Mountain Vein Care is a specialty medical practice whose mission is to diagnose and treat patients with lower extremity venous disease. Our practice focuses exclusively on treating varicose veins.
In our office, all treatments are done with only local anesthesia in the leg. Patients do not require sedation. In fact, we encourage our patients to resume normal activities immediately after any procedure. There is no downtime associated with any treatment!
Mountain Vein Care was founded by Dr. Carl Dando, Medical Director, who has practiced vein medicine exclusively since 2006. He has successfully performed over 10,000 laser vein surgeries and 15,000 sclerotherapy sessions. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Dando's background as a board-certified Internist allows him to provide exceptional diagnostic capabilities to his patients. Having previously practiced primary care medicine for over fifteen years, he brings a personal, patient-centered emphasis to the practice.
What are the typical symptoms of venous disease?
Typical symptoms include pain, heaviness, aching, and cramping in the legs. Swelling or edema is also common. In some patients, vein problems may also be associated with restless leg symptoms. You do not have to have all of these symptoms in order to have a vein problem, however.
How are vein problems diagnosed?
Vein problems are diagnosed by the presence of symptoms suggesting venous disease coupled with confirmation by an ultrasound exam of the legs. Both symptoms AND confirmatory ultrasound findings are necessary— some patients are found to have abnormal veins on ultrasound exam but their symptoms are not consistent with venous disease. Dr. Dando's background as a diagnostic Internal Medicine specialist helps to determine whether your symptoms are due to a venous problem or some other issue.
How do varicose veins form?
Normally functioning veins return blood back to the heart and lungs. In your legs, the contraction of the calf muscle propels venous blood back up the leg. There are a series of one-way valves within the veins that prevent the backward flow of blood with gravity. With varicose veins, there is weakening of the vein wall and dilatation of the vein. This causes the valves to malfunction and they are unable to close tightly to prevent backward movement of the blood. As a result, blood pools in the legs and results in the symptoms listed above.
How do you know if you need vein treatment?
While some patients may present with large, bulging veins, most patients we treat do not show these visible signs of vein disease. Rather, they present with SYMPTOMS of venous disease— leg cramps, pain, heaviness, swelling, or restless legs. Patients with any of these symptoms are encouraged to schedule an appointment with us to determine if their symptoms are due to venous disease.