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Dr. Thomas Wright

Phlebology
O Fallon
30 years experience male

Locations

Laser Lipo and Veins Center

O Fallon

Address

1630 Market Center Boulevard, Suite 201, O Fallon
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri

CIGNA Health Care

Coventry Health Care

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna

About

Bio

Dr. Wright was one of the first 200-plus surgeons in the nation to become a diplomate in phlebology by the American Board of Phlebology. He has authored and presented several scientific papers on surgical techniques in the treatment of venous insufficiency [the cause of varicose veins].He treats all sizes and types of vein problems from large varicose veins,to tiny spider veins and facial veins. Dr Wright also is an experienced liposuction surgeon who specializes in performing tumescent liposuction using only local anesthesia. This technique emphasizes patient safety and faster recovery over the speed of the procedure. Dr Wright is known for his high degree of patient satisfaction and compassion and has received numerous awards including the Patients Choice and Compassionate Doctor Award

Specialties
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Phlebology

Cosmetic Surgery

Internal Medicine

Doctor Q&A

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
That's fine: It's fine to exercise after breakfast. Enjoy!
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Tobacco is tobacco: There is no safe, healthy form of tobacco.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Could be pregnant: Late for menstrual period and sore breast . could be pregnant. Only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. it takes 2 weeks or so to for te... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Sm temporary effect: Witch Hazel provide very small mild effect to stasis dermatitis but the agent also can be drying which can lead to more irritation long term. The best... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Not much fat: The biggest factor on the visibility of veins on arms is the amount of subcutaneous [ in the skin] fat that you have. Also the large and more toned ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
See a phlebologist: The best way to treat vein pain and itching is to get the veins treated in a comprehensive way that treats the abnormal veins and there causes. The sp... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes: They can occur even in infants.
A male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes: You can have a varicose vein anywhere on your body . Varicose veins are dilated, tortuous, elongated veins. They are most commonly seen on the legs, b... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Headache: It is most likely a muscle tension headache causing the vein to be more prominent . However, a headache so severe you are unable to sleep should warra... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Several choices: There are several medical specialties that focus on lympedema. In order of frequency: vascular medicine specialist, vein specialist also called phlebo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Probably : There are not a lot of good studies on the safety of horse chestnut extract. It is an herbal supplement so does not have to go through quite as much ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
See a doctor: Not sure what that could be with the information given. I would recommend you see a dentist or medical doctor.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
It may worsen: Pregnancy leads to increased fluid throughout the body and a gravid uterus also puts some pressure on the circulation of lymph [ the proteinaceous flu... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Men: Men who have a hard time falling and staying asleep may be at an increased risk of prostate cancer.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Recreational: Recreational drugs can affect the brain and lead to anxiety problems.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Regular: Regular use of caffeine and pain relievers can lead to withdrawal headaches when you try to stop.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Hard to say: Obviously the most common cause of busted / broke blood vessels in your hands is trauma. As we age the skin thins and it and the vessel in it break m... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
No: There is no connection between masturbation and nose bleeds.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Not know association: There is no report of actifed cuasing sleep paralsis.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes: If the clot is only in the superficial vein/s it is safe to remove the vein surgically with either a phlebectomy or stripping.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes very normal: Spider veins also , know as telangiectasias or thread veins commonly first appear in the teenage years. About 40% of female population are effected by... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Dry skin: If your medication is drying, makeup will accentuate the flakiness of skin.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
General fitness : I assume you mean diastasis recti or widely split abdominal muscles. General fitness such as strengthening your abdominal muscles and controlling you... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Sure its OK: Pregnancy may worsen your varicose veins but that can be helped with leg elevation and support stockings. However varicose veins are not a compelling ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Call your doctor: This may just be a scab. To be safe it is best to call your doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Bananas: Bananas are on the high end of the glycemic index. Moderate consumption, single bananas, should not cause blood sugar spikes. If you are diabetic, you... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Doubtful: This carries almost no exposure to disease. It is highly, highly unlikely.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Just those symptoms?: Surgery would not be done for those bloating and flatulence alone . If there was a surgical reason such as a gallbladder disease or twisted bowel etc ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Probably wont affect: Going for a walk probably wont affect your period flow but you will feel better and that is a good thing. :).
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Should be safe: A single dose of 500 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) should be safe to a normal sized healthy adult . If you have any concern or medical conditions cons... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Free weights, bands: Free weights in a variety of weights and stretch bands provide a good at-home workout. Weights can be used in a number of exercises, and bands provide... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Grapes: Wine is made from grapes, and when dark red grapes are used to make wine and the skins are left in the wine a very long time, this can cause a darkeni... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Incorporate exercise: Bicycling, gym workouts, paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, running, walking, elliptical, rowing machine... There are many ways to incorporate exerci... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Moisturizers: Hard water has an increased amount calcium and magnesium ions in it. It can lead to dryness in the skin . Really the best skin can products are moistu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes: Roses can cause inflammation and a condition called sporotrichosis. It is best to wear gloves while gardening with roses.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
No: Varicose veins are not caused or related to uric acid.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
No good evidence: I am not aware of any good study that has shown compression stockings preventing superficial thrombophlebitis. Doctors recommend compression stockings... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Tone abdomen: Sit ups tone ab muscles and burn a slight amount of calories. Reducing overall caloric intake will have a bigger effect on definition.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes very much: They are highly connected. A deep vein thrombosis [ dvt] is clot in the deep tissue usually the legs. If part of the clot breaks off it will travel ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
We: We dont need wisdom teeth any more, but if they dont impact your regular teeth they can stay in.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Hard to say: The veins on the inside of your can become tender from a bruise , a blood draw, other trauma, infection or phlebitis. the last couple of reasons sh... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Lunch choices: A good, inexpensive lunch is lean proteins such as fish, turkey or chicken, prepared with little fat, with vegetables. Or in a salad. Another good cho... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Bruise: If you have popped a vein in your lip, the lip will swell and look bruised.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Melons: Melons contain quite a bit of water, but this may not be enough for rehydration in hot months. Drink plenty of water as well.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
No: Shaving will change the shape of the tips of the hairs. Which may make them appear more or less dark, but it will not change the amount of hair or its... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
ER or Urgent care: Your symptoms sound serious you should see a doctor. Perhaps you should go to an er or urgent care center.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Impossible to know: Molly is a street drug that is unregulated. You have no way of knowing what is being sold or given. Anyone could put anything in pill form and call it... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
In the middle: An egg is low in calories, but contains more than half your day's limit of cholesterol. Eggs are relatively high in fat, and it's partially saturated... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes: You are doing the right things. Exercise and eating a healthy relatively low in carbohydrates diet are helpful. Truly the most powerful lifestyle chan... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
With treatment: There are many treatment to make red veins on face go away. It depends on what caused the veins . Sun ? Rosacea? Bruising ? Medication?. Depending on ... Read More

