VeinSolutions takes an innovative approach to vein care. Staffed by board-certified vascular surgeons, our physicians are dedicated to using the latest technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases.
The office concept is new. VeinSolutions is one of the first facilities in the Northern Suburban Boston area dedicated solely to the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and vascular birthmarks located on the face, trunk and legs. We’ve set things up with you in mind. Convenient location. Comfortable environment. Staffed by a pleasant team of knowledgeable professionals.
Our extensive knowledge, experience and dedication to both cosmetic and therapeutic vein care are time honored. VeinSolutions has solidified its commitment to the community with advanced state-of-the-art medical services. Our physicians are specifically educated and trained to assess, diagnose, educate and treat patients with venous disease.
Julianne Stoughton, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Stoughton, from Boston, attended Dartmouth and Brown University Medical School, and completed her General Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Rochester. She is Board Certified in both General and Vascular Surgery. She currently runs the Vein Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and works in her private VeinSolutions office as well.
Dr Stoughton has been speaker, moderator, or course director for many national meetings, including: the Harvard Vascular Surgery Venous Course, the American Venous Forum, American College of Phlebology, American College of Surgeons, the Society of Vascular Surgery, Eastern Vascular Surgical, Society of Vascular Ultrasonographers, New England Society of Vascular Surgery, the “In-Vein” meetings, and others.
In addition to writing several textbook chapters on venous disease, she has also written and published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. She participates in the training of residents, fellows and attending physicians across the country.
She is currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She currently sits on many committees, and has been elected to the Executive Boards of the American College of Phlebology, the American Venous Forum, and the New England Society of Vascular Surgery. She will be the Chair of the 2012 ACP Program! Planning Committee.
Nancy L. Cantelmo, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Cantelmo joined the VeinSolutions practice in the Boston area in 2003. She completed her undergraduate degree at Barnard College and medical education at New York Medical College. Boston University and University of Massachusetts Medical Center are the sites of her surgical residency and she completed her vascular fellowship at Boston University. She is certified and recertified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Cantelmo has clinical privileges Winchester Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston VA Medical Center. She is currently an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cantelmo was the first woman surgeon in the New England Society of Vascular Surgeons and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of Vascular Surgeons, a member of the American Venous Forum and the American College of Phlebology
Judy Giordano, Medical Aesthetician
Ms. Giordano is a licensed aesthetician and graduate of Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics. She has been a leader in the cosmetic industry for over 20 years. She has worked with some of Boston’s leading Plastic Surgeons and consultant for many of the top wellness centers in the greater Boston area.
Trained and certified in Laser, IPL/Photofacials, Advanced Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion, she is a specialist with extensive experience in Age-Management Treatments.
Judy enjoys customizing skin care programs for her clients and educating them on combining good home care products with professional treatments.
Deborah A. Sanford, R.N., R.V.T.
Deborah is a registered Nurse and registered Vascular Technologist. She achieved this credential by passing the national registry exam given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The ARDMS promotes quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals. Deborah has been Technical Director of our Accredited Vascular Laboratory since 2002. She brings over 20 years of experience to our vascular practice and is now dedicated to venous diagnostic ultrasound.
Deborah is a member of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound, a national society dedicated to the advancement of noninvasive vascular technology used in the diagnosis of vascular disease through education programs, publications and certification. She is also a member of the local chapter of Greater Boston Vascular Technologist.
Our laboratory is accredited through the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICVAL). ICVAL provides a voluntary method of which vascular labs are held accountable to provide high quality care to their patients.
Robert H. Gilman MD DMD
Robert H. Gilman MD DMD is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hobart College, Geneva New York. He received both his Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from Boston University. He did his residency training in General Surgery in the Boston University Affiliated Hospitals program. His residency in Head and Neck Surgery was in Boston University/Tufts University combined program. His residency in Plastic Surgery was done at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr Gilman is board certified in both Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is an instructor in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Training program at MGH.
Dr Gilman is a member of multiple national and regional societies including The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, The Massachusetts Society of Plastic, The Reed 0 Dingman Plastic Surgical Society and The Double Boarded Society. Dr. Gilman is a team leader on humanitarian missions for “Healing The Children, Northeast” and “The Smile Train” repairing cleft lips and palates and other birth defects. Dr Gilman founded Plastic Surgery Specialist Inc in 1982. He has a particular interest in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery and has a broad experience in general plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr Mark Ballentyne
Dr Mark Ballentyne, a highly skilled physician who served as Family Practice Chief Resident in the final year of his residency at the University of Wisconsin, has practiced a broad range of medicine with a focus on Internal Medicine, for 15 years. He is board certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians and has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003.
