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Dr. Cardone Passionate About Treating Varicose Vein Disease

Nov 18, 2014 09:20PM ● By Laura Ustanovska

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By Laura Ustanovska

Dr. Bruce Cardone describes the seven-member team at Vena - Waukesha, WI as a “tight-knit” group. “We watch over each other and over the clinic,” he says. The team includes Dr. Cardone's wife, Nancy, a nurse, who is intimately involved in the work of the clinic. Together they have three children ranging in age from 6 to 16.

Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Cardone finds the pace of life enjoyably slower here in Wisconsin. He appreciates our state's natural beauty, and the sincerity of Wisconsinites inspires him.

Dr. Cardone has a strong background in radiology, having served as the medical director of radiology at both St. Francis and St. Michael Hospitals in Milwaukee. When varicose vein treatment came to the forefront in the mid-2000s, Dr. Cardone realized this area was a perfect fit for his expert skill set, allowing him to best help patients. He opened Vena because of this passion for the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease.

Dr. Cardone's favorite thing about being the owner and medical director of Vena is meeting his patients. Often, in the field of radiology, there is little or no patient contact. In the field of vein disease and varicose vein treatment and diagnosis, Dr. Cardone has the opportunity to get to know his patients – male and female – something he shares with his entire staff. “People like coming here,” says Dr. Cardone. From the front desk, through initial consultation, treatment and follow-up, Vena's professional staff treat each patient with compassion, happily assisting and getting to know the individual.

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, rope-like veins positioned directly below the surface of the skin. Any vein can become varicose, but these dark blue, bulging veins most commonly occur in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins can be a purely cosmetic concern or can cause a number of symptoms, including cramping, swelling, itching, burning or throbbing, a feeling of heaviness, restless legs and even changes to the skin, open sores, easy bleeding, ulcers and blood clots.

Fortunately, Vena offers a number of minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment options, including endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation and microphlebectomy, as well as ultrasound and non-ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. With many of these newer treatments, patients are awake during the treatment and walk out of the clinic in little or no pain. Patients can usually return to work and normal activities in a day or two at most.

During the initial consultation at Vena, Dr. Cardone performs a comprehensive clinical evaluation of the venous system of both legs. This is followed, if needed, by a specialized ultrasound of both legs. This information allows Dr. Cardone and his staff to put together a map of the the patient's venous system and determine which type of treatment or combination of treatments will best alleviate the patient's symptoms.

Vena is located at N4 W22370 Bluemound Road #201 in Waukesha. For more information, call 262-349-9371.


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