John Renfro, age 41, works for a printing company.

I had suffered with ugly, painful varicose veins my entire life; I was born with them. My job in a printing company requires that I stand on a concrete floor for eight to ten hours a day. Before my procedure, my legs would get tired and hurt. If I stood up after sitting down for a while, I could actually feel my veins filling with blood.

One day when I was in my mid-thirties, I was playing golf in shorts. One of the other men in my foursome said, “I’ve never seen varicose veins that bad before.” Not long after that I decided to see a doctor.

The doctor said he could strip my veins, but he cautioned me that it would be a gory operation. I would have to spend one week in the hospital, and then one week at home lying flat on my back. Furthermore, he said there was no guarantee they wouldn’t come back. His recommendation was for me to live with them for the rest of my life: “You’ve only got another thirty or forty years anyway.”

Fortunately, I heard about Dr. Martin and went to see him. When he looked at my legs, he said that I was one of the top three worst cases of varicose veins he had seen, but that he could help me.

Dr. Martin treated my worst leg first. It took about two hours. I was awake the whole time, and after the surgery I walked out of his office. That was on a Friday. I rested over the weekend and went to work on Monday. A month later, Dr. Martin treated my other leg. There was quite a bit of bruising in both legs, but it cleared up in about a month.

It’s been five years since my first treatments, and none of the varicose veins have come back. I can’t begin to tell you how much better my legs feel! The circulation is 100 percent better. I’m actually wearing shorts on the beach and on the golf course. There’s no pain at all now. It’s unbelievable!

I’ve had several other sessions to treat my spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Dr. Martin calls me his “poster child” because my legs have improved so dramatically. It’s been an extensive process, but I’d do it again in a minute to have the legs I have now!


Aldine Crews, age 65, is a retired pharmacy manager.

I’ve had leg vein problems pretty much my whole life. Even as a teenager, my varicose veins bulged out and were very painful. Pregnancy made them much worse.

After each of my three children, I had vein stripping operations. Every one of them was a terrible ordeal! I had to stay in the hospital for five days after the procedures, and then I had to keep off of my legs afterwards for six weeks or more. In addition, the surgeries were very painful.

You can understand why it took me so long to go back to another vein specialist. From time to time, I would have to see a doctor when I would get superficial blood clots in my left leg, but I kept putting off vein treatments.

Then I heard about Dr. Martin and decided to have him treat me. He and his staff have been wonderful. It’s been great…a breeze! If I had known it was going to be this easy, I wouldn’t have postponed treatments.

I’ve had three treatments on each leg, and the recovery has been smooth and quick every time. My legs feel much, much better! Recently I was on my feet from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and my legs didn’t hurt at all.

What a blessing this has been! One of my daughters teased me recently and said she was going to buy me a miniskirt. I’ve never worn a miniskirt my life, and I’m not going to start now. But I wouldn’t be surprised if she bought me a bathing suit. If she does, I’m going to wear it!


Betty Lewis, age 60, is a debt collector with a credit union.

In high school, I actually had pretty nice legs. But when I became an adult, I worked in retail stores where I would stand on concrete floors in high heels most of the day. That was hard on my legs. After I married, getting pregnant and gaining weight didn’t help. Over time, my legs began to look ugly. They felt hot and the pain was like a toothache.

After a few years, I got a job where I could sit most of the day, but that wasn’t good for the circulation in my legs either. They got where they looked real bruised. My friends would say, “What have you done to your legs?”

A friend of mine had saline injections for her varicose veins, but they didn’t help her. So I didn’t think there was much hope for me, until I found out about Dr. Martin and scheduled an appointment. By that time I couldn’t even walk up steps, and my legs definitely weren’t pretty.

After the first treatment with Dr. Martin, my legs felt considerably better. I’ve had several follow-up treatments since then, and they keep improving. There’s no more heat in my legs and no pain! I can walk up steps without any problem. My legs are not quite as pretty as they were in high school, but I’m very satisfied!

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