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Paul enjoys staying active while on the job as a flight attendant and also during his free time. Over the years, he’d noticed bulging varicose veins developing on his legs. Initially, Paul viewed the varicose veins as more of a cosmetic issue than a medical condition. In addition to varicose veins, Paul also felt a heaviness and tiredness in his legs and skin discoloration around his ankles. He didn’t at first attribute these to a vein condition.
It was his spine doctor in Las Vegas who recommended Paul have a vein consultation after his physical exam revealed bulging varicose veins. The doctor referred Paul to Vein Nevada; a vein specialized medical center with Northern Nevada and Las Vegas area locations.
When David started this journey, he had heavy, crampy, and tired legs. His feet would ache and be uncomfortable for most of the day. He didn't worry about the appearance of the bulgy, veiny legs but wanted to get to the root of the problem. Unfortunately, David's journey to find relief from his vein condition started rocky -
as he initially went to another practice where he had a terrible experience. The Vein Nevada experience was dramatically different and in a positive way. "From the moment I walked in the door at Vein Nevada, I was greeted with a smile and this immediately made me comfortable." Read David's complete success story here.
Severe leg cramping at night and a heavy leg feeling during exercise was a way of life for Julie for over 10
years. "The symptoms progressed over time. Eventually when I'd finish exercising my legs would be pulsing,"
Julie reflects. She also had visible varicose veins and discoloration on her legs.
Julie learned about Vein Nevada while at Physical Therapy with Megan Worthen, PT, DPT at Spine Nevada.
"I was talking with Megan about my symptoms and she asked to look at my legs. She then recommended
I see a vein specialist based on my symptoms and the visible appearance of my legs. She thought
I may have a vein condition," Julie shares. Watch and Read Julie's complete success story here.
Phyllis has lived in the Northern Nevada region for much of her life, she enjoys staying active and spending
time with family and friends. Over the years, she noticed varicose veins developing on her left leg to
the point she no longer wanted to wear shorts. "My left leg was unsightly with a large bulging varicose
vein," Phyllis reflects. In addition to the appearance of her leg, she also experienced restless legs symptoms
in the evening and while sleeping. "Walking around helped lessen the symptoms," she explains.
Phyllis didn't realize at the time that the restless legs symptoms and varicose veins were connected.
She went to her dermatology office for a check up. After the physical exam, the provider referred Phyllis
to Vein Nevada. Read and watch Phyllis talk about her experience at Vein Nevada here.
"Kathleen had an appointment May 4th. and June 15th. at Vein Nevada (recommended by Matthew McAuliffe). Two different FNP's at Kathleen's appointments examined Kathleen and both were fantastic. They both were engaging, explaining the procedure Kathleen was interested in and has decided to have the procedure done. I believe Brittany contacted Kathleen to schedule appointments. She was fantastic on the phone. She was patient and respectful as Kathleen was trying to determine the best days to have the procedures done.
All these employees offered great Patient Service. –Many Thanks, Bud and Kathleen" (July 2018)
June 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp "This rating is specifically for Dr. Franciosa. He was quick, but precise in knowing the issue, but used plenty of detail. Although a vein procedure like this took 5 months waiting due to insurance approval and office timing.
The procedures took 5 different days. Each time Dr. Franciosa was quick, safe, and precise. He's so good, and his wit and knowledgeable talking was great. The session was over before you knew it.
Going from swollen, painful, aching, pounding, cramping in my legs....in 1 week I noticed a considerable lessening of issues. Now after 6 weeks I only have pain he couldn't control which is coming from my lower back, but it's minimal. I still have swelling in one leg which he told me up front may not resolve due to the large number of surgeries on that leg.
The amazing thing was an unhealed scar from over 2 years ago. It was still flaking and sore. After 1 week, the flaking quit. Guess with blood actually going to/from the ankle area it could finally finish healing. Helping with all the leg pain, I can walk so much easier, less of a limp, and longer.
Thank you so much, Dr. Franciosa, and all the rest of the staff. I was comfortable at all times, and all make you feel welcome and relaxed...and at times LOL.
I give him TEN stars!!! – (June 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp)
June 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp "I had severe swelling in both legs. It was bad enough to interfere with sleep and I was getting no rest. I needed answers fast. After confirming with Dr. Maria Pirraglia that my nerve endings were not the culprits, she recommended that I see her colleague Dr. Stefan Franciosa for an in-depth investigation of my issue. Thank you Dr. Pirraglia!
Dr. Stefan Franciosa, in my opinion, is one of the best doctors I have ever had as a healthcare provider. He is extremely detailed (a trait I highly value) and takes the time to identify the trouble, gather the necessary facts (labs & testing), and present the patient with a plan for recovery. He does not "beat around the bush", but rather is direct in his approach (another characteristic I prize). While waiting in his office, I read his paper on vein issues, and found him to be very passionate and concerned about a very neglected segment of medicine, vein health.
My appointments were on time and I received great support from his NP Alicia and MA Angelica. He has a fantastic team. Everyone is very friendly, concerned about patient well-being, and kind. They make one feel as a part of the family, rather than just a "customer".
