Steven Allen, D.O.

Vein Specialist/Endovascular Surgery

Patient Information

Do you experience any of the below symptoms?

  • Heaviness
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Cramping
  • Muscle fatigue

If you said yes to any of these, you may be one of the 80 million Americans suffering from venous disease.

Please fill out the following questionnaire to assist us in your diagnosis.

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Are your legs heavy, tight, tired, dull or achy?

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Do you have swelling in the legs and/or ankles?

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Do you have skin, just above the ankle, that is brownish-red or discolored? Does it feel leathery, hard, or itchy?

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Have you ever had a thrombosis or blood clot in your legs?

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Have you ever worn, or been advised to wear, compression stockings?

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If yes, was it a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Do you have bulging varicose veins and/or spider veins?

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Have you ever had vein stripping or vein treatment?

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Do you know of anyone in your family that has bulging varicose veins?

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PHASES OF TREATMENT FOR VARICOSE AND SPIDER VEINS

Phases of TreatmentComplimentary Consultation (Optional):

Varicose and Spider veins are not just a cosmetic issue and could be a sign or symptom of an underlying medical condition. Our complementary consultations allow you the opportunity to come in and visit with our experts about any venous issues you may be experiencing. Our highly trained medical assistants will begin the preliminary steps in assessing your vein condition; educate you on the signs and symptoms of venous reflux (VR) and venous insufficiency (VI), risk factors for VR and VI, and the treatments that are available. You will then meet with our physician, Dr. Steven Allen.

Initial Evaluation:

During your initial evaluation, your legs will be examined and the extent of your varicose veins will be assessed. If necessary, an ultrasound exam may be recommended to determine which veins are causing your symptoms, and if underlying larger veins are involved. Approx. 20 minutes.

Venous Ultrasound:

During this in-depth ultrasound, the sonographer will examine and map out the veins in your legs, noting any abnormal or diseased veins. Having a complete venous ultrasound is an important step in determining the cause of your varicose veins and will assist your physician in recommendations for care. Your insurance company will also want this report for authorization of any further treatment. Approx. 45 minutes (per leg).

Treatment Plan:

During this visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss the results of your ultrasound exam with your physician. Then you will discuss the treatment options, including the risks and benefits of each recommended treatment. You can also schedule subsequent treatment(s) at this visit. Approx. 20 minutes.

Treatment:

Your physician will initially try methods that do not involve surgery to relieve your symptoms. These may include counseling (diet, smoking, exercise, etc.) and the use of compression stockings. If your varicose veins do not respond to this conservative therapy, additional treatment may be required.

Fortunately, new minimally invasive techniques such as Venefit, Clarivein, Varithena Foam, and Microphlebectomy now allow effective treatment of varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring, minimal postoperative pain, and nearly immediate relief from your symptoms.

FAQ Section

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Spider Veins?

These appear as red, purple, and/or blue “spider’s legs,” and are small, dilated vessels caused by the pooling of blood close to the surface of the skin. They often appear alongside slightly larger blue or green reticular veins, it is believed that spider veins are caused by the same problems that cause varicose veins and other venous abnormalities.

Spider veins can occur either with or without venous insufficiency. On their own and without any other concurrent problems, spider veins are cosmetic issues that can be successfully treated with sclerotherapy. However, when other insufficiency exists, this treatment is unlikely to be effective without the underlying cause being resolved.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins afflict 10% to 20% of all adults but serve no useful purpose in the body. They are swollen, twisted, blue veins that are close to the surface of the skin. The valves in them are damaged and they hold more blood at higher pressure than normal veins. This increased pressure forces fluid into the surrounding tissue, making the affected leg swell, possibly discolored and feel heavy.

Unsightly and uncomfortable, varicose veins may promote swelling of the ankles and feet and itching of the skin. They may occur in almost any part of the body, but are most often seen in the back of the calf or on the inside of the leg between the groin and the ankle. If left untreated, these signs are likely to increase in severity, with some eventually leading to venous ulceration.

Varicose veins appear on the skin as twisted and ropey and are red or blue in color, but can also be concealed farther beneath the skin’s surface. These veins are caused by faulty valves in the vessels that begin to leak, resulting in the inability to properly pump blood to the heart.

The pooling of this blood expands these veins, causing their thick and corded appearance. Cosmetic difficulties aside, varicose veins can also cause burning, itching, swelling, pain, throbbing, and other discomfort that will increase in its severity over time. The longer this condition is left untreated, the greater the likelihood of more serious venous problems.

