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The majority of vein websites you visit during a search will begin by giving you a series of technical and medical terms that will leave you frustrated and scared of looking further. At San Diego Vein Specialists, we want to remove that fear and give you the information you need to make the best decision for healthy legs. If you have varicose veins, and potentially the pain associated with it, the San Diego Vein Specialists have multiple options for taking care of you. Our goal is to provide you with the information and the treatments necessary to get back to your normal routine. Thank you for being here, at SDVS you can count on:
Since the EVLT procedure, I really have not had any pain. My legs look great and I think I can thank the EVLT system for that.
I can't believe how simple the procedure was and how much better I feel.
The results of the EVLT procedure really exceeded my expectations
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Endovenous laser therapy is a simple, minimally invasive procedure. Performed under local anesthetic, this procedure involves inserting a thin laser...See More
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Sclerotherapy eliminates smaller varicose and spider veins through the injection of an FDA-approved drug solution that causes closure of the veins. ...See More
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Dr. Moussavian is an extremely talented cardiologist board certified in interventional cardiology, general cardiology and internal medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the prestigious Yale University including an additional year as chief medical resident and assistant professorship thereafter. He went on to pursue his general and interventional cardiology training at Scripps Green Hospital and Research Foundation where he stood out as a top fellow, selected to become the ch
Lisa Alvarez is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a subspecialty in cardiac and vascular disease. Originally from Eastern North Carolina, she completed her undergraduate from UNC-Chapel Hill. She then continued her education completing her Masters and ultimately her PhD from the University of San Diego. She focuses her time co-directing San Diego Vein Specialist where she is certified and coordinates the most up to date and comprehensive care for venous disease. Lisa also spends
Lyndsay is a nurse practitioner with nearly 20 years of healthcare experience including hospital, clinic, and specialty care. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with her Bachelors of Nursing she immediately began working at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as an RN. She went on to receive her Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University while working in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit. After graduation she continued to work in critical care and s
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The vein that is treated by EVLT remains closed for the rest of your life, and as time passes, it gets absorbed to a certain extent by the body. Sometimes, an ultrasound performed months or years later can see the vein remain closed as a “cord” without a lumen. Other times, the ultrasound cannot even locate the closed off veins.
The fact of the matter is that there are already “other veins” that are currently directing the blood flow back to the heart, because the refluxing veins are currently sending the venous blood back down the leg (when standing or sitting for long time). When the abnormal vein is shut off, these other veins will have an “easier time” carrying the blood out of the leg.
An important innovation about the EVLT is that it can be performed with the patient wide awake. It only requires local anesthesia, i.e. injections with lidocaine-containing solution. You will be given “sedative pills” such as Lorazepam the night before and 2 hours before the procedure, but for most patients, even these are not necessary. You will also be prescribed an anesthetic “cream” as a way of making the skin sensitivity “dull” to minimize the discomfort associated with needle injections. But then again, for many patients, even this is not necessary. General anesthesia is a potentially dangerous undertaking for patients, and it is completely unnecessary for this procedure. In fact, in Advanced Vein Care Center, we have performed thousands EVLT’s in the past several years. We have never had to use anything more than local anesthesia to perform those procedures, even in the most anxious patients prone to panic attacks.
We do all our EVLT procedures in one-hour sessions. We have learned from performing over 3,000 procedures that one hour is the optimal time for completing the procedure. Beyond one hour, there arises a greater chance of issues arising from patient’s back pain, hip pain, bladder incontinence, fatigue, etc. If you have very complex venous reflux anatomy where there are more than 2-3 veins that need to be treated, you may require two EVLT sessions.
For the same reason as above, we treat one leg at a time, one week apart. Treating both legs in the same setting takes too much time and discomfort during the procedure. There are tissue trauma, post procedural pain and discomfort that follow each EVLT procedure, such that treating both legs simultaneously can be overwhelming for most patients.
Since 2013, we’ve been making one leg at a time beautiful. Healthy legs are the key to a healthy lifestyle
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