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Aug 13, 2013
I recommend Dr. Wright. Although I know little about Phlebology, I am learning a great deal from reading the information he provides. It is clear that he is an expert in this field. He is providing a...Read More
I am a colleague phlebologist (vein specialist) Dr wright always out the patient's well being first, and is professional and extremely knowledgeable about vein conditions. He has my highest endorseme...Read More
Aug 19, 2013
Upbeat, personable, and forward-thinking tips plus knowledgeable answers to questions on HealthTap. Dr. Wright is a great addition to this community, and I recommend him.
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This was a waste of 49.00. You mentioned yoga and pacemaker may interact w cell phone and exercise memory decline. What does this all have t do w afib. I wanted info as what pacemaker can do f me
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. Am Medicare & PPO. There is such a backlog of appointments at the University of Miami Health Systems that the earliest appn't is in 3 mos.!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, the more I have been thinking about it , I am leaning that way! I feel it might be a waste of 1800 dollars!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

Patients Choice Award 2010 and 2011 AMA Physician Recognition Award 2007, 2008 and 2009 Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery 2006 Fellow American College Physicians 2008 Diplomat, American Board of Phlebology, 2008 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1991
Top Doctor, First Place, St. Louis, MO - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, St. Louis, MO - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Phlebology ACP American Association of Cosmetic Surgery AACS American Medical Association AMA Missouri State Medical Association MSMA American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery ASLMS American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ARDMS

Publications

Endovenous Laser Ablation without Tumescent Anesthesia
2010 Comparison of Pain and Discomfort Between 1470nm and 810nm Endovenous Lasers.
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