Frequently Asked Questions about Vein Treatments

Your initial consultation should take about 30-45 minutes. During your appointment you will meet with one of our physicians (Dr. Fox, Dr. Hardee, or Dr. Valenson) and they will discuss your current symptoms and health history with you. At this point, Dr. Fox, Dr. Hardee, or Dr. Valenson will determine if you require a diagnostic ultrasound of your legs.

The ultrasound appointment takes about an hour. One of our registered vascular technologists (RVT) will be performing the ultrasound exam. Dr. Fox, Dr. Hardee, or Dr. Valenson will discuss your results after the ultrasound is completed.

Yes, you will see Dr. Fox if your appointment is at the Houston office and Dr. Hardee at the Katy office. Dr. Valenson is also now accepting patients at our Webster office.

Please bring your insurance cards and your driver’s license. It is also helpful if you bring a list of your current medications, previous records and tests (if applicable).

There are no major preparations for the ultrasound. We recommend to drink plenty of fluids the night before the appointment. There are no restrictions prior to your appointment. You can continue to take your prescribed medications and you can eat and drink before the appointment.

We accept most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Please call the office at 713-575-3686 with your insurance information and we will be happy to to see if your insurance plan covers vein treatments.

Dr. Hardee has practiced radiology and interventional radiology in the Houston area for 13 years. Dr. Hardee graduated with honors from Louisiana State University and Baylor College of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency in radiology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, and was elected chief resident. After proudly completing his nine years of service as an officer in the United States Navy, Dr. Hardee received fellowship training in vascular and interventional radiology at the Dotter Interventional Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Dr. Fox earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After graduation, Dr. Fox relocated to Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Fox completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the prestigious Medical College of Virginia. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Fox was invited to join the faculty at the Medical College of Virginia as an assistant professor and director of resident and fellow education in the department of vascular and interventional radiology. During his tenure, Dr. Fox completed thousands of endovascular procedures with a concentration on advanced techniques in the treatment of arterial disease, uterine fibroid embolization, and venous insufficiency. He also cared for patients at VCU Vein Care, and served as one of the co-founders of the Baird Vascular Institute.

Dr. Valenson graduated with Honors from the University of Houston, before going to Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Here Dr. Valenson proudly did extensive amounts of volunteer work with under-served communities, as well as cancer and orthopedic research. He then completed surgical internship at Cook County Hospital and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, before returning to Yale to complete residency training in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Valenson then returned to Chicago to receive advanced fellowship training in Interventional Radiology at Rush University Medical Center.

Vascular interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use ultrasound, X-rays, MRI, CT scans and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in a vein or an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain, and less recovery time compared to open surgery.

We offer medical grade (20-30mmHg) knee high and thigh compression stockings at our offices. Our clinical staff with measure your legs to ensure a custom fit for the compression stockings.

Most insurance plans do not require a referral to schedule a consultation. There are some insurance plans (mainly HMO) that require a referral from your primary care physician. Please call the office at 713-575-3686 to schedule your consultation and we will be able to help you.

Healthy leg veins have valves that keep blood flowing to the heart. Venous reflux disease, also known as chronic venous disease, develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e., reflux) and pool in the lower leg veins. If venous reflux disease is left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time.

As a result, vein valves will not close properly, leading to symptoms such as:

  • Venous reflux disease, also known as chronic venous insufficiency, affects more than 30 million Americans.
  • Varicose veins, a common symptom of venous reflux disease, can affect up to 40 percent of adults.
  • Varicose veins are more common in those who are overweight, and in women who have had more than two pregnancies.
  • Women usually have multiple risk factors for the development of varicose veins. In fact, varicose veins are most common in women (75 percent of those diagnosed) than in men (25 percent of those diagnosed).
  • Up to 55 percent of American women may be affected by varicose veins in their lifetime.
  • It is common for varicose veins to become more prominent during pregnancy and worsen with successive pregnancies.

Venous reflux disease treatment aims to reduce or stop the backward flow of blood. Treating the diseased vein improves overall blood flow and relieves symptoms. For some patients, compression stockings alone may improve blood flow. For other patients, closing or removing the diseased vein may be necessary to improve blood flow. Closing or removing the diseased vein directs blood to nearby healthy veins.

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