Most people think the dark blue and purples lines on their legs from varicose veins are simply an aesthetic issue, but the itching, aching, cramping and leg heaviness could be indicative of more serious illness. Thankfully, The Vein Institute at Upper East Side Cardiology, headed by Dr. Satjit Bhusri, specializes in the treating unsightly and painful varicose veins though simple procedures covered by most insurance.
Brought on by blood pooling in veins where valves have weakened, varicose veins affect roughly 20% of adults. We’re not just talking about seniors either — Dr. Bhusri says family history, being over weight and spending a lot of time on your feet are the biggest contributors to a person’s risk.
When patients come to UES Cardiology, Dr. Bhusri begins his treatment with a full vein-mapping scan of their legs, as well as a cardiovascular exam. If the patient is a candidate for varicose vein treatment, Dr. Bhusri will recommend one of four state-of-the-art procedures that will not only improve vascular health, but also boost the patient’s self-confidence.
The four treatments use different methods, but have the same outcome — your varicose veins will be closed off and the blood flow will be rerouted to healthy veins, clearing up those ugly spider webs on your legs.
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Not only can most patients return to their normal routine shortly after walking out of Upper East Side Cardiology’s East End Avenue office, but the minimally-invasive procedures Dr. Bhusri performs are covered by most insurance plans as well. It’s a win-win.
Here are the options:
- VenaSeal is a medical-grade adhesive that’s used to permanently close the varicose vein and turn it into scar tissue.
- ClosureFast uses radio frequency energy to create heat, forcing the varicose vein to collapse.
- VeinGogh uses microbursts of heat to seal varicose veins, eliminating the appearance of spider veins.
- The final option, Varithena, is an FDA-approved micro-foam that is injected into varicose veins, causing them to collapse.
“The recovery is the same for all four procedures,” says Dr. Bhusri, “It’s one needle, one injection, one Band-Aid and you’re up and walking out of the office.”
The New York Magazine Top Doctors-rated cardiologist’s bedside manner is second-to-none. Dr. Bhusri works hard to make the treatment and recovery experience easy on his patients because he was once in their shoes.
After suffering cardiac shock in 2015, Dr. Bhusri spent several weeks in intensive care, making the issue of patient experience a deeply personal one for the cardiologist.
“I know both sides of the equation,” Dr. Bhusri says, “this perspective allows me to have a unique relationship with my patients that’s focused not just on the outcome of the procedure, but what happens after as well.”