MOORESVILLE – Dr. Steven Folstad and Dr. Todd Hansen, main doctors at the Carolina Vein Associates, founded the company out of their desire to make people feel better.
“I find that really rewarding,” Folstad said.
Folstad said treating the veins of his patients daily has been successful, even though the CVA has only been functional for almost three months when it came to the town in June.
“For a comprehensive vein clinic, there is nothing around Mooresville, so it was a place we were targeting,” he said. “There is not a lot of representation in that area.”
Ever since, staff has been working to build the practice that offers state-of-the-art equipment to provide up-to-date, quality vein care.
Folstad and Hansen became interested in treating veins after they were introduced to phlebology, the study and practice of vein disease. But they were more curious about recent technological developments that treat veins more efficiently and effectively.
The CVA offers treatment of symptomatic vein disease, spider and varicose veins and veins that are swelled or ulcerated. Spider veins are the small, red, cosmetic veins that are located closer to the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are deeper, ropey veins that are painful.
“We see a lot of patients that have achy, uncomfortable legs and then we have a subset of our population that is there more for cosmetic reasons,” Folstad said. “They don’t like the way their veins look. We take care of both symptomatic veins and aesthetic treatments of veins.”
Doctors treat varicose veins with foam sclerotherapy, a detergent-like foam injected into the troubled vein, and laser therapy, a laser light that treats the vein from the inside. Other services include ablation, intense heat to treat the vein and phlebectomy, and phlebectomy, small cuts made near the damaged vein for removal.
“They used to be treated with vein stripping. That was a very involved procedure that required operations and general anesthesia. It had a really high complication rate,” Folstad said. “It’s now an in-office procedure that can be done in an hour. You walk in and you walk out.”
Although surgical methods for treating veins have high success rates, Folstad said using laser therapies, which began about 15 years ago, is not only successful but also has a much lower complication rate.
Varicose veins are hereditary and are caused by prolonged sitting and standing, obesity and pregnancy. Folstad said wearing compression stockings and getting up from time to time can help prevent varicose veins from forming.
“I think what makes us different is that we truly offer comprehensive vein care that can treat all aspects of Vein disease,” Folstad said. “Our office specializes in vein therapy. That is what makes it unique to this area.”
Article by Sarah Obeid.
Want to go? The Carolina Vein Associates will host a ribbon cutting 8-9 a.m. Oct. 15 to celebrate its grand opening. The business is located at 206 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville. Call 704-684-4511 to schedule an appointment.