1110 Cottonwood Lane, Suite 210
Irving, Texas 75038
1600 W. College, Suite 490
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Human anatomy is nothing short of amazing, especially the circulatory system. Your heart beats around 35 million times each year. Your six quarts of blood circulate through your body about three times per minute. And if all your arteries, veins, and capillaries were laid end-to-end, the total length would be nearly 60,000 miles. That’s nearly two and a half times around the Earth!
So when you have venous disease or disorders, you need a physician who is experienced in the field. Advanced Vein Clinic of North Texas specializes in the treatment of venous disease including varicose veins, spider veins and other venous disorders. All procedures are performed by board-certified cardiovascular surgeons and a team of registered nurses aided by registered vascular sonographers. With more than 65 years of combined experience, Rodney R. Fritz, M.D., and Larry W. Schorn, M.D., are dedicated to helping their patients enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle free from the detrimental effects of varicose veins and venous disorders.
Varicose veins can occur or become aggravated for a variety of reasons, including hereditary traits, pregnancy, excessive straining, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, obesity, aging and trauma. If you have unsightly varicose veins, you probably also recall stories of vein stripping in previous generations. “We now have the knowledge to advance beyond those early procedures,” said Dr. Fritz. “Most treatments for varicose veins can be performed in our office as an outpatient under a local anesthesia.
So we tell patients, you can walk in and walk out.” Typically patients return to their regular activities in a few days. “Treatments today are much less invasive than previously.”
Dr. Fritz chose cardiovascular surgery after completing his rotation under some great mentors. “I knew I wanted to be a surgeon, and this presented the challenge I knew would keep me interested,” he said. Building a vein practice has been a labor of love for his patients. “We take the time and treat each patient as if he or she were the only one we’d see today. In fact, I released a woman yesterday, and she said she was disappointed she wouldn’t be coming back. That says a lot about how we care for people.”
That focus on patient care has kept the practice busy, with patients referring their friends and family members. They also see a good portion of referrals from other physicians. “Unsightly veins are not always only a cosmetic concern,” said Dr. Fritz. The office also sees patients who have dark skin discolorations around the ankles that develop into superficial ulcers that won’t heal. “Patient education is very important to me. I tell patients the purpose of their office visit and the how, what, where, and why of their venous disease. No one should ever feel as though their physician has talked them into a treatment they didn’t understand.”
It’s no wonder Living Magazine’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Vein Doctor of 2014 went to Dr. Fritz and why online reviews of his care are overwhelmingly positive. But Dr. Fritz’s Metroplex patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from his care. He and his wife, along with two of his nurses, completed a medical mission trip to Nicaragua through their church. “We’re discussing a return trip so we can help those with advanced stages of venous disease and spend a week performing operations,” he said. He also treats patients from the Irving Community Clinic who need vein treatment but can’t afford it. “We’re devoted to doing the right thing for people.”
If you’re ready to be free from your varicose veins or spider veins or if you suffer from skin ulcers that won’t heal, call Advance Vein Clinic of North Texas. The office does not require a referral from your primary care physician, but check your insurance policy in case they do. Their dedicated team can have your legs ready for warm weather shorts, dresses and swimwear, so call today.
How are varicose veins treated?
- Some patients get relief from compression hosiery. For those who require minimally invasive surgical treatments, options are available including:
- EVLA—Endovenous Laser Ablation uses laser energy to deliver just the right amount of energy to the targeted tissue causing the vein to close and seal shut.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy—through a series of small incisions, pieces of vein are removed alleviating the unsightly bulging veins and can sometimes be done in conjunction with EVLA.
- Sclerotherapy—obliterating large and small spider veins through injection of medication and or topical laser treatment.