Dr. Ballentyne has established a strong reputation for his talent in performing the Lip Augmentation procedure and facial rejuvenation with Botox Cosmetic injections and dermal fillers. As a result of his exceptional technical skill, extensive experience and eye for superior results, Allergan, maker of some of the world’s most popular dermal fillers, has chosen him as a national trainer, demonstrating to other physicians various methods of cosmetic injection.
Desiring to offer his patients the latest and safest treatments, Dr Ballentyne regularly attends various academic conferences, where he meets with other doctors to explore and discuss advances and innovations in aesthetic medicine. The one trait that sets him apart from other physicians is his ability to listen carefully to his patients. The attention he focuses on his patients’ goals and needs allows him to provide them with the highest possible quality of care.
Venous Duplex Imaging
Duplex scanning of veins utilizes ultrasound to visualize a vein to determine the exact anatomy, direction of blood flow within a vein and to assess for abnormal valves. With this improved ultrasound technology the physician is better able to diagnose underlying problems and prescribe a treatment plan tailored to a patient’s individual needs. This is important to achieve the best long-term cosmetic and therapeutic results. The registered vascular technologists have been specifically trained by our vascular surgeons. The test is non-invasive, no preparation is needed and it takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Venous duplex scanning is typically a covered expense by most insurance companies.
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment used to eliminate "spider" veins and small to medium-size varicose veins. A solution is injected into the problem vein with a very fine needle. The vein wall becomes irritated. Subsequent application of external compression with dressings and prescription-gradient compression hose seals the vein wall together. The body breaks down the damaged vein and absorbs it, ultimately eliminating the problem vein. No pre-treatment patient preparation is needed and most patients describe minimal discomfort. After treatment patients resume normal activities, but are asked to avoid prolonged sitting and standing for 3 days and heavy exercise (weight lifting, running and high impact aerobics) for two weeks. Walking is encouraged after the treatments. Prescription-gradient compression hose are worn for 9 days after each treatment.
Laser / Light Therapy
VeinSolutions currently utilizes the PhotoDerm VL® light source. PhotoDerm VL® light source is a technology used for the treatment of "spider" veins, facial flushing and vascular birthmarks. The light source is not a laser and involves no needles or incisions. This improved technology is effective in eliminating problem vascular lesions without damaging the surrounding skin.
PhotoDerm VL® may be an appropriate option for treatment of "spider" veins involving the face, trunk and legs and vascular birthmarks such as hemangiomas and port-wine stains. PhotoDerm is most effective when treating people with a "fair" complexion. Successful treatment of facial lesions may be accomplished with as little as one treatment but usually requires two to three treatments. Leg veins usually require multiple treatments. The number of treatments needed to successfully treat vascular birthmarks varies depending on their size and density but usually requires multiple treatments.
The treatment is tolerated by most people with minimal discomfort. Moderate to significant redness and swelling of the area treated is expected and usually resolves in 3 to 10 days depending on the amount of swelling and redness. Patient preparation requires the area being treated be without sun exposure or the use of sunless tanning products for four weeks before and after each treatment. Make-up may be applied after facial redness and swelling has subsided. Prescription-gradient compression hose may be necessary for 48 hours after treatment of leg veins.
Minimally Invasive Treatment
Minimally invasive vein surgery is the treatment of choice for larger varicose veins to achieve both the desired cosmetic results and to relieve symptoms such as aching, swelling and pain caused by leg varicosities. Our vascular surgeons are experienced and skilled with venous anatomy and strive to constantly update their surgical expertise. Today's surgical techniques for varicose veins require minimal incisions and are performed on an outpatient basis with average recovery time of one week or less. Meticulous effort is made to achieve optimal cosmetic and therapeutic results.
Radio Frequency Venous Closure
A new form of less invasive closure of the main veins in the leg. This procedure involves placement of a catheter and heating the vein from the inside to close and stop blood flow. It can be done with local anesthesia and can avoid making incisions in the leg.
The VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System provides a superior solution for the treatment of fine telangiectasia, spider veins and small angiomas, especially recalcitrant vessels, that have shown resistance to sclerotherapy, laser or IPL treatment. VeinGogh is the fast, easy way to reliably treat these and other cosmetically unacceptable conditions, often with less discomfort compared to older thereapies.
While lasers and other light-based solutions are expensive, skin-type dependent and have an inherent risk of injury, VeinGogh uses a hair-thin insulated probe to thermocoagulate and instantly eliminate vessels dependably, repeatably, on any skin-type and on any part of the body.