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North State Radiology Offers Total Vein Care Services

North State Radiology offers cutting edge Total Vein Care services through newly expanded interventional division, North State Interventional Radiology!

North State Radiology, the leading local provider of medical diagnostic and interventional imaging services, announced today that they have expanded their interventional services to include a high‐tech procedure that treats the underlying cause of painful, swollen varicose veins.

Drs. Alexander Vogel and John Brannen are interventional radiologists who are board certified and specially trained in minimally invasive “interventions” – targeted treatments that are performed using image guidance to see inside the body and treat disease directly at the source. The VNUS Closure procedure utilizes a special catheter that is inserted into the vein through a small incision in the skin. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is then used to heat, shrink, and close the diseased veins in a few minutes of virtually painless treatment performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. “This is a tremendous technological leap beyond vein stripping, the traumatic surgical procedure that up until very recently was used to treat varicose veins,” says Dr. Vogel. Most people think of varicose vein treatment as a cosmetic issue, but the Closure Procedure is not cosmetic surgery because it is used to treat the disease, Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), that causes varicose veins. “This procedure is exciting and rewarding because it also eliminates the other symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, including sensations of heaviness, leg swelling, and problems with wound healing that can be debilitating,” says Dr. Vogel.

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a fairly common yet serious disease occurring in men and women in particular over the age of 40. More than 25 million Americans suffer from severe varicose veins. Heredity, pregnancy, obesity, and careers requiring extended standing, such as nursing or teaching, are the primary risk factors. A special type of ultrasound, called a venous Doppler, is used to diagnose the condition and having it treated is important because complications of CVI include not only painful varicose veins but also leg ulcers and dangerous blood clots. “It is extremely gratifying to provide a patient with resolution to a medical issue that they may have struggled with for decades,” says Dr. Brannen.

The VNUS Closure Procedure is just one component of the Total Vein Care treatment provided by North State Interventional Radiology. Ambulatory phlebectomy and sclerotherapy are ancillary procedures that aid the physicians in providing the most comprehensive treatment based on each patients individual needs. For more information, go to

North State Radiology is locally owned and operated by on‐site board certified physicians. We offer a full range of medical diagnostic and interventional radiology services to the community through our outpatient imaging centers, North State Imaging, North Valley Advanced Imaging, and North State Interventional Radiology, in addition to providing professional radiology services to area hospitals for over 50 years.

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