Robert A. Handley, Jr., MD

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4921 Long Prairie Road, Suite 110

Flower Mound, Texas 75028


Are you one of the 20 to 40 million people in the United States who suffer from painful varicose or spider veins? Do you require treatment for uterine fibroids, a varicocele, or peripheral arterial disease (PAD)? Do you need to have a Mediport placed for chemotherapy but dread the thought of a long wait and all the red tape you will likely encounter at the hospital? Are you a physician seeking a local outpatient center to send patients for minimally invasive Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures?

Robert Handley, Jr., M.D., can perform all these services and more from his conveniently located, state-of-the-art facilities in Flower Mound, Texas. Flower Mound Vein Center and Flower Mound Image Guided Surgery operate out of the same building for the ultimate in patient convenience.

SPECIALTIES at Flower Mound Vein Center:

  • Conservative Treatment
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
  • Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (EVRFA)
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Visual Sclerotherapy

Specialties at Flower Mound Image Guided Surgery include the following outpatient vascular and interventional radiology procedures:

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization
  • Varicocele Embolization
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) evaluation and treatment
  • Treatment of Pelvic Venus Congestion Syndrome
  • Testosterone Pellet Insertion
  • Fallopian Tube Recanalization
  • Pelvic Venous Angioplasty/Stenting
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Dialysis Vascular Access procedures
  • Mediport/Dialysis catheter placement and removal
  • Inferior Vena Cava filter placement/removal
  • Ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Fluoroscopically guided bone marrow biopsies
  • Fluoroscopically guided joint injections
  • Paracentesis/Thoracentesis
  • Gastrostomy tube placement/exchange/replacement

Flower Mound Vein Center

Perhaps you’ve been ignoring your varicose veins for some time and simply wear long pants to prevent anyone from seeing those unsightly bluish-purple bulges marring your legs. Did you know that untreated varicose veins can become more than an eyesore? They may make your legs feel heavy or sore. Your ankles or lower legs may swell. You may experience cramps or rashes. Varicose veins can lead to a more serious and debilitating condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

CVI creates high pressure in the veins in your legs, which causes bulging veins, skin changes in the lower legs, and a multitude of other symptoms. Left unchecked, this high venous pressure can lead to worsening skin changes and ultimately to skin ulceration. Even worse, untreated varicose veins and CVI can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which causes blood clots to form in the large veins of your legs. These clots can lead to pulmonary embolism, which in many cases is fatal. Varicose veins are far more than a cosmetic problem.

The good news is that you don’t have to live like this, and treatment does not have to put your life on hold. Most forms of vein disease can be treated using minimally invasive, virtually painless procedures that can be performed at Flower Mound Vein Center. In most cases, you will be able to return to your usual activities the next day. Post-procedural pain and scarring are minimal.

Dr. Handley, board certified by the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, is a leader in the field of vein care and he has dedicated his practice to the treatment of venous disease. He offers individualized comprehensive treatment that is hands-on from start to finish.

“Finding the underlying cause of each patient’s vein problems, developing an individual treatment plan, and providing the very best state-of-the-art care is always our goal,” said Dr. Handley. “I especially look forward to working with patients who suffer from the most severe venous disease issues, such as large varicose veins and debilitating difficult-to-treat leg ulcers. These are the patients I can help the most, and I get great personal satisfaction at seeing what a big change treatment can make in their lives.”

Varicose veins and venous insufficiency are often hereditary, though pregnancy, and occupations requiring long periods of time standing over many years can also cause varicose veins and venous insufficiency. “While more women than men have varicose veins, the men we see usually have more severe problems because they wait longer to come in,” said
Dr. Handley.

Spider veins are a related condition. Though they tend to be smaller and have fewer symptoms, these blue, purple, or red dilated veins appear on the surface of the skin. They are unsightly and are considered by many to be a cosmetic issue. While generally harmless, they can cause discomfort, particularly after standing for long periods of time. They can also lead to considerable self-consciousness. Treatment ensures symptoms will not worsen over time.

Although making lifestyle changes to promote healthy circulation, such as wearing graduated compression stockings, managing weight, and exercising regularly, can slow the progression of varicose veins and prevent new problems, this approach will not, however, remove existing varicose and spider veins. For those patients who require the elimination of varicose veins, Dr. Handley uses minimally invasive treatments such as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), endovenous radiofrequency ablation (EVRFA), microambulatory phelebectomy, ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy and visual sclerotherapy.

Let Dr. Handley and the staff at the Flower Mound Vein Center help provide you relief from the pain and embarrassment of varicose and spider veins. Most procedures are covered by insurance, including Medicare. Make your appointment today and have a healthier tomorrow.

Flower Mound Image Guided Surgery

After opening his vein center, Dr. Handley saw that “there was a need in the local community for certain outpatient IR procedures.” Patients would rather not drive across the Metroplex or spend a lot of time in the hospital if there was quality specialty care to be found at a convenient outpatient facility near home. “We heard from many of our vein patients that they were glad we were here,” Dr. Handley said. “We simply took this feedback and went one step further for outpatient IR procedures and wanted to be able to provide the same type of convenient quality care to the community as we were already doing with varicose vein care.”

Flower Mound Image Guided Surgery is an office-based facility that focuses on minimally invasive vascular procedures and Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures that historically have been performed in a hospital, but don’t need to be. It features a comfortable waiting room, pre-op and post-op recovery area, and a procedure suite, all equipped with the latest technology.

Dr. Handley performs uterine fibroid embolization, a nonsurgical treatment that is an alternate to a more invasive hysterectomy or myomectomy. Other women’s health issues which can be treated at Flower Mound Image Guided Surgery include fallopian tube recanalization for infertility and treatment of pelvic venous congestion syndrome, which are varicose veins in the pelvis that can cause pelvic pain, particularly at the end of the day or with intercourse.

Men’s health issues can also be treated at Flower Mound Image Guided Surgery. Varicoceles, or dilated veins in the scrotum that cause pain, infertility, and testicular atrophy (leading to low testosterone), can undergo varicocele embolization to avoid a more invasive surgical procedure and much quicker recovery. For men with low testosterone, testosterone pellet insertion can be performed to keep hormone levels more even and avoid weekly or biweekly injections or daily application of gels.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects eight million Americans and is on the rise as the population ages and the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes are increasing. Testing for PAD and treatment for appropriate patients is offered in the outpatient setting. Other vascular services offered include dialysis fistula/graft maintenance procedures, dialysis catheter placement and removal, and Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter placement and removal.

If you have suffered a vertebral compression fracture, Dr. Handley may help relieve your back pain with kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty. That chronic hip or knee pain that has bothered you for years may be helped with a fluoroscopically guided injection of corticosteroids to that joint. If you require a bone marrow biopsy or other soft tissue biopsy, it can be performed away from the stressful hospital setting.

Meet Dr. Handley

Dr. Handley earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his master’s degree from University of Houston Clear Lake. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and did a General Surgery Internship at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Following this, he completed a Diagnostic Radiology Residency and a Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. The Society of Interventional Radiology recognizes him as having a special competency in Interventional Stroke Therapy. He has extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive procedures and treating venous insufficiency. Dr. Handley holds memberships in the American College of Phlebology, American College of Radiology, and the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Handley and his family live in the community of Flower Mound, Texas. He is a licensed pilot of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and is an avid scuba diver.

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