Serving Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, and Monks Corner, Coastal Vascular & Vein Center is the only varicose vein treatment facility with Board-Certified Vascular Surgeons. Our Practice provides the highest quality of care for our patients and specializes in varicose vein and spider vein treatment. Varicose veins and spider veins aren"t always a cosmetic issue. Vein pain, leg weakness, and unsightly varicose veins can keep you from doing the things that you love.
Half of all adults over the age of 50 will develop varicose veins in their lifetime. Younger adults are affected, too. Unsightly, bulging varicose veins can be painful and damaging to one"s self esteem. With a variety of treatment options, Coastal Vascular & Vein Center getting rid of varicose veins has never been so easy. Because our Practice is committed to quality and convenience, we make sure that your insurance company will pay before we schedule your procedure. Trust your legs to Coastal Vascular & Vein Center and learn to love your legs again.
MEET OUR PHYSICIANS
Edward C. Morrison, M.D.
Edward C. Morrison, M.D. was born and raised in Charleston, SC. Dr. Morrison graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington-Lee University in Lexington, VA. He completed Medical School and General Surgery Residency at the University of South Carolina in Charleston. Following his General Surgery Residency, he attended a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Morrison is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery and is a member of the following organizations:
- American College of Phlebology
- The American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support Group
- Vascular Surgery Society
- The Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society
- Southeastern Surgical Society
- South Carolina Surgical Society
- The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery
- Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society
- The International Cardiovascular Society
- Roper St. Francis Xavier Society
- Charleston Medical Society.
Thomas C. Appleby, M.D.
Thomas C. Appleby, M.D. was born in South Carolina and is a “Native Charlestonian.” The son of a General Surgeon, he followed his father’s career path as a physician. Dr. Appleby graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He went to Medical School at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then attended a General Surgery Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio and received the Max Zinninger Award for Excellence in Surgery. While at the University of Cincinnati, he served as a Resident Representative in the Department of Surgery. Following his General Surgery Residency, he attended a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. Additionally, he is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery and he is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Appleby is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery. He is also a member of the following organizations:
- Cincinnati Graduate Surgical Society
- American College of Phlebology
- The H William Scott, Jr. Society
- Roper St. Francis Xavier Society and the Charleston County Medical Society.
Adam J. Keefer, M.D.
Adam J. Keefer, M.D. was born and raised in Rochester, New York. Dr. Keefer attended Pennsylvania State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He went to Medical School at the University of Rochester Medical School in New York. Dr. Keefer completed his General Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical School as well.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery and is certified to read diagnostic vascular studies by the National Organization of Diagnostic Ultrasound (ARDMS).
A Fellow in the American College of Surgery, he is also a member of the following organizations:
- The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery
- The Society for Vascular Surgery
- The Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society
- The American College of Surgeons
- Charleston Medical Society
- South Carolina Medical Association
- South Carolina Vascular Surgical Society
- Eastern Surgical Society
Dr. Keefer is published and recognized for his research in numerous publications including The Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Brandy Price, PA-C
Brandy Englert Price has been a member of the Coastal Vascular & Vein Center team since 2008. After earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Brandy attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where she earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assitant Studies in 2008. Before going to graduate school, she worked as a Mental Health Counselor for S.T.E.P.S. in San Diego, CA. In addition to her tenure at Coastal Vascular & Vein Center, she has experience in Urgent Care and General Surgery having worked at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Doctors Care in Mount Pleasant, SC. Brandy is a member of the National Commision on Certification of Physician Assitants.
Jessica Chepa, FNP-BC
Jessica Chepa joined Coastal Vascular & Vein Center in 2012. She is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina where she received her Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus in family practice. She is Board-Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to joining the Practice she was a Registered Nurse on a post-cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery unit. She is a member of the South Carolina Nurses Association and the Lowcountry Advanced Practice Nurses Association.
Compression Stocking Therapy
The first and most conservative treatment that any patient with venous reflux must undergo is compression stocking therapy. Prescription-grade compression stockings are available at our office clinic for patients that suffer from leg pain, skin ulcers, varicose vains, spider veins, or swollen legs. These special stockings compress the legs in a uniform manner which allows blood to properly flow through the deep veins. The difference between prescription-grade compression stockings and stockings that are available for purchase at retail stores is significant. Prescription-grade stockings provide a much higher level of compression than their store-bought counterparts. These specialty stockings also provide much more uniform compression. This is essential in order to correct improper blood flow. Wearing these stockings for a period of months may help reduce the symptoms associated with venous reflux. For most patients, compression stocking thereapy is too cumbersome to continue or the results aren"t meeting their expectations. The next option is a fast, permanent, and nearly pain-free procedure called Endovenous RFA. Scroll down to learn more.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is considered a modern marvel in the world of vein disorder treatment. Prior to this incredible innovation, treating problem veins involved major surgery and an extended recovery. Commonly known as "vein stripping", a long incision was made down the length of the leg in order to surgically remove the deep, diseased veins. A long, painful recovery from this surgery discouraged many people from seeking any treatment at all. Even today, there is widespread misconception regarding varicose vein treatment among patients and medical providers alike! The fact is that, today, varicose veins can be treated in less than an hour. Recovery from this treatment is about a day and the results are permanent.
Endovenus RFA involves the closure of the diseased veins deep within the leg. A small catheter is inserted into the problem vein using ultrasound guidance. Radio waves are then broadcast from the tip of the catheter. This, in turn, gently and uniformly heats the collagen that makes-up the vein wall causing the vein to collapse onto itself. Patients rarely feel anything beyond the small pin-prick during the initial IV access. The body then redirects blood through healthier veins in the leg. With blood properly flowing through healthy veins, varicose veins, spider vains, swelling, ulcers, and leg pain disappear. A day"s rest is all the recovery that is needed before returing to normal activities.
At Coastal Vascular & Vein Center, we are able to diagnose, treat, and follow-up with our vein patients all under the same roof. Our spa-like vein treatment rooms provide for a relaxed, comfortable environment for this amazing, in-office procedure. Before we even schedule a vein procedure, our staff will ensure that the insurance company agrees to pay. We do all of the pre-certification work for you as part of our commitment to quality and convenience. Relief has never been this easy! Contact Us for pricing information and to schedule your vein screening today.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment option for smaller problem veins that are close to the surface of the skin. These veins are injected with medication that causes them to dissolve. Usually suggested as a treatment option for spider veins or vessel malformations, sclerotherapy can be used on small varicose veins as well. The procedure involves nothing more than a few, tiny needle-sticks in order to administer the correct amount of medicine needed to dissolve the problem veins. Pain is minimal and the very short recovery is subject to the number of veins that were treated. Contact Us for pricing information and to schedule your sclerotherapy appointment today.
Microphlebectomy is a procedure that was developed to treat small varicose veins that are considered too large for sclerotherapy treatment. Also known as "stab phlebectomy", microphlebectomy involves a series of tiny punctures to remove the problem veins. Local anesthesia is used to numb the skin around the treatment area. Pain is minimal and the very short recovery is subject to the number of veins that were treated. Contact Us for pricing information and to schedule your microphlebectomy appointment today.