John J. Ricotta MD
Dr. Ricotta, a vascular surgeon, performs procedures for varicose veins and other vascular problems at MedStar Surgery Center and at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is Chair of the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Ricotta has been caring for patients with vascular disease for his entire career. A major reason for seeing a vascular surgeon for vein care is because vascular surgeons like Dr. Ricotta are extremely experienced in every aspect of vascular disease, from minor problems to the most complicated cases.
Varicose veins, which usually occur in the legs, are not just a cosmetic problem. They are a sign that the venous system is not working properly. The underlying cause is venous insufficiency, a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.
The most basic treatment option is support or compression stockings. The stockings support the venous and lymphatic systems of the leg and help keep the blood and lymph fluid circulating. These stockings can be quite stylish and they come in many forms for both men and women. The downside is that they may be inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable, especially in summer.
Thanks to recent advancements in minimally invasive surgery, many patients qualify for vein ablation, a surgical technique that requires only local anesthesia. The procedure is safe and there are no incisions. The patient is able to walk immediately after the procedure and can return to work or normal activities in 24 or 48 hours. There is no scarring and the patient's legs return to a normal appearance. The technique Dr. Ricotta uses is called the VNUS Closure System.
If you are suffering from swollen or painful legs that may be related to circulation problems or if you have varicose veins, it's time to be evaluated for the best treatment option for you. Please call Dr. Ricotta's office for a consultation. The number is 202-877-5133.