Louis’ Story

Louis Cutler, a Seasonal Delray Beach Resident, Had Diseased Leg Veins Causing Him Pain and Other Ailments. Dr. Ricotta Treated Him in the Office With the Venaseal™ Closure System and Today Louis Has No Restrictions.

I had aches, pain, swelling and discoloration in the thighs, calves and ankles of both legs. During the last several years, blood would flow down my legs, but become trapped and not return upward. These leg ailments slowed me down, causing trouble walking and exercising.

My wife and I heard about Dr. Joseph Ricotta, a vascular surgeon at Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care, who is world famous for treating these types of ailments. We attended a lecture he gave on varicose veins and venous insufficiency at our local library and were very impressed. We made an appointment at his office in Delray Beach.

During the consult, Dr. Ricotta explained a new procedure, VenaSeal™ Closure System, which he performs endovenously using a medical adhesive to close the diseased leg veins that caused my problem. He took the time to explain other treatment alternatives as well. Dr. Ricotta said, “Go ahead home and think about it.” I didn’t feel any pressure from him. We went home and within two hours scheduled my VenaSeal treatment for the following month. A few days later, the office staff called and said they had an opening for me to come in for the procedure. It was Valentine’s Day and I thought this would be a great present.

I was impressed with the way the procedure worked. During the VenaSeal treatment, I was in somewhat of a sitting position in the office. Ultrasounds were performed on my legs by a technician to find the problem veins. Dr. Ricotta accessed the diseased veins, endovenously through a micro puncture in my leg. While Dr. Ricotta was performing the procedure on a monitor, I could see everything and I didn’t feel any pain.

He explained each part of the process, including how he used the medical adhesive to close the leaky veins. Dr. Ricotta has a quiet, calming manner and has the ability to simplify everything. The procedure took one hour to treat both legs.

After, I was able to leave Dr. Ricotta’s office with only a small steri-strip on each leg. Dr. Ricotta shook my hand and said, “Goodbye, go home and you’re fine to do whatever you want.” I said, “Do you want me to keep my feet up?” and he said, “Go take a walk, do anything you want, you’re fine.”

I got up from the exam table and did not feel any pain. As days past, I felt even better. The VenaSeal done by Dr. Ricotta was the easiest procedure I’ve ever had.

After having the VenaSeal procedure, I was back to walking and exercising in no time at all. My wife and I enjoy going to yoga class which I’m glad to say we’ve been able to resume. Shopping and going to the theatre is easy now. Previously, it was uncomfortable for me to sit, and now I have no restrictions. I am even back to playing table tennis.

Dr. Ricotta’s staff was also very helpful.

*** This testimonial reflects the experience and outcome of this patient. Actual results will vary. ***

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