Are you Accepting New Patients?
Yes, SFVVG has recently expanded to a three vascular surgeon group and are accepting new patients. We will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Please see our office contact information or ask your primary care physician for a referral.
Do You Accept Medicare?
Yes, we accept Medicare, Medi-medi, but not MediCal alone. We also accept almost all HMO and PPO insurance.
Is Your Facility an Accredited Facility?
Yes, we perform smaller endovascular arterial and venous interventions in our office, however most other surgeries are performed in the hospital setting in an operating room. We are accredited by the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care).
Do You Treat "Spider Veins?"
Our group treats all aspects of venous pathology. Therapy includes various types of compression therapy, radiofrequency ablation of for venous insufficiency, phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. These are all treated in the outpatient setting and do not require overnight stay in the hospital.
What is "Radio Frequency Ablation?"
The procedure known as "vein stripping" in more recent years has been replaced by a simple endovenous closure of the greater and or lesser saphenous veins to help with symptoms of varicose veins and a constellation of other symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency. This endovenous closure can be performed in multiple ways, but the two most common ways is by laser or radiofrequency energy to close the veins from the inside of the actual vein itself which is much less painful and less morbid than the alternative "vein stripping."
Are Varicose Veins Life Threatening?
Varicose veins are superficial veins and by themselves are a nuisance and can cause pain, heaviness, swelling, skin discoloration and even ulcers. They are not life threatening. Swelling and pain especially in one leg can also be symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be life threatening.
Do You Treat Phlebitis?
"Phlebitis" is a term that simply means inflammation of a vein.Commonly this is secondary to thrombus or clot inside a vein. Although, the treatment for a superficial phlebitis is conservative anti-inflammatory management, often there is an underlying reason why you formed clot within your vein. This can be diagnosed with a special type of ultrasound which can be performed in our office by our specialized vascular ultrasound technicians.