United Vein Centers Testimonial – Rick
Interviewer: Leg pain, heaviness, swelling, bulging veins, sound familiar? Are you looking down and saying, “Oh yeah, that’s me.” Well, there’s good news. There is something you can do to relieve that discomfort. Dr. Gamal Wazni from United Vein Centers is board-certified in the treatment of vein disease. He is back once again with one of his patients, that’s Rick Zoppi. Hello, gentlemen.
Dr. Wazni: Hi.
Interviewer: How are you?
Interviewer: Okay, first of all, I want to start with you, Rick. You had been living with bulging veins that you just couldn’t stand the sight of, right?
Interviewer: Now you travel a lot on planes. Is that what caused them?
Rick: Yes, I fly a lot.
Rick: I’m not sure what caused them. Really didn’t know much about it when I went into the office, but yes, what you said. Looking down, seeing the bulging veins, and just really, it was purely cosmetic at the beginning.
Interviewer: Right. So, was that the impetus to get you in to see Dr. Wazni?
Rick: That’s what brought me in.
Interviewer: So you thought, “I’ve got to get rid of how these look?”
Rick: Yeah. We have a boat, I golf a lot, I’m always in shorts, being in Florida, and just starting to, you know, as I went out thinking, “This is embarrassing.”
Interviewer: Now, Dr. Wazni, Rick is 55 years old?
Interviewer: Is this unusual for somebody in their 50s to develop these veins?
Dr. Wazni: It’s not unusual, but what is unique to Rick’s story is that he thought, “Wow, I just have to live with the pain and aching” that he was having.
Interviewer: Because that’s what you found out once he stepped into your office, besides the cosmetic look of these, you started asking questions. What did you ask him?
Dr. Wazni: I said, “Rick, I understand that you want this bulging veins gone, but you must have pain, aching, swelling, cramping.” He’s like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. I got that Doc, but I live with that.”
Dr. Wazni: I said, “Okay.”
Interviewer: Well, this is going to really tell the story. Here we have before and after pics here, let’s look at that. Look at that. Do you remember those veins on the left there, Rick?
Rick: Quite, yes.
Interviewer: Quite well.
Interviewer: And look at them now, my gosh, you have the legs of a 30-year-old now, right? So, when you went through this, first of all how did you treat, Dr. Wazni? How’d you treat?
Dr. Wazni: We used lasers. First we went through with an ultrasound, found the bad veins, then we use medical lasers to zap these veins closed.
Interviewer: Okay, and how long of a procedure? What is the downtime?
Dr. Wazni: He had no downtime. He was back to work the next night.
Interviewer: What was that like for you? Did you think you were going to have some downtime?
Rick: Of course. I actually thought that there was the stripping, where they pull them out and they do it. I didn’t even know there was laser. It really was just, these look bad, I’m going to go to this center, get them done. I thought there was going to be a lot of downtime. None.
Interviewer: None whatsoever.
Interviewer: You were back on that boat the next day?
Rick: Same day actually.
Interviewer: Same day?
Rick: But wrapped. Wrapped and not doing anything.
Interviewer: Wrapped for a couple of days right?
Interviewer: So, this…I think a lot of people don’t know this, but this procedure is paid for by insurance.
Dr. Wazni: Yes, yes. It’s covered by Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, all insurance companies because it causes discomfort, such as in Rick’s case. He had to the pain, swelling, and aching along with the bulging veins.
Interviewer: Did you know that this was going to be covered by insurance or were you prepared to shell out some dough?
Rick: I was going to pay it myself, that’s how bad it was when I went in. I was just going to pay it and then as they went through, and I had insurance and it came out. That was just the icing on the cake.
Interviewer: Wow, there is one happy man right there. Congratulations, glad you’re feeling better and, you know, another happy patient. There you go. All right, Dr. Wazni and Rick Zoppi, thank you so much. Now you can see the dates for upcoming screenings, find out if you could be treated. They’re right there on your screen. For more information call 1-800-VEIN-DOC or go to the website UnitedVeinsCenters.com. Thanks so much guys.
Dr. Wazni: Thank you.
Rick: Thank you.
Rick: Oh, yeah.
Dr. Wazni: Thank you so much.
Interviewer: All right, good to see you. We’ll be right back with more Daytime right after this.