Name: Vasana Cheanvechai, MD, MPH, RVT, FACS
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon
Becoming a doctor runs in the family for Dr. Vasana Cheanvechai. Both of her parents are physicians who motivated her to choose a medical career. Dr. Cheanvechai realized how her parents’ strong bonds with their patients can become rewarding and wanted to achieve the same in her career choice.
Before medical school, Dr. Cheanvechai studied history and European cultural studies as an undergraduate at Princeton University. She considered various fields including investment banking, journalism and theater. Her exploration eventually led her back to the field of medicine. After attending medical school at Northwestern University, she completed a general surgery residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. This was followed by an additional year of research in vascular surgery and a two-year fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Maryland, where she also obtained her master’s degree in public health.
To her patients, Dr. Cheanvechai is known simply as “Dr. C.” The vascular surgeon admits, “I enjoy making a difference in someone’s life—making them feel better, helping them to lead healthier lives.” At her practice, she is a solo practitioner who focuses on blood circulation in the arteries and veins. She wants patients to be aware of preventative measures that can be taken toward their circulation health. For example, Dr. Cheanvechai states “Quitting smoking is one of the best things one can do for their vascular health.” Smoking habits along with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are among the worst risk factors for artherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. As for venous disease, she advises wearing compression stockings for those who spend a significant amount of time on their feet to help treat symptoms and bulging varicose veins.
The latest technological advancements in the area of endovascular treatments for venous disease have vastly improved treatment techniques and recovery time, according to Dr. Cheanvechai. Patients with symptomatic venous insufficiency experience painful varicose veins, venous ulcers (open sores) and tired, swollen legs. In the past, patients would undergo open surgical vein stripping under anesthesia, which included a hospital stay and left patients with much discomfort. Today, endovenous laser therapy or radiofrequency ablation can be performed within 15 minutes in the office, often allowing patients to return to their usual daily activities that same day. After the quick and painless treatment, protruding veins will likely disappear with no further treatment and compression stockings will no longer be required to relieve symptoms.
When she isn’t treating patients, Dr. Cheanvechai enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Office contact information
Vasana Cheanvechai, MD
501 S. Rancho Drive, Suite F38
Las Vegas, NV 89106