Veintec treats varicose veins without major surgery, discomfort

David Mozersky, MD

 
The treatment of varicose veins has come a long way since vascular surgeons David Mozersky and Alfred Laborde opened their first Veintec clinic in San Antonio 10 years ago. Before the introduction of laser and miniphlebectomy treatments, relief for the unsightly and often painful veins required major surgery, took weeks of recovery and was, in Mozersky’s words, “barbaric.” Today’s methods, however, often need nothing more than local anesthesia, cause minimal discomfort and ensure little down time. Most patients, in fact, are able to drive themselves home after treatment.
 
The introduction of laser energy alone “has really revolutionized what we do,” says Mozersky. However, with much of the new technology introduced just six years ago, many people are still unaware of how easily they can treat varicose veins. One Veintec patient, for instance, endured pain for years because he thought treatment would require him to be hospitalized, placed under general anesthesia and out of work for three weeks.
 
“A large part of our practice is really providing education for what we do,” Mozersky says.
 
Varicose veins appear when the superficial veins in the legs fail to function properly. Reticular or spider veins are usually just a cosmetic problem, but truncal varicose veins can be quite painful and cause swelling, clotting, ulcers and skin changes. All varicose veins are hereditary, although prolonged standing, obesity, pregnancy, birth control pills and hormone replacement can exasperate their development.
 
There are many options for removing troublesome veins, ranging from a simple injection to laser energy to miniphlebectomy, or a procedure in which segments of the vein are removed through tiny, pinpoint holes. Yet, as the technology increases, so does the number of people offering such treatments, many of whom have no background in vascular surgery or phlebology.
 
“Unfortunately, that’s a problem,” says Mozersky, adding that such procedures can be performed in Texas without a license, medical degree or proper training. “These problems, these procedures are really a journey,” he insists, while noting the importance of a trained, experienced staff that will treat each patient on an individual basis rather than offering the same treatment for every problem.
 
Doctors Mozersky and Laborde now operate two state-of-the-art Veintec clinics in San Antonio, including one at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy. Since its inception, Veintec has treated more than 15,000 patients. A third vascular surgeon, Dr. Robert Thompson, joined their team in 2004. All three are board certified in general and vascular surgery and fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information contact Veintec at 483-8822 or visit www.veintec.com.
 

Alfred Laborde, MDRobert Thompson, MD