Testimonial of Cheryl F.
I have a family history of varicose veins on both sides of my family and have suffered with them for some time. I finally decided I’d had enough pain, throbbing and swollen legs. I was determined to find out how to rid or lessen the uncomfortable feelings I’ve experienced for so many years.
Like most people, I turned to the internet to research doctors in the Tampa area to find someone I thought might be able to help me. I looked at many websites and when I came upon the Vein911 website I knew I’d found the right place. Dr.Pittman’s narrative not only described my problems in detail, but had a video of the procedures he performs to eliminate varicose veins. I was so impressed and I knew I would feel comfortable under his care. When I met Dr. Pittman at my first appointment, I knew I’d made the right choice! He explained the different stages of varicose veins and advised that, without any treatment, I was in danger of developing leg ulcerations and scaly skin. He suggested I wear compression stockings for about 3 months and I complied.
A few months later, I went to Vein911 for an ultrasound of my right leg (he does one leg at a time). Dr. Pittman later explained how the vein running from my heart branched down to the vein in my leg. The ultrasound identified a leakage of blood from the vein. Dr. Pittman suggested I keep wearing the compression stockings for a few more weeks and to give consideration to having the laser procedure to stop the leakage. He assured me the procedure was “medically necessary” and would be covered by insurance. At my next appointment I was offered a different compression stocking which provided additional, needed support. Dr. Pittman and his staff were always anxious to make me feel more comfortable.
I decided to have the first of two procedures to eliminate my vein problem. Dr. Pittman finished the Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) on my right leg and explained the leakage was stopped through the major vein which ran from my ankle to the top of my leg. A few weeks later an ultrasound confirmed the EVLT procedure Dr. Pittman performed sealed the leakage and I would not need to repeat the procedure. The second phase of my treatment was called Endovenous Chemical Ablation (ECA), which was performed about 6 weeks after the laser procedure. Dr. Pittman injected foam into my right leg in 5 or 6 different areas.
Through both procedures I felt only mildly uncomfortable. I believe this was due to Dr. Pittman’s expert manipulation of the tiny needle and laser and his gentle touch. Two weeks later another ultrasound confirmed my veins were beginning to heal and both procedures were a success. A few weeks later Dr. Pittman performed the same procedures on my left leg. I am feeling great for the first time in a long time.
Through all my visits to Vein911, I found Dr. Pittman to be a compassionate and dedicated physician. I believe he is the “best” in his field. I also want to acknowledge Dr. Pittman’s staff for their ability to put the patient at ease, their positive attitude and for their patience. They go above and beyond to assure the comfort and satisfaction of the patient.
In Dr. Pittman’s absence I met with Hillary Halloway, Physician’s Assistant, who reassured me that my treatment and results were important to each and every member of the doctor’s team. Each time I had an ultrasound, Amy, the tech, was always helpful, friendly and made me feel comfortable and relaxed. But most of all I need to commend Dr. Pittman’s medical assistant, Jennifer, who always had a warm, caring smile on her face and treated me as a friend. Many times I’ve sat in doctors’ offices and observed nurses call patients into the treatment room with “indifference” on their face and seemingly unaware of their patient’s anxieties. That is not the case at the Vein911 offices! From the moment Jennifer calls me in, I know I will be well taken care of. It is very apparent Dr. Pittman values his staff. I have always believed a great doctor can only be the best with a great staff. I highly recommend Vein911, Dr. Pittman and his staff. Not only are they great practitioners they are wonderful and kind human beings whom I trust implicitly.
Wesley Chapel, Fla.