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Douglas Stafford, MD is the Director of Vein Clinics Northwest, PLLC in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. He is licensed in Idaho and Washington and is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. Since August 1998 he has practiced vascular and general surgery in Coeur d’Alene. He has been treating varicose veins with vein procedures since 2002. Dr. Stafford has dedicated his practice to the treatment of venous disease, varicose veins and medical aesthetics for over 8 years.

Since beginning his full time vein practice in 2005, Dr. Stafford has been a full time phlebologist and vein surgeon and has conducted more than 5,000 minimally invasive procedures for varicose veins. Dr. Stafford strives to help his patients by offering the latest techniques and procedures for vein treatment. Vein Clinics Northwest is the premier medical office in the Inland Northwest specializing in the treatment of varicose veins. Patients come referred and recommended by primary care physicians as well as specialty physicians who respect and trust Dr. Stafford’s expertise.

Vein treatments offered include:

Endoluminal laser ablation: This is a superior alternative to the “old” surgical stripping a malfunctioning vein. A laser filament is inserted while using ultrasound guidance through a small incision.

Micro-phlebectomy: This is the removal or disruption of the dilated, superficial, ropey-like veins. This procedure is used to treat painful and unsightly varicose veins. This procedure is best used to treat veins that are too large for sclerotherapy and too small for laser treatments.

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and superficial sclerotherapy: Soltradechol medication is injected directly into the vein and occludes it so it can then be reabsorbed by the body.

Superficial laser: The diode laser uses a focused beam of light. The laser light is aimed at the vein and targets the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up and destroys the small vein. The vein is then reabsorbed by the body and will disappear over a period of time.

Diagnostic duplex ultrasound is used to identify the source of the vein problem and where the problem in blood flow is occurring. The disruption in blood flow is what causes varicose veins and spider veins to form in and under the skin.

Aesthetics Northwest also offers cosmetic and medical aesthetics procedures including skin rejuvenation, cellulite reduction, laser tattoo removal, injectables including Botox and Juvederm, and spider vein treatment.

Dr. Stafford attended the University of Iowa from 1984-1989 and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine from 1989-1993 and interned in General Surgery at the University of North Dakota from 1993-1994. His residency in General Surgery was also done at the University of North Dakota from 1994-1998.

Dr. Stafford has acted as the Medical Director of Tensed Ambulance in Idaho and the Medical Director of Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services of Post Falls, Idaho. He has served on the committee of Institutional Review Board, Critical Care Committee and Emergency Department Committee of Kootenai Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Phlebology, the American Society of Angiology and the Idaho Medical Association and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He lectures and is a national trainer for Dornier Meditec lasers.

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