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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.
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.
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! .
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.
06/27/2017
By: J L.
Purpera, Frank, MD
I think I am getting better from this procedure and my blood pressure seems to be staying normal. I feel that I have been taken care of by the doctor and staff in a very nice and caring manner.
05/25/2017
By: Josh B.
Purpera, Frank, MD
Explanation of diagnosis was excellent. Procedures went as explained. Recovery from the procedures was within the time frame I was told. Dr. Purpera has a very pleasant bedside manner.
05/26/2017
By: Renee D.
Purpera, Frank, MD
Dr. Frank and his staff are over the top. They show great concern and exhibit overwhelming knowledge. They are also very personable and fun!
08/15/2017
By: Frances W.
Purpera, Frank, MD
My legs feel a lot better. It seems like they are stronger. They have more strength in them, so I can walk longer without having to sit.
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