within the vein, damaging the walls. The veins then close in on themselves, much as with sclerotherapy. While the heat produced by the lasers is intense, it’s highly focused and only lasts for a very short period of time. Complications are often trivial, such as skin redness and the formation of blisters.
Another extremely popular light-based treatment is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This is also known as a photo-facial. It’s a gentle treatment, yet is only effective on small spider veins. It’s often used to treat vein clusters located on the face, especially around the nose.
After Laser Treatments:
Laser treatments for spider veins are effective, yet the process is time-intensive. It can take up to twice as long as sclerotherapy to be fully effective. Even so, the end results are identical. Laser therapy is completely non-invasive and extremely safe.
True varicose veins measure more than 5 mm across, and minimally invasive surgery is the only proven treatment. Two procedures that are in extremely common use are Radiofrequency Ablation (RF ablation) and phlebectomy (microphlebectomy).
RF treatments rely on long, thin catheters which are heated using radiofrequency energy. Once activated, they apply intense heat to the inside of the vein, causing it to collapse in on itself. At this point the treated vein is reabsorbed just as with sclerotherapy. Blood flow reroutes itself to nearby healthy veins and overall circulation is improved.
The surgical removal of varicose veins is known as phlebectomy. Among surgeons, It’s most often referred to as microphlebectomy. To completely control pain, the local anesthetic lidocaine is injected into the area. The targeted vein is then removed with a hook-like surgical instrument.
Both of these treatments are minimally invasive and highly effective. They have largely replaced the older, cruder vein stripping surgeries. Also note that these procedures are often covered by major medical insurance. If you’ve got physical symptoms like aching or swelling, then there’s a good chance you’ll be covered.
Endovenous Laser Treatments:
This is perhaps the newest and most technically advanced procedure available today. It’s also highly effective. To begin with, a fiber optic filament is threaded into the targeted vein. Then pressure is put on the vein to ensure contact with the filament. Pulses of laser light are then delivered to the vein walls, causing the vein to collapse. By some estimates this procedure is more than 95% effective and boasts very short recovery times.
Radiofrequency ablation is often simply referred to as RF. It’s a very similar to endovenous laser treatment and achieves comparable results. First, an ultra-thin wire catheter is threaded into the varicose vein being treated. The tip of this catheter is quickly heated with radiofrequency energy which causes the vein walls to collapse. Then, just as with endovenous laser treatments, the vein is reabsorbed by the body. In a matter of months, it’s as if the vein was never there. Circulation is actually improved by RF treatments since the blood immediately reroutes to nearby healthy veins.
For practical purposes laser and RF treatments attain exactly the same results. Among surgeons there’s some agreement that RF allows more precise temperature control. This is up for debate, and both procedures have long standing records of safety and success.
We customize varicose and spider vein treatment to every patient individually. No one size fits all plans are right for individual vein sufferers. We must first map your varicose veins. Our highly skilled RVTs do this using dopller ultrasound exams. Then when our vein doctors understand the cause of of your varicose veins, he will explain the various treatments for varicose veins that are available to you and alignment with your goals.
Both women and men have cosmetic concerns about their legs. The symptom of the cosmetic appearance often can reveal a more serious vein disease or underlying vascular condition. Vein screenings can be preventative and exams are covered by most health insurances. If you are suffering from heaviness in your legs or pain in legs, we can help! At our Beaver Vein Clinic, Vein Clinic in Butler and Cranberry Twp Vein Centers, we help patients with Varicose Vein treatment, cosmetic Spider Veins, Sclerotherapy, Compression Therapy, Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) phlebectomy or microphlebectomy. At our Advanced Vein Center we are genuinely happy offer our patients the VNUS Closure varicose vein procedure, which is the state of the art treatment of vein disease, like EVLT for Varicose Veins. The RF vein ablation Closure procedure is minimally invasive. It is one of the best treatments for varicose veinss in patients having a condition known as superficial venous reflux. Refuxing veins result in varicose veins, swollen legs, spider veins and many additional painful leg cramps and leg symptoms.
Varicose veins are known for a bulging appearance to the veins under the skin. Spider veins have a distinctive blue color. Bad veins (refluxing veins) afflict about 10%-20% of the adult population. That translates into 20-25 million people in the United States alone, the majority of them women. At our vein center Pittsburgh area locations like Bethel Park and downtown Pittsburgh Pa, we are proud to offer Western Pennsylvania vein clinics like Cranberry Twp, Butler with vein center consultations also located in Moon, Beaver, Monroeville and our newest vein clinic in Bridgewater.
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