Varicose Vein Treatment Has Never Been Easier!

If you are one of more than 25 million Americans who suffer from uncomfortable and unsightly varicose veins, there are effective, less invasive treatments available at Maffei Vein Center in Athens, Georgia, that are safe and require less downtime than the former procedures. We are here to make your diagnosis and treatment as smooth and comfortable as possible. The evaluation and procedures are done by Dr. Maffei.

What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are enlarged, abnormal veins that are most commonly found in the legs and feet. Our upright stature is a factor and gravity plays a role, specifically in the legs and feet. The veins become enlarged, dilated and overfilled with blood. For some people, varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern, while many suffer aches, pain, discomfort and other symptoms.

What causes varicose veins? Varicose veins affect half of all people over the age of 50, and around 20% of all adults. It’s a common condition, and the risk factors increase with age, family history, obesity, jobs that require a great deal of sitting or standing and female gender. Pregnancy is factor in the development of varicose veins in women. Varicose veins may also be the result of a heart valve problem or clotting problems in the veins of the lower body. Varicose veins occur when the one-way valves in the vein that prevent blood from flowing backwards fail, and, instead of the blood flowing upward to your heart, it collects in the vein. Varicose veins most often occur in the legs because they are the extremities that are farthest from the heart, and gravity makes it more difficult for blood to flow upward.

What are spider veins? Spider veins are a common, mild variation of varicose veins that are smaller and found closer to the skin’s surface. Spider veins may be red or blue. They occur mostly on the legs, but can also be found on the face or other parts of the body. Spider veins can vary in size. They get their name because they often look like a spider’s web.

What treatments are available? Advanced technology makes it possible for most treatments to be done in the Maffei Vein Center with little discomfort, and allowing you to return home after your procedure. Procedures are done to either close or remove the varicose veins. Blood will then start flowing through other veins. There are different treatments for specific varicose vein issues and may involve the use of lasers, sclerotherapy (the injection of an agent into the vein), or microsurgery. The specific procedure will depend on a careful and complete evaluation prior to any treatment.

New VenaCure EVLT laser treatment. Dr. Maffei and the Maffei Vein Center are happy to announce that they are now using the VenaCure EVLT laser vein treatment procedure that uses targeted laser energy to seal the damaged vein shut. The VenaCure EVLT treatment eliminates leaking veins with no hospital stay or general anesthesia, minimal-to-no scarring, no lengthy recovery and minimal side effects. In most cases, in less than an hour you can be free from bulging, twisted varicose veins and back to enjoying your everyday activities. The VenaCure EVLT procedure is safe, fast and effective with more than a 95% success rate, and is typically covered by insurance.

Is my evaluation and treatment covered by insurance?  in many cases evaluation and procedures are covered by insurance. Our staff will help to make these determinations since policies can widely differ.

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Dr. Vincent Maffei of the Maffei Vein Center Athens, GA


Meet Dr. Vincent J. Maffei, MD

Dr. Vincent J. Maffei, MD

Dr. Vincent Maffei attended medical school at Louisiana State University, graduating in 1980. He completed his general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in 1985. He completed his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at Emory University in 1988. Dr. Maffei is Board certified in General Surgery and in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Maffei has been in private practice in Athens, GA since 1992. He performed the first open heart surgery in Athens. He was chief of cardiac surgery at Athens Regional Medical Center from 1992 to 2008. He continues practicing thoracic surgery with Athens Chest Surgery Specialists in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Maffei brings the same level of expertise that he has achieved as a thoracic surgeon to his work with patients at Maffei Vein Center.

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The photos below are before and after pictures of actual patients who have undergone varicose vein treatment.

These are before and after images of a patient who underwent a combination of EVLT laser ablation, vein closure and phlebotomy for a severe case of varicose veins.


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