Stepping Out
At the Advanced Vein and Vascular Center, Dr. Anthony Carabasi and his team use proven, minimally invasive treatments to restore patients’ beauty and function
by Jocelyn Murray

After serving 16 years as the chief of the vascular surgery department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, R. Anthony Carabasi, M.D., decided it was time to dedicate his practice completely to venous disease. This resulted in opening his Wayne-based practice, the Advanced Vein and Vascular Center.

Since 2007, Dr. Carabasi and his business partner, Martha Stephens, have devoted their time, knowledge and experience to offer all modes of treatment and the best methods available to give patients the healthiest and most attractive legs possible.

“We take care of all vein-related problems,” says Dr. Carabasi. “That can range from the smallest of spider veins to large, ropy varicose veins, and we have new ways to take care of them that are very comfortable for the patient.”

Spider veins are typically red or blue, visible veins on the surface of the skin that are similar in appearance to tree branches or spider webs and oftentimes become concentrated and matted to resemble a bruise. Caused by excess blood, spider veins appear when small amounts of blood leak from the veins and build tiny capillaries, which are appear on the skin’s surface.

Somewhat more intense than spider veins, varicose veins are the unsightly, often bulging veins that people find on their legs. Similar to spider veins, these are the result of an overabundance of blood, caused by valves that do not close properly, allowing blood to flow backward into the legs instead of the heart. This accumulation of blood and pressure results in the swelling of the veins and their protrusion.

Unfortunately, many women and a surprisingly high number of men who suffer from these conditions are hesitant to have them treated, unsure of what the procedures will entail. With symptoms ranging from bulging veins to itching, soreness, fatigue, thickening and discoloration of the skin, swelling burning and cramping, the effects of these poor functioning veins can hinder one’s quality of life.

With the advent of advanced procedures and patient friendly treatment methods, Dr. Carabasi’s office is able to offer patients multiple avenues to cure their veins, not only leaving them looking and feeling better but doing so in a significantly reduced amount of time.

“After our procedures, you’ll get up and walk out of the office and just resume your normal activities immediately or in a short period of time,” he explains. “There has been a big boom in terms of comfort in getting [varicose] veins fixed.”

Products and procedures such as Clarivein, Veinwave, VNUS closure, EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) and ambulatory phlebectomy yield minimal recovery times, if any at all. Additionally, most procedures require tiny incisions, leaving virtually no scarring and all are able to be performed under local anesthesia administered on site.

What makes the work of Dr. Carabasi and his staff unique is their continued dedication to patients and their continued comfort. Starting with the large leather couches provided refreshments throughout the 3,000-square-foot facility, Dr. Carabasi’s goal is to make sure the patients feel comfortable and at home while receiving treatment.

“It’s a beautiful comfortable office where we go out of our way to provide a good experience,” Dr. Carabasi explains. “It looks like it’s out of the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel.” Furthermore, while it is the only full-time vascular center within a 50-miles radius, another distinctive part of the Advanced Vein and Vascular Center is its scheduling technique.

“The way we schedule things is so that most patients will see few others here on procedure days, giving them relative privacy and short wait times. They also then get our undivided attention,” he says. “This is unique for almost any doctor’s office.”

With patients being comfortable from the moment they arrive, they are able to relax throughout their consultation.  They have the undivided attention of the team, yielding the most complete and comprehensive results from examination and treatment. Prospective patients can get the process started by participating in free vein screenings held once a month, though Dr. Carabasi advises to call ahead for the precise date.

Between its state-of-the-art equipment and procedures and individualized doctor-patient interaction, the Advanced Vein and Vascular Center provides patients with the ability to restore the quality of life they once had. The effective yet quick and typically painless procedures ensure success and satisfaction that is changing not only the way people manage the disease but also their ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

The Advanced Vein and Vascular Center
744 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 225
Devon, PA 19087
Phone: 610-687-5347