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What You Should Know About Treating Your Varicose and Spider Veins

October 31, 2017

From Colorado’s Vein Expert: You Have A Personal Choice When It Comes to Treating Varicose and Spider Veins James D Albert, M.D., RPVI of Albert Vein Institute In today’s environment of aggressive Internet marketing, patients are frequently presented with conflicting information about the health risks of varicose veins (VV) and spider veins (SV).  It is important for patients to understand that VV are not “silent killers.” “Free vein screenings” might be a marketing gimmick to get patients in the door, but without symptoms there is rarely anything an evaluation would discover that would require intervention. Even worse is the use of inaccurate threats stating “patients who do not get evaluated for VV are at risk for developing DVT and ulcers.”  Patients should only seek care for varicose or spider veins if they are experiencing aching, burning, itching, heavy legs or ankle swelling. Older patients may naturally have superficial venous valve leakage (reflux), but it is often clinically insignificant. Patients should only be treated if they have significant symptoms. Patients should never be coerced to think that without treatment they will experience serious negative health outcomes. If one thinks they have vein disease, choosing where to go is important. The differences between provider skill-set and facility qualifications

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October 19, 2017

  If you are searching for vein care, you can be certain that you will receive the highest level of competence and care when choosing a vein specialist that has been recognized as an IAC Accredited Vein Center. This “Vein Center” recognition is a consumer’s best friend when trying to decipher the variety of vein providers today. The achievement of Albert Vein Institute (AVI) as an IAC Accredited Vein Center is in addition to the certification that AVI has previously earned with our IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing.

The IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing means that AVI has the seal of approval from a reputable overseeing healthcare body for Ultrasound Interpretation and Testing. In order to receive the  “highest distinction” as an IAC Accredited Vein Center,  it is required for a vein clinic to also have the IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing.  The Vascular Testing Accreditation is just one of many benchmarks of competence that an IAC Accredited Vein Center has achieved in its care and expertise.  Albert Vein Institute (AVI) is

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September 7, 2017

The September/October 2017 issue of Colorado Springs Style magazine features its annual list of Top Docs, and Dr. Albert has been named among the region’s best. Here is the complete list of Colorado Springs doctors who received the recognition. Colorado Springs Style and El Paso County Medical Society asked local doctors, in a confidential peer-to-peer survey, who they would recommend should a friend or family member require medical care. “For the 6th year in a row, I am truly humbled to receive this recognition from my physician peers as one of Southern Colorado’s Top Doctors. I enjoy providing trusted evaluations and treatments for patients with serious and cosmetic varicose and spider vein problems.” With my sincerest thanks, Dr. Albert. Please click here to read the official list of Top Docs 2017.

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June 2, 2017

BRINGING THE DOCTOR AND A-TEAM STAFF TO YOU

Dr. James D. Albert is personally involved in the hiring of all medical staff at Albert Vein Institute (AVI), assuring that only medical staff of the highest caliber works alongside him in the treatment of varicose and spider veins.  As a Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Albert has the highest expectations for the medical staff assisting him in surgery and providing medical care to AVI patients. AVI patients can be confident that there is comprehensive medical consistency at our two Front Range locations in Denver and Colorado Springs. The medical A-Team travels between AVI’s two locations to ensure the patients receive uniform care of the highest quality, regardless of which office patients choose to visit. By passing Dr. Albert’s highest standards of credentials AND experience, our Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, and Registered Ultrasound Sonographers represent one of the distinctive hallmarks that differentiate AVI in the field of vein care providers across Colorado. Many of our medical support staff has worked alongside Dr. Albert at AVI for several years, some since the practice opened in 2006. In addition to the exception

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April 24, 2017

There are several complications associated with having diabetes with two in particular as it relates to vein disease: vascular complications and leg ulcerations.  You may have read that diabetes leads to vascular disease; however, vascular disease encompasses both the arterial and venous components.  When vascular complications arise from diabetes, they are arterial complications and DO NOT cause varicose veins.  These arterial complications can affect the legs, kidneys, and eyes. Foot and ankle ulcers are frequently associated with diabetes; however, these non-healing wounds could be caused from venous disease (varicose veins).  Many people with non-healing wounds are frequently tested for diabetes multiple times when they really should be seeing a vein specialist like Dr. Albert.  It’s been reported that venous stasis ulcerations cause up to 70% of all non-healing wounds.  If you have a non-healing wound, Albert Vein Institute may be able to help you. Please call 888-550-VEIN (8346) to schedule your initial consultation.  

