ASVAL Treatments for Varicose Veins in Mineola, NY

Island Vein Specialists Uses the ASVAL Technique

Island Vein Specialists has two convenient vein treatment centers on Long Island, NY. General and vascular surgeon Dr. John F. Gallagher is the first and only vein surgeon in the U.S. to perform the ASVAL procedure to treat varicose veins and spider veins. The cutting-edge method uses acupuncture needles to quickly, gently, and effectively remove problem veins without leaving unsightly scars. Our team of specialists is adept at various types of vein treatment services, and patients have relied on our expertise for years. Read further to review answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the ASVAL technique. If you are still curious and have other questions for our staff, call us today to learn more.

What is the ASVAL technique?

Ambulatory selective varicose vein ablation (ASVAL) is a method that was developed by Dr. Sylvain Chastenet and Dr. Paul Pittaluga of the Riviera Veine Institut in Nice, France. Dr. Gallagher has expanded on its foundation to incorporate acupuncture and its benefits to streamline the process of varicose vein removal. The concept of the ASVAL method is counter to the traditional theory that the saphenous vein is the origin of the varicose disease. The ASVAL method assumes the disease begins in the peripheral veins, where the vein walls are much more fragile. As a result, the ASVAL approach aims to protect the saphenous vein through early treatment of varicose veins.

What are the benefits of the ASVAL method?

The ASVAL method treats collateral varicose veins to ultimately preserve the more prominent saphenous vein. Island Vein Specialists can do this using acupuncture needles to target the origin of each patient’s condition – the smaller, collateral veins – to eliminate the clinical and aesthetic symptoms of varicose and spider veins. We use great caution with our acupuncture approach to ensure there is no bleeding, bruising, or pain associated with varicose vein removal. As a result, there is no downtime following your procedure. You can return to normal activities the following day, though you may need to use compression socks for a few days after your visit to our vein treatment centers on Long Island, NY. To make matters better, many insurance companies cover this innovative technique.

What other options are there to treat spider and varicose veins?

We also offer vein sclerotherapy to treat spider veins for patients who are averse to acupuncture. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy involves injecting sclerosant into a vein to stop its blood flow, thus shutting it down. Unlike the ASVAL method, many patients experience slight discomfort at the injection site during the procedure. Additionally, patients who opt for sclerotherapy often need three to five visits before their varicose vein removal process is complete. Other varicose vein treatment options include:

Contact Island Vein Specialists for ASVAL Treatment Today

Various vein treatments such as sclerotherapy and EVLT are available everywhere, but Island Vein Specialists is unique because we offer innovative ASVAL treatments that incorporate acupuncture. Dr. Gallagher developed his unique ASVAL treatments to take advantage of myriad acupuncture benefits while successfully treating and removing varicose veins and spider veins. We have two convenient locations on Long Island, NY – one in West Islip, NY and another in Mineola, NY. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment at t

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Board Certified
  • Personalized Attention
  • Over 30 Years of Experience
  • General and Vascular Surgeon
  • Revolutionary Technique Using Acupuncture Needles


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