Treating the Pain
At Vein Specialists, Dr. Joseph Magnant helps patients with venous insufficiency
When Dr. Joseph Magnant first completed his medical fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he never imagined that he’d eventually be running the premiere practice for venous insufficiency. And he certainly never saw himself practicing in Southwest Florida. At least, not until he was a little closer to retirement age.
But fate seemed to have other plans for him. And in looking at the success of his practice, Vein Specialists, with offices in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, it seems he chose the right path.
The seed was first planted in 1994, when the woman who would soon become his wife introduced herself in a Georgia restaurant. Diagnosed with varicose veins at the age of 15, she was hoping the arterial surgeon could offer some advice.
“There wasn’t anything I could do for her,” Magnant says. “The technology didn’t come out until 2000.”
The technology he refers to is a minimally invasive procedure called endovenous ablation, which has since replaced the more traumatic process of “vein stripping” used in the past.
“If you know anyone who’s ever had a stripping, they probably would never recommend it. It’s a pretty morbid procedure,” Magnant says. It’s through this new technology that Magnant has since been able to help the overwhelming number of people who were previously living with unresolved pain.
But it wasn’t until 2006, when Magnant and his family visited Fort Myers that he decided to leave the Georgia practice where he’d spent the past 14 years and relocate permanently to Southwest Florida.
DR. JOSEPH MAGNANT NOW DEVOTES ALL OF HIS FOCUS TO CARING FOR THE ONEIN-FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO SUFFER FROM VARIOUS STAGES OF VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY, USING ONLY THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR TRULY EFFECTIVE RESULTS.
“I’m happy I did what I did,’’ Magnant says. “It’s been a much better lifestyle for me and my family, and there’s a real need for someone who’s really focused on vein care here.”
He now devotes all of his focus to caring for the one-infive individuals who suffer from various stages of venous insufficiency, using only the most advanced technology for truly effective results.
“I love how Dr. Magnant cares,” says Laura Shue, a patient who was suffering from multiple symptoms related to varicose veins. “From the moment I walked in to the day of my last appointment, I truly appreciated the kindness of the staff and doctor.”
Dr. Magnant admits there couldn’t be a better place for him to practice, but not for the reasons you’d initially think. It’s the sunny weather and clear skies that lend people to be more cognizant of the condition of their legs. “They’re not naturally hiding them behind a pair of sweatpants,” he says.
Yet many people still don’t recognize the symptoms, in part because of the myths that surround the disease. Swollen legs,
achy feet, discoloration and fatigue are just a few signs. And those bulging veins on your legs? They aren’t just a cosmetic concern.
“Though they’ve been told this by their primary doctor,” says Magnant, who also notes that the condition can affect anyone, at any age or state of health.
Since learning about the misinformation that’s circulating, community outreach and education have played a major role in setting Magnant’s practice apart from others. He’s even created an interactive website, complete with online vein screenings to assist in providing free information. But he won’t push his practice on anyone, even while marketing to the community. “When you’re ready, call us,” Magnant says. Once a patient takes the initiative to visit his office, they can be assured that the staff will continue to actively engage them through every phase.
“By the time they have whatever procedure they’re going to have,” Magnant says, “I want them to be able to explain it to
you, so that they then become spokespeople for the process.” Those who are weary of juggling multiple appointments and waiting for results will be pleased to learn that Magnant tries to make efficient use of office visits. “Patients recognize when they’re getting co-payed to death,” Magnant says.
So to save them time and travel and to reduce some of those unfortunate copays, the office takes care of the consultation, ultrasound and results in the first visit—something most offices would require at least three visits to accomplish. This level of ethics doesn’t go unnoticed, even by his staff. Vilma Schwarz made her decision to join his team largely based on what she saw in his overall character, “because he is so driven with ethics, the best of patient care and his passion to learn and grow.”
Another perk he offers his patients is Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and good coffee. “It’s ridiculously expensive,” he jokes, “but life’s too short to drink bad coffee.’’
Indeed it is.
Dr. Joseph Magnant
The Vein Specialists office in Bonita Springs
Personal touches, like family photos, add a certain warmth to Dr. Magnant’s office.