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March 31, 2017

Unlike coronary artery or carotid artery disease, superficial venous insufficiency is not a silent killer. Patients without symptoms do not need to be screened for abnormal valves in their superficial veins as nothing harmful is going to occur urgently. You may have seen appeals from “Chain Vein” or other vein clinic physicians to come to their center for “vein screening” and identify patients who “do not know they have vein disease.” Patients with significant medically necessary vein disease have symptoms of aching, burning, itching, heaviness, ankle swelling, leg fatigue in association with varicose veins and large numbers of spider veins. This is why insurance providers do not authorize procedures for venous insufficiency in the absence of symptoms. Venous ultrasound is not indicated in patients without symptoms and patients should be seen by a qualified medical provider to determine if an ultrasound examination is appropriate (see blog about FREE VEIN SCREENING).

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April 6, 2017

For patients looking for vein care in Colorado today, for the record, there is no affiliation between Dr. Albert, Albert Vein Institute (AVI), and any vein practice that claims to be “Colorado’s largest network of vein clinics.”  Dr. Albert has practiced as COLORADO’S VEIN SPECIALIST for 11 years and counting after a prestigious career as a Cardiovascular Surgeon.  At AVI our focus is on quality of our vein care not quantity of vein clinic locations.  Dr. Albert is always your physician from your initial consultation throughout the duration of your care at either location in Denver and Colorado Springs.  AVI is proud of our accomplishment as Colorado’s only vein practice to receive the prominent IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) Accreditation for both Vein Center and Vascular Testing. Click here to read related information in our blogs:  AVI: Colorado’s First and Only IAC Accredited Vein Center Facility, Accredited Vein Center Provides Best Outcomes, and

March 22, 2017

  Receiving free vein evaluations and free ultrasounds sounds like a great idea. However, in the wrong circumstances you, the patient, could become entangled in an audit. Government-administered insurance plans like Medicare and Tricare do not allow physicians to provide complimentary services valued at greater than $15.00 that may influence a patient’s decision in where to seek care. According to the Office of The Inspector General, this act carries a fine of $10,000.00 per violation. Any non-billed (free) discussion with a physician or non-billed (free) ultrasound study, no matter how minor it may seem, is defined as a violation for Medicare and Tricare patients. Federal agencies have recently issued significant warnings to physicians with respect to this issue. Additionally, both Government healthcare plans and private insurance require a physician, not a registered nurse, to be the one ordering appropriate ultrasound studies. If you are a Medicare or Tricare patient who has received either a free physician evaluation or has had an ultrasound study ordered by a registered nurse, that physician’s office coul

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February 16, 2017

Phlebology is the specialty of medicine dedicated to the treatment of venous disease. Phlebologists are physicians who treat patients with venous disorders such as varicose and spider veins.  Essentially, all physicians who practice Phlebology have transitioned from another medical specialty. That is why most Phlebologists are double-board certified in their original specialty AND Phlebology.  ONLY physicians can sit for the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Board (ABVLM) exam.  This written exam provides no assurance that a provider is  proven to have the technical skills to perform venous procedures, rather simply documents basic academic knowledge. Nurses and Physicians Assistants are not Physicians and therefore are not Phlebologists. Beware of chain vein centers and other vein clinics that substitute physicians with nurses and physician assistants and market them as “Phlebologists.” Some vein clinics have gone further by associating these mid-level providers as physicians or doctors. These mid-level providers are qualified to assist in venous procedures but are NOT approved by Medicare to perform procedures independently. They are appropriately compensated at lower levels than Physicians.  The motivation for substituting physicians with mid-level providers is likely mot

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January 5, 2017

css3“Anyone can develop Deep Vein Thrombosis,” says James D. Albert, MD, Founder and Chief Physician of Albert Vein Institute. “Risk factors include any circumstance where decreased mobilization or traumatic injury occurs. Examples include general anesthesia and prolonged air or car travel. Surgical procedures, such as knee, hip or foot surgery, are also risk factors as they result in tissue injury and prolonged immobilization of the leg. Knee braces or ankle boots, used after surgery, are also frequently used after traumatic lower extremity injury that may not require surgery but need immobilization for healing. Post-surgical or posttraumatic pain from the aforementioned may mask the pain caused by the DVT, and braces or casts may visually obscure the leg swelling.” Dr. Albert says patients need to pay close attention in these situations, to watch for symptom changes and be ready to go in for an accurate venous ultrasound exam to determine the presence or absence of DVT.   Read Full Article Here:  http://www.coloradospringsstyle.com/November-December-2016/Deep-Vein-Thrombosis/

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