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Dr. Albert Named Top Doctor in Vascular Surgery 2017 by Colorado Springs Style Magazine

September 7, 2017
Top Docs

Dr. James Albert Double Board Certified in Cardiovascular Surgery and Phlebology

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.

Posted in Blog, Featured by mcc mcc
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 exceptional medical team, AVI also has a first-rate administrative staff that handles all medical practice support and patient insurance needs. Unlike the model of a chain-vein clinic with multiple locations and a “call center”, you will be able to talk directly to our welcoming medical and administrative staff throughout your care and after-hours as directed. AVI is not a “clinic” but an accredited, independent medical practice that provides the highest standards of safety, expertise and care for patients with venous disease (varicose veins and spider veins). AVI is honored to be Colorado’s ONLY NATIONALLY ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission), and AVI is the only vein center in the state to have double accreditations from the IAC. Dr. Albert is always your practicing physician in Denver and Colorado Springs. It is his priority to ensure that only the finest staff work at AVI and that every patient receives the benefits from the care provided by our most reputable and experienced medical and administrative team.

Click here to meet the AVI staff

Posted in Blog, Featured by Eric Olson
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.

 

Posted in Blog, Featured by amccollough
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). Many people have minor valve leakage that can be identified by ultrasound but is not clinically relevant and they do not need vein procedures. At Albert Vein Institute we have seen patients who were asymptomatic but had vein procedures performed at other vein centers. Patients should beware of scenarios where they are lured into an office for vein screening and told that a venous ultrasound has determined that they have a problem they did not know about. They are then informed that Endovenous Ablation (closure) of their superficial veins needs to be performed. It should be noted that leg pain could come from many other issues than just venous disease. Patients should be comfortable they are seeing a physician with extensive experience who will appropriately evaluate their symptoms and provide a physical exam to accurately determine if ultrasound examination or treatment is indicated.

Posted in Blog, Featured by amccollough
April 6, 2017

Dr. James Albert
Double Board Certified in Cardiovascular Surgery and Phlebology

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 Not All Vein Centers Are Equal.

The Internet has brought great things to our lives but has generated confusion for patients on issues described above. Phlebology practice websites (varicose veins and spider veins care) are filled with appealing glossy pictures and excessive irrelevant information about their providers that has absolutely nothing to do with the skill, experience, and yes, ethics of the provider who may actually be performing the patient’s procedures. Patients should beware of the bait and switch. Patients may originally meet one physician with adequate procedural qualifications. Subsequently they may be placed in the hands of another physician whose primary training was non-procedural and more focused around diagnosing the flu. Even worse they may be left in the care of an unsupervised physician assistant. There is no vetting of information placed on medical websites and patients should “trust but verify” by obtaining second opinions.

Click here to read related information in our blogs: Only the Doctor can be a “Phlebologist and Consumer Protection: Do your Homework.

There are no accredited fellowship-training programs in the State of Colorado that have official approval by a national overseeing healthcare accreditation organization.  The only official “Phlebology Fellowship” is at New York University in New York City.

AVI has earned the prominent and credible description of Colorado’s Vein Specialist from our time-proven system of accurate diagnosis, utilization of best available therapies, and appropriate follow up protocols to prevent recurrence. Dr. Albert has incorporated the lessons learned from 25 years of his Cardiac Surgical practice into an efficient and detail-oriented team approach with his participation and leadership for patient care in both facilities At AVI we frequently evaluate and complete treatment for patients who have received inadequate care elsewhere. Even if you are dissatisfied with vein treatment from years ago, you are likely still able to have improvement and resolution of your issues with Dr. Albert as your physician.   If you have any concerns about the treatment proposed for you at another vein practice, Dr. Albert and the AVI team welcome you to visit us for a second opinion.  We will provide an honest assessment of the accuracy and appropriateness of what has been proposed for you.

Posted in Blog, Featured by amccollough
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 could be audited and the patient could be asked to testify. The same concerns exist with ordering of ultrasound studies by a registered nurse for all private insurance. Make sure your physician is in compliance with these issues, as what you receive for free may not end up being such a bargain.

