Dr. Fitzgibbons was born to be a doctor. His father and grandfather-in-law were well known doctors in Nebraska. Five of his brothers and his one sister are also doctors. After graduating from medical school, he migrated to Los Angeles for surgical training at USC, attaining the coveted position for Resident Supervisor in surgery. A year of vascular surgery fellowship followed and then he began practice at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, a closely affiliated USC hospital, where he has been chairman of the Department of Surgery since 1998. In 2006 his fellow physicians honored him when he was named physician of the year, his proudest award. The early results of endovenous procedures were published just after 2000 and after some skepticism he realized that this minimal invasive approach would replace surgical treatment of venous disease. For the last ten years he has concentrated on out-patient venous disease and the results have been so gratifying and the patients so satisfied that he is glad he made this effort to bring modern venous disease management to downtown Los Angeles.
EducationCreighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
TrainingL A Co-Usc Med Ctr, Cardiovascular Surgery; L A Co-Usc Med Ctr, General Surgery; L A Co-Usc Med Ctr, Urology
Payment OptionsAll major health insurances, cash, check, credit cards and Care Credit
Minimal invasive procedure to treat great or small saphenous veins with laser, radiofrequency or glue. It is used to treat large refluxing veins to eliminate the cause of varicose veins. It is frequently used in association with sclerotherapy.
All treatments require compression hose. Compression hose have been proven to be very effective to present varicose vein progression. Although stockings cannot eliminate varicose veins, they can successfully relieve discomfort and tiredness associated with mild varicose veins. When varicose veins are more severe, compression stockings are a mandatory aide to make endovenous treatment more successful .Graduated compression stockings prevent blood from pooling in the legs and thereby improve circulation. They come in a variety of styles and colors and even if you have not been able to wear compression stockings before a satisfactory pair can be found if searched for. At the Fitzgibbons Vein Center (FVC) we pride ourselves on our knowledge of stockings and the ability to find a pair that will suit you.
Before treatment is initiated, a comprehensive duplex ultrasound will be done. This shows the refluxing veins that are not visible and are the cause of the varicose veins. Then a treatment plan can be customized to eliminate the varicose veins. The information from the Duplex Ultrasound is critical to treatment success.
Used to treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Spider veins are easily seen and treated under direct vision, frequently with magnification. Veins just under the skin that cause spider veins are called reticular veins and are easily seen with the vein light (see image below). Deeper veins can be treated with ultrasound guidance. Additional Servicesvaricose veins, phlebology, sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation
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