• 1.Cacioppo, Joseph D, MD

    2400 Lee Hwy N

    Pulaski,VA

    22.37 mi

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07/04/2017
By: Herb C.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I followed the instructions and I experienced no discomfort or problem of any kind following the procedure. My leg felt better and my energy level seemed higher after the procedure, although it may be difficult to separate the excitement of having the veins fixed from the physiologic response. Thanks to everyone at the Virginia Vein Institute for a very satisfying experience.
09/11/2017
By: Pat R.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I am not having the achiness anymore. My legs do not feel tired and achy when I am on my feet all day anymore. They used to kill me, and I would need to put my feet up, but I do not have that anymore. They also look good cosmetically, and I do not feel like I need to hide my legs. The staff and doctor were also wonderful and kind.
08/22/2017
By: Donna T.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I have a whole lot more energy in my leg, and I have not had a cramp in it since the procedures. Every night, I had pain in the leg and in my feet, but that is also better. My experience overall was good. I was worried at first, but if I ever needed it again, I would not hesitate to come back to Dr. Purpera.
07/26/2017
By: Ann G.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I have noticed less achiness, itchiness, and tenderness in my legs since my procedure. This has particularly been true when standing for extended times and in the evenings. I wish my compression stockings did not dig into the back of my knees, but my legs feel better overall when I wear the hose.
08/18/2017
By: Brad K.
Purpera, Frank, MD
My legs were very sore, crampy, and hurting. I found VVI online, and the reviews were excellent. After the treatments, I have noticed a huge difference. No more pain and cramping, and I can start my exercise again! I can walk easily without any problems, and I can sleep without cramps.
07/24/2017
By: Debbie H.
Purpera, Frank, MD
The rope veins have been taken care of . My inflammation and swelling have gone down considerably. Cramping no longer occurs . I am feelings so much better and able to continue to stand long hours at work . I highly recommend Dr. Purpera him and his stuff have taken great care of me .
06/29/2017
By: Herb C.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I received friendly and attentive service promptly--no long waits. Explanations of the procedure were clear, so I knew what to expect. All questions were answered to my satisfaction. Then entire staff was friendly and made me feel free to get all the information that I needed.
08/14/2017
By: Sarah M.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I was having a lot of trouble with my legs, and I had a lot of lymphedema. I heard about Dr. Purpera through my nurse practitioner, and I was able to see him the next day. He worked on both of my legs, and I have been doing wonderful. The stockings are the biggest challenge! .
09/09/2017
By: Shawn A.
Purpera, Frank, MD
Dr. P. Was persistent on a tough issue and we solved it. I felt he and the staff were entirely competent and we meshed well as a team to remedy the problem. My thanks to Dr. P's entire team for their ability to make me feel comfortable through all the procedures.
05/17/2017
By: Rylee K.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I was in good health but had a serious ankle ulcer that had persisted without cure for more than a year despite having seen many doctors. The pain was greater than I could stand. After 'pruning' the veins all ok. A complete cure that I am delighted was possible.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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