Varicose Veins are usually caused by venous insufficiency which may be genetic or can be worsened by other factors, such as: age, gender, family history, heavy lifting, multiple pregnancies, obesity and/or a standing profession.
The normal function of leg veins - both the deep veins in the leg and the superficial veins, which feed them - is to carry blood back to the heart. During walking, for instance, the calf muscle acts as a pump, contracting veins and forcing blood back to the heart.
To prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction, veins have numerous valves. If the valves fail (a cause of venous reflux), blood flows back into superficial veins and back down the leg. This results in these veins enlarging and becoming varicose. The process is like blowing air into a balloon without letting the air flow out again- the balloon swells.
To succeed, treatment must stop this reversal of flow at the highest site of valve failure. In the legs, veins close to the surface of the skin drain into larger veins; such as the greater saphenous vein, which courses up to the groin. Damaged valves in the greater saphenous vein are often the cause of reversed blood flow back down to the ankle.
Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms of varicose veins: pain, throbbing, burning, itching, aching, cramping, swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and ulcers.

Testimonials

Mike S.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Microphlebectomy

The staff is very accommodating, professional and thorough. Everything is explained in detail with all options for treatment covered. The atmosphere is very relaxed and welcome – there are never any feelings of apprehension.

Going in, I never realized how much of an effect, reflux could have on how well my legs felt. Since treatment, I feel like I’ve gotten 20 years back on my legs. No more pain or discomfort. I never knew how good my legs could feel!

Absolutely a must! You never know how good you can feel or the benefit for your overall health until you’ve had a consultation. I went in for a consultation on the advice of my wife. I thought I’d be out in 10 minutes – and three treatments later I’m overjoyed at how good my legs feel. They’re no longer tired and achy, and I also know that I’ve done something to improve my overall health.

John K., Philadelphia

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

The entire staff is well-versed with all of the medical questions and procedures. Everything was explained with great detail.

Cosmetically, the varicose veins are gone. The real benefit is that the pain and itching are gone. My legs also aren’t as sensitive to the touch as they were in the past.

I would say that they have nothing to worry about. Dr. Allen and his staff will tell you like it is and get you back to living without any pain.

Russell A., Philadelphia

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Microphlebectomy

I have been debating whether or not to have my varicose veins looked at for 5 years. After meeting with Dr. Allen and his staff, I decided to pursue the removal of my varicose veins – and what a good decision it was.

Some described my veins as a “hot mess” or a “bowl of spaghetti”, however the Microphlebectomy was quick and relatively painless. From the initial ultrasound to the final procedure I was kept aware of the process. I was walking the same day and back to playing golf in a couple days.

I should have had this procedure performed earlier because my legs looked 100% better, and the swelling, cramping and ugliness were gone. Even my younger daughter noticed the difference.

I would recommend anyone who has varicose veins to schedule a consultation and inquire on the options available. Thanks again to Dr. Steve Allen and his staff at The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy in Huntingdon Valley!

Zalma A.

Left Great Saphenous Vein Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Dr. Allen was very nice and explained the procedure and what I could expect from the experience, during and after. The staff is very nice and knowledgeable.

My pain is no longer there. I don’t see any varicose veins anymore. I am 24 years old, and varicose veins looked really bad. I thought only older people got them, but now I know it’s not an age thing – but a vein and circulation problem.

I would recommend CAVT to anyone that has discomfort or varicose veins. There is no reason to wait – you’ll feel better and feel better about yourself. You can wear dresses without thinking that someone is looking at your veins because they pop so much.

Cathleen F., Huntingdon Valley

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

From my initial consultation, I knew that if any procedure was necessary I would be in good hands. Dr. Allen was very clear and detailed at explaining things with the venous disease.

It’s only been a week since my last visit and my legs are already feeling better and the aching has diminished considerably. I am anxious to see how great I’ll feel in about six weeks!

Theresa J., Levittown

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), and US Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

The staff was very nice and accommodating from the time I entered, to the time I left. After having the treatment, my legs feel so much better and do not feel as tired at the end of the day.

I would gladly recommend these services to anyone having discomfort in their legs or experiencing varicose veins. I received fantastic treatment in regards to my problems and all my issues with my veins were resolved.

Accepted Insurances

The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy recommends that prior to the patient’s appointment, they contact their insurance carrier to verify the requirements and benefits of their plan. Our office handles all of the pre-authorizations for the procedures we offer in our facility. You will be notified if your procedure is not covered by your insurance plan. The procedure will be billed to your insurance company, but patients are held responsible for paying their co-pay at their initial appointment.

As a courtesy to our patients, we now carry compression stockings in our office. Many insurance companies require stockings to be worn prior to having a procedure. Our team is happy to measure you for the stockings when you come in for your consultation with Dr. Steven Allen. Our charge for the stockings is $70.00 which will be collected upon receiving your stockings. If you wish to submit the cost of the stockings to your insurance company, it will be your responsibility to do so.


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