My medical procedure was exactly what was detailed out for me by Dr. Franciosa and his team. I was so surprised that I could get around with absolutely NO ISSUES after each segment of the procedure. Pain was really nonexistent; a little sore but that was exactly what I was told to expect. An unexpected benefit occurred for me when Dr. Franciosa offered to aspirate a popliteal cyst he discovered during my procedure. He did it for me at no charge! I am impressed! My knee (in pain for years) feels like new.
In summary: Vein health is often overlooked. Dr. Franciosa and his team are a very necessary resource, offering solutions for vein conditions that could become very serious if left untreated. My leg swelling issues are a thing of the past now, thanks to Dr. Franciosa. I am grateful that I found a doctor who really cares, works with, and follows up with his patient.
Thank you Dr. Franciosa and please thank your staff once more for me. I have referred six other friends of mine (word of mouth) to see you for similar conditions. God bless you sir! – (June 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp)
April 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp "Dr. Franciosa, Angelica, and Alicia, all made me feel welcome and safe during my visits to Vein Nevada.
Vein Nevada is accommodating and have gone above and beyond to make sure I'm comfortable, healthy and pain-free.
Their follow up is timely, in-depth and PERSONAL; they do care.
I have had nothing but great visits at Vein Nevada and would definitely recommend this practice to ANYONE." (April 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp)
April 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp "I am so grateful to Dr Franciosa and his nurse. I had a 3 day vein ablation treatment. I was nervous going in but that soon subsided. They inject your legs with lidocaine that numbs the area and keeps virtually pain free. They are excellent at asking and making sure that you are comfortable through the entire procedure. I felt immediate relief at home. I was able to manage my stairs at home without holding on to the railing. I would recommend Vein Nevada to everyone. I have my legs back to pain free again!!!!!" (April 2018 5 Star Review on Yelp)
December 2017 5 Star Review on Yelp "I have just finished a three day procedure on my legs. I was having restless legs symptoms cramps and pain. After the 3 days. Magic, no more pain. Thank you Doctor Franciosa and Angelica for everything you have done to help me. Vein Nevada is a wonderful place to seek for your leg pain. The staff from the medical receptionists to the nurses and the Doctor are absolutely amazing." –Mona I. (December 2017 5 Star Review on Yelp)
October 2017 5 Star Facebook Review "I am so happy that I get to leave a message! I had to have several veins in each leg treated. It was a grueling 4 day process and I was beyond anxious about it. Doctor Franciosa was patient, letting me know exactly what he was doing every step of the way. There were times it was painful and Doctor Franciosa quickly fixed me up, waiting until I was perfectly ready and feeling no pain at all. He made me laugh with his great bedside manner, was attentive to my concerns and generally left me with the comfort of his ability to do a great job! Now the nurses. I absolutely loved all of them! Jessica was quick and competent, I felt at ease and knew I was in good hands. Angelica was in training, I think they mentioned, but I couldn't tell. She had a real gift for making me feel better. I came in the first day, scared and ready to change my mind about the whole thing and her sweet soul soothed my nerves and by the end of the first appointment I was laughing, no longer scared. Lastly there was Mesa. I cannot say enough good things about her! She was with me all the way, keeping me upbeat and calm,encouraging me when I thought I wouldn't have made it and all the while being a great nurse! Make sure she knows that I'm giving her a star by her name!"
June 2017 5 Star Facebook Review "I had already given up after having a half done job at another clinic, but my daughter and primary refused to give me up and sent me for a second opinion at this office.
They not only didn't give up, they gave me hope. I do my procedure in Sept (could have had it sooner, but MY scheduling didn't allow it), also since my condition is hereditary my daughter is getting a consult! Great place, wonderful staff, clean and state of the art. They also take both Medicare & 2 kinds of Medicaid."
May 2017 5 Star Facebook Review They do excellent work here. The doctor and the staff are great!!
April 2017 5 Star Facebook Review "Love Dr. Franciosa and the entire staff. Can't say enough about how great they all are at making you feel comfortable with the treatment plan and procedures. My legs are healing and feel so much better already!"
April 2017 5 Star Facebook Review "What a state of the art, clean, friendly, on time, professional team it is. I was impressed the first time I went for a conciliation!! I have nothing but wonderful to say. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my veins!! This is my third procedure and they are far more advanced then what I've experienced! Thank you so much Vein Nevada!!!!"
February 2017 5 Star Facebook Review "These guys are amazing!! I wouldn't trust anyone else with my vein health. They made a potentially uncomfortable procedure fun and uplifting! I love these guys!!! Dr. Franciosa (Vein Diesel), Heather, Mesa and Jessica rock!!!"
February 2017 5 Star Review on Yelp "I recently had my varicose veins treated with Heather who is absolutely AMAZING!!! She really took her time explaining the procedure to me and her knowledge of the vascular system is impeccable. She helped me understand what caused the various types of vein issue that I personally have. I was very much at ease and comfortable during the procedure and the recovery couldn't have been any easier.
Every detail of my experience was fantastic. The young ladies at the front desk couldn't have been any nicer. And, both her scheduler, Kevin and Medical Assistant, Jessica excellent.
Thank you, Vein Nevada for a wonderful experience!!! I'm looking forward to my next treatment." (February 2017 5 Star Review on Yelp)