Treat­ing the Pain

At Vein Spe­cial­ists, Dr. Joseph Mag­nant helps pa­tients with ve­nous in­suf­fi­ciency

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - BY RENEE NO VELLE

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.


“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.

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