Posted in Blog, Featured by amccollough
February 16, 2017

Dr. James Albert
Double Board Certified in Cardiovascular Surgery and Phlebology

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 motivated by financial savings and could never be about improving patient care. Patients looking for the highest level of medical/surgical experience and skill for the treatment of their venous disease should beware of these so-called “Fake Phlebologists.”

Posted in Blog, Vein Information by amccollough
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/

Posted in Blog by amccollough
December 7, 2016

When considering where to seek evaluation and treatment for Varicose and Spider veins, physician experience and background is what insures appropriate treatment with the best long-term results. Albert Vein Institute (AVI) is Colorado’s ONLY IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) Accredited “Vein Center”, with convenient locations in both Denver and Colorado Springs. Don’t be mislead by business-oriented “chain vein” facilities that promote their extensive number of facilities or business awards. In healthcare, larger is not always better. Making sure your actual provider has had advanced microsurgical training and extensive venous experience is critical to obtaining good results. In the “chain vein” model, the most experienced physicians can never be at nine or more locations simultaneously. Your treatment plan and potential procedures may be determined and performed by less experienced individuals.

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Albert Vein Institute (AVI) has achieved the VEIN CENTER Accreditation from IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission), which makes them the first and only facility in Colorado to obtain this distinguished recognition. Dr. James D. Albert, Double Board Certified in Cardiovascular Surgery for over 30 years and board certified Phlebologist for the last 10 years, will always determine your appropriate treatment plan and perform all endovenous ablation procedures if indicated. Look for board certifications in your medical providers that actually prepared the practice to perform venous procedures. Passing the board exam in Phlebology and Lymphatic Medicine is an academic achievement but declares nothing about procedural expertise. Put yourself first by doing your own research. It will help you to make the correct choice when looking for minimally invasive vein care.

Posted in Blog by amccollough
October 18, 2016

Being an “IAC Accredited Vein Center” means everything when searching for vein care among the many providers claiming to be vein specialists, some who are not even physicians. Lucky for today’s patients, varicose and spider veins are treated with minimally invasive procedures and usually in an outpatient setting. The important issue now is how to select the vein specialist or vein care practice that provides the highest level of medical/surgical training, background, experience, judgment and safety to perform these new minimally invasive procedures.

 

Dr. James D. Albert, Founder and Practicing Physician of Albert Vein Institute (AVI) in Colorado, has led AVI to become the State’s “First and Only” IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER. This medical milestone in providing minimally invasive vein care and treatments assures patients that AVI is among the finest and safest in the nation. This “Vein Center” Accreditation should give confidence to every patient that you will be taken care of by the “best of the best” physician and medical staff providing vein treatments today.

 

As you research vein care specialists on line, for instance, you will notice a variety of providers and medical practices and maybe even cosmetic spas performing vein care. You may see words like vein clinic, vein institute, vein center, vein chain with a call center, vein specialist, vein provider, hospital-based vein care and more. Note: some hospital-based vein providers are still using general anesthesia which is no longer viewed as on-the-forefront of today’s minimally invasive procedures. How do you possibly understand what all of these different terms mean when choosing a physician or vein care practice with the most credibility and surgical skill-set in providing the treatments for your varicose and spider veins? One answer is to look for a vein care practice that has earned the title of “Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER.”

 

The IAC recently created this national certification for today’s “Vein Centers.” There are about 100 IAC Accredited Vein Centers nationwide. The IAC states that it is “the most broad based accrediting body in the industry serving a wide-range of medical specialties.” They have done the homework for patients seeking vein treatments by rigorously evaluating a vein practice that has applied for this Vein Center distinction.  This recognition ensures that the IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER “meets benchmarks for quality based on resources, training and outcomes,” according to the IAC. It just doesn’t get any better than this recognition when a patient is seeking vein treatment among the different physicians and non-physicians providing minimally invasive vein procedures. This Commission, whose goal is demonstrating a vein practice’s commitment to quality patient care through accreditation, is one of healthcare’s most reputable overseeing organizations in the country. In addition, the IAC certifies many other medical specialities but the ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER is among their newest recognitions.  For the patient, this IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER is your guiding light for responsible, safe, on-the-forefront and outstanding vein care. The Commission bestowed this seal-of-approval to AVI only after a rigorous series of evaluations and visits. Here is where you need to be cautious.

