Colorado’s Vein Specialist™
Welcome to Albert Vein Institute! Albert Vein Institute (AVI) is Colorado’s most well-respected and experienced Vein Center, dedicating 100% of its services to vein care, using minimally invasive procedures in an elegant, inviting setting. AVI has national accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) as an official “Vein Center.”
“The fact that Albert Vein Institute is the first and only IAC Accredited Vein Center
in Colorado means you are in the most experienced, expert hands in the state.”
– James D. Albert, M.D., RPVI
AVI – Vein Center of Excellence
Albert Vein Institute is a nationally accredited IAC Vein Center of excellence, dedicated to meeting the needs of patients in a comfortable atmosphere, with state-of-the-medical-arts techniques.
Dr. James D. Albert, M.D., RPVI is actively Board Certified in Cardiovascular Surgery and Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (Phlebology). He practiced Cardiothoracic Surgery for 20 years and served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Memorial Hospital UC Health in Colorado Springs for seven years. Since transitioning exclusively to Phlebology in 2006, Dr. Albert has personally performed over 11,000 Endovenous Ablation Procedures to treat venous insufficiency. He received the prominent Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) certification documenting the highest standard in vascular ultrasound interpretation.
We offer both Endovenous Laser and Radiofrequency Ablation under local anesthesia with mild conscious sedation. Bulgy veins are removed through undetectable 1mm micro nicks in the skin. No sutures are required. Patients are awake and communicating with Dr. Albert’s team during the procedure to assure they are comfortable. We believe General Anesthesia is not only unnecessary but also contraindicated. A patient’s ability to communicate any symptoms with the team during the procedure is essential and assures less discomfort after the procedure. Patients essentially return to normal daily activities the next day. Generally speaking, patients can plan to be at AVI for two hours the day of their procedure to allow ample time for registration and preparation. However, most procedures take on average only 30 minutes in our outpatient treatment facility.
Many patients believe that recurrences are inevitable after varicose vein treatment and therefore are reluctant to definitively address their vein problem. At AVI, we pride ourselves in striving to keep recurrence of varicose veins after our procedures at less than one percent. You will be seen at convenient intervals for you in order to identify potential recurrences.
AVI has recently received national accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for Vein Center certification. AVI is the first and only IAC Accredited Vein Center in Colorado and one of 100 in the United States. This translates into a national “seal of approval” for safety, expertise, competence and standards of care for venous disease. Both Denver and Colorado Springs facilities incorporate the technological advances of a hospital setting incorporated into a comfortable outpatient atmosphere.
All patients suspected of having venous insufficiency have an introductory meeting with Dr. Albert. During this meeting, Dr. Albert evaluates each patient’s symptoms and physical findings in the context of whether they have received previous vein treatments. Only he decides if a diagnostic ultrasound is indicated. Performing venous ultrasound routinely without indication is not in the patient’s best interest and may be denied by insurance. Dr. Albert will review what the patient can expect during their treatment and then engage other staff members to assist them with scheduling and obtaining compression stockings if required.
From the initial consultation through follow-up appointments, Dr. Albert will be personally performing and supervising the various aspects of the patient’s care. At AVI you will never meet one physician and then be surprised that another physician is actually performing your consultation or venous ablation procedure. Only Dr. Albert performs venous ablation procedures at AVI’s facilities in Denver and Colorado Springs in concert with each location’s trusted staff.
Many physicians, who perform Phlebology, do it part time and are primarily committed to another medical specialty like Radiology, Vascular Surgery or Laser Skin Care. Dr. Albert and his team are 100% committed to the treatment of venous disease. We are exclusively available for our patients receiving venous treatments at our two facilities. We do not spend time working in the hospital or its emergency room being drawn away from our primary focus. We are always available for new patients with urgent concerns, and patients receiving treatment can be seen at any time during regular practice hours if they have any concerns. Patients can always contact us after hours.
Venous patients present with varied physical findings and degrees of symptoms. Patients can present with only cosmetic issues, medical symptoms, or a combination of the two. Symptoms range from mild aching, heaviness, and leg fatigue, progressing to ankle swelling and lower leg discoloration. Spider veins without symptoms are considered cosmetic. The presence of symptoms and any combination of physical findings may represent “medically necessary” venous insufficiency. Patients with symptoms should be evaluated by ultrasonography prior to any cosmetic treatment, as the presence of leaky valves will inhibit cosmetic injection therapy from working. Receiving cosmetic treatment at an institution that is unable to evaluate the health of your venous system could result in ineffective treatment. At AVI we treat both medical and cosmetic scenarios with the safest and time proven technology. So whether you have simply cosmetic spider veins, complex medical venous insufficiency (leaky valves) or both, every situation can be treated at either of our two facilities.
At AVI we are very experienced in obtaining pre-authorization for “medically necessary” vein procedures. Before scheduling, we will confirm the benefits of your particular insurance plan to confirm it covers the various venous procedures ordered. Additionally, the status of your deductable will be confirmed so an accurate accounting of your potential out-of-pocket expenses can be provided to you. We provide complete transparency in this process prior to performing any procedures and no procedures will be performed until authorization is obtained. Different insurance companies have very strict and varied guidelines with respect to time of wearing compression stockings, size of vein, number of vein procedures allowed, and location of valve leakage (reflux). You do not want to be surprised about unexpected personal responsibility which could happen if the benefits and authorization department is not following these ever changing guidelines.
Accurate diagnosis is essential to formulate a successful treatment plan. This is especially true in patients who have had partial or unsuccessful previous treatments at other vein clinics. Venous ultrasound is a painless test that is essential to evaluating the functionality of a patient’s venous system. AVI has many state-of-the-art vascular ultrasound machines operated by our team of Registered Vascular Technician (RVT) ultrasonographers to accommodate patients’ schedules. Patients with previous Deep Venous System clots may need additional testing with Magnetic Resonance Venography to further evaluate their deep venous system. AVI has received IAC Vascular Testing Accreditation documenting the procedures and consistencies of our venous vascular laboratory.
A Note From Dr. Albert
Thank you for visiting us at Albert Vein Institute (AVI). Over the last 10 years, we have developed a Vein Center of Excellence for treating venous disease that is first and foremost dedicated to meeting our patients’ needs. Living with the discomfort, pain and potential embarrassment of varicose veins and spider veins is no longer necessary, and heavy, tired, itchy, swollen legs and ankles can easily be part of your past through today’s minimally invasive technology.
Choosing the best provider to diagnose and treat your potential venous problem can be a daunting process. The internet has allowed most providers to appear similar. Let me be clear, the differences between provider and facility qualifications and results could not be more striking. We hope the information provided within this website will allow you to understand these differences and the unique perspective AVI brings to venous care in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Whether this is the first time you have sought treatment or you have been previously treated elsewhere unsuccessfully, we hope you will provide us an opportunity to provide excellent, long-term, successful results with any venous problems you may be experiencing.
James D. Albert, M.D., RPVI
Medical Director and Practicing Physician
Diplomate American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Diplomate American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine