Phoenix Valley Vein Specialist
What is Venous Reflux?
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Why Elite Vein Clinic?
Serious Complication if Left Untreated
While many patients are understandably concerned by their appearance, if symptomatic varicose veins are left untreated they can lead to more serious complications including:
- Infections: Venous diseases can also cause leg ulcers. An ulcer is a break in the skin, which is dangerous due to exposure to bacteria and infection.
- Pain: Varicose veins affect the flow of blood through the veins, oxygen that is carried through the blood does not reach the proper areas, leading to muscle cramps & pain near the site of the vein.
- Bleeding: Since varicose veins are usually inflamed, they often press up against the skin, leaving them more susceptible to cuts.
- Swelling: When blood isn’t pumping out of the legs properly due to damaged valves within the vein walls, blood begins to collect.
- Blood Clots: Should a clot detach and enter the bloodstream, it can lead to life-threatening conditions such as thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis.
Although varicose veins can lead to a number of more serious complications, the good news is they’re easily treatable. However, it’s important to seek treatment immediately in order to minimize the associated risks.
Don’t wait! Seek treatments while still early.
Meet Our Experts – Highly Trained Specialists
Dr. Nima Azarbehi, DO
Dr. Nima Azarbehi, a certified phlebologist, is the driving force behind Elite Vein Clinic. With a mission to eliminate leg pain and discomfort, Dr. Azarbehi has successfully performed over 1000 procedures, showcasing his expertise in diverse medical fields from dermatology to intensive care management. His extensive experience includes handling complex chronic conditions, urgent care, and aesthetic procedures. At Elite Vein Clinic, we're committed to identifying and treating varicose or spider veins, ensuring your comfort and confidence.
Stephanie Morgando, MSN, FNP-BC
After graduating with honors from Georgetown University in 2013, Stephanie worked alongside Mayo Clinic-trained Interventionalists, gaining expertise in vascular care. With a decade of experience, she has treated numerous patients for venous disease, performing procedures like ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy and venous ablations. Stephanie is dedicated to providing compassionate evidence-based care, witnessing improved quality of life in patients with venous insufficiency.
Olga Matatova, PA-C
Fluent in both Russian and English, Olga Matatova PA-C is a dedicated healthcare provider with a diverse medical background. She holds a degree in Psychology from ASU and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from AT Stills University. Her expertise spans family practice, urgent care, pain management in spine and sports medicine, and vein disease. Passionate about patient health and wellness, Olga is committed to making a difference in her patients' lives.
Kavita Saggar, PA-C
With over 20 years in the medical field, Kavita Saggar brings extensive experience to her role as a Physician Assistant. A USC Physician Assistant Program graduate, she has dedicated her career to patient care and health improvement. Besides her professional life, Kavita is an advocate for wellness, even co-founding a children's mindfulness brand with her daughters.
Sabrina Durazo, RVS
Sabrina Durazo, a dedicated Vascular Ultrasound Technologist, has been specializing in vascular care since 2017. An alumni of the Arizona Heart Foundation School of Ultrasound, she joined Elite Vein Clinic with a mission to enhance the quality of life for patients with chronic venous insufficiency. Committed to delivering top-notch medical care, Sabrina finds satisfaction in overseeing patients' pre-op and post-op care.
Jessica Moody, a registered nurse since 2010, specializes in aesthetics and has been offering expert care in this field since 2017. With hundreds of successful spider vein treatments under her belt, she is proficient in sclerotherapy and thermolysis, catering to delicate surface veins typically resistant to sclerotherapy.
Most frequent questions and answers
In your leg, you have two sets of veins. They are called deep veins and superficial veins.
Deep veins are in the deeper part of the leg where the muscles are, and superficial veins are right under the skin.
In a normal person, the blood would circulate from the feet towards the heart in both sets of veins.
When someone has a venous insufficiency the blood will actually go up the deep veins and then go backwards into the superficial vein.
The blood will start pooling in the superficial veins.
Since the superficial veins are closest to the skin, they will start to bulge and create varicose veins. They are often bluish or purple in color.
Spider Veins are essentially a smaller version of varicose veins. They are red, purple, and blue vessels that are also twisted and turning. They are most often seen on the legs, chest, or face.
No. Varicose veins can occur deeper in the leg, where one can’t see them. Varicose veins are classified under the spectrum of venous insufficiency disease.
Venous insufficiency disease causes leg discomfort, swelling of the ankles and leg, itching, and weariness. Other signs and symptoms may be prickling, cramping, aching, and heaviness of the lower limbs after prolonged standing.
Keep an eye out for these symptoms besides simply visible veins.
Progression of varicose veins can be dangerous as they may later become venous ulcerations. When left without treatment, complications may ensure including rashes, infections, bleeding, sores, and blood clots.
In rare cases, varicose veins can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening.
1) Consult – We first start you with a consultation where you will be listened to and encounter a friendly staff that will make sure you get the best care. That care will come from Dr. Nima Azarbehi and his expertly trained team, and will include a provider and an ultrasonographer on the first visit.
2) Ultra Sound – After the consult, we move on to the assessment where we provide you an accurate diagnosis. You will get the same day ultrasound and results on site while you see the provider. This will get you back to life as swiftly as possible.
3) Treatment Plan – After we conclude our assessment, we will provide you with a treatment plan.
There are many different options such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA), sclerotherapy, pneumatic compression, and more. We will ensure that you get the perfect customized treatment based on your needs and outcome goals.
Learn more by visiting “Our Process” page or by clicking here.