 

There are several providers who use the phrase “vein center” or “vein clinic” but they are not officially an “Accredited Vein Center” unless it specifically says IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER.  Be wise when seeing the phrase “vein center” to understand what it does and doesn’t mean. Also, don’t be confused for the IAC has a certification that many vein providers have earned called the  “IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing.” This vascular testing certification is for the Ultrasound Testing and Interpretation components of a vein practice. It is only one important qualification that a vein practice needs to officially achieve recognition as an IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER.  AVI has the IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing.

 

There are other important qualifications to look for when researching the variety of vein care providers. First, make sure you find a vein specialist who is a Board Certified physician. Since today’s minimally invasive procedures are surgical, it is logical to look for a Board Certified Physician or Surgeon who has comprehensive experience with microsurgical skills. In addition to the important qualification of Physician Board Certification, you should find a Board Certified doctor who is Double Board Certified in Phlebology (the treatment of veins) as well. Be cautious about choosing a provider who claims to be a “Phlebologist.” That provider is not likely a physician since only physicians can take the Board Certification exam for Phlebology, given by the American Board of Lymphatic and Venous Medicine (ABLVM). Find a vein practice that is 100% devoted to the treatment of varicose and spider veins and has been in practice for a good amount of time with an emphasis on patient outcome. Find a vein practice that only offers venous care and no other medical services that may interfere with the physician’s time and single focus of providing vein care. In today’s healthcare environment, minimally invasive vein treatments involve enough time and dedication for an entire medical practice and physician to just be devoted and focused on these procedures and care. There are some vein care providers who have other medical responsibilities with a hospital or within their medical practice and are not exclusively treating varicose and spider vein patients. Many times a vein clinic will advertise under the name of a particular physician or group of physicians to attract patients to that vein practice when, in fact, that particular physician will not be involved directly in your vein treatments or evaluation or you will get the vein doctor of the moment throughout the duration of your care. The vein care providers that only perform minimally invasive vein care, have been providing this exclusive care for a long time, and have built a reputable vein treatment practice are the most experienced to understand all of the intricacies of successful vein care and procedures. They are the ones who are involved in minimally invasive care day in and day out. They are the experts for a reason. At AVI, Dr. Albert is your vein care physician at both Front Range locations. He is 100% devoted and focused on providing your venous disease care.

 

The highest trained and experienced Board Certified Vein Care Physician in your area should evaluate your varicose veins and spider veins. How do you know if your vein issues are cosmetic or medical? There are some cosmetic vein issues but let the appropriate vein specialist at an IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER evaluate you before you go through any varicose or spider vein treatments.  At this time, it is comforting to know that a reputable overseeing healthcare body has done the homework for you when choosing your vein care specialist by recognizing today’s vein practices with this ever so relevant and credible recognition as an IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER.

 

Dr. Albert is Colorado’s leading vein care specialist. He believes patients should understand how to make the best choice when choosing their vein care provider since there are many types of specialists and clinics performing various aspects of vein care.  Albert Vein Institute (AVI) has two convenient locations on the Front Range, in Denver and Colorado Springs. Dr. Albert has been a Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon for over 20 years and Board Certified Phlebologist for over ten years. As your physician at AVI, he brings the highest level of medical and surgical expertise to all vein patients.  He personally provides a complimentary consultation to all new patients before any testing or treatments are done. He will tell you what is the right course of care and treatment. He will also tell you if you do not need vein treatments. Dr. Albert performs all venous ablation procedures at AVI.  You can trust your vein care to Dr. James D. Albert.  AVI is a world-class vein care practice and the IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER is proof of this achievement. There is no one more qualified and experienced to provide your vein care in Colorado than Dr. Albert.

 

Learn more about the IAC Accredited Vein Center at

www.intersocietal.org/vein and AlbertVein.com

 

Posted in Blog by Dr. James D. Albert