Vein Institute of Connecticut
Varicose Vein Treatments - Varicose Veins
Are you looking to rid yourself once and for all the discomfort and inconvenience associated with vein disease?
Now you can treat your varicose veins, spider veins and hemorrhoids without consequences of surgery.
Meet Dr. Alex Afshar
Alex Afshar MD, is the Medical Director & President of The Vein Institute of Connecticut.sr. Afshar is a board certified family practice physician. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease, which is performed in-office and involves minimal down time and pain and covered by insurance if symptomatic. Dr. Afshar has trained extensively in the field of Phlebology (specialty in vein medicine).
"I am committed to providing my patients with the most advanced, non-surgical office venous procedures available in a well established, safe and friendly environment. These procedures are currently being used throughout the United States and the world to help treat the most challenging of venous disorders".
Dr. Afshar''s education has involved residency training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons The Stamford Hospital, Stamford CT, Medical research at the National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute with a number of publications and acknowledgments, Medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, BS degrees and BS course work from George Washington University, Washington D.C. and Sheffield University, United Kingdom.
Dr. Afshar is fluent in English with a good working knowledge of Spanish and Latin and enjoys reading, motocross, wakeboarding and gardening.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
EndoVenous Laser Treatment (Ablation) is an exciting new technique that is replacing traditional vein stripping surgery. It requires only local anesthetic and enables patients to return to normal activity immediately - with no or minimal pain.
Radiofrequency Ablation (Venefit Procedure)
Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and their underlying cause, venous reflux. Similar to Endovenous Laser Treatment, Radiofrequency Ablation is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Under ultrasound guidance, a catheter is positioned into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency energy delivers controlled heat to the vein wall causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat both spider veins and certain types of varicose veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with an FDA-approved sclerosant that irritates the lining of the vein.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy or micro-phlebectomy is a treatment where the doctor uses tiny incisions to remove sections of varicose veins at the surface of the skin. This procedure gets rid of unsightly, bulging veins and the incisions heal with minimal scarring.
More than 10 million people in the U.S. suffer with symptoms of hemorrhoids. 3 out of 4 people will develop hemorrhoids at some time in their lives. While many people associate hemorrhoid relief with painful surgery, only a small percentage of patients actually require surgery.
Unsightly and embarrassing spider veins are the tiny relatives of varicose veins. Like varicose veins, spider veins are also caused by heredity, pregnancy, estrogen medications, prolonged standing or sitting, sedentary lifestyle, and injury to the legs.
Varicose veins are those superficial veins that have become enlarged and lost their ability to effectively carry blood back to the heart. Normal veins in the legs transport blood with the help